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The AC for your Cathedral City, CA home should operate quietly in the background while keeping your household comfortable. Normal sounds include a click at the start and end of a cooling cycle and a soft hum, whir, or a whoosh of air as the fan begins blowing it into your living spaces. However, a hissing sound from the AC’s refrigerant line isn’t normal. It means you have a significant problem on your hands that will require the attention of experienced service technicians.

Know the Signs of a Refrigerant Leak

The refrigerant in your air conditioner is under high pressure. If the refrigerant line cracks, becomes loose or gets damaged in some other way, you may hear a hissing sound. The hissing is the high-pressure gas escaping from the tiny opening. On the other hand, you might hear a bubbling sound coming from the line. A bubbling or gurgling sound usually indicates an issue with the system’s internal pressure. These sound could be accompanied by an odor of chloroform or ether.

Understand the AC Refrigerant Lines

Your AC has two refrigerant lines. The larger one is for the gas phase, and the smaller one is for the refrigerant’s liquid phase. Both lines are made of copper. Valves control the flow of refrigerant through the lines and into the AC coils. A leak may develop due to normal wear and tear, excessive vibration, formic acid from certain refrigerants, a damaged valve, or a loose connection.

Take Action as Soon as You Notice Unusual Sounds

If you hear a hissing sound from your AC refrigerant lines or any other strange noises for that matter, turn the unit off. Do not touch the lines. The chemical refrigerant could potentially cause injury or otherwise pose a health hazard in addition to harming the environment. Only experienced service technicians who are certified to repair refrigerant leaks should take on this type of repair.

To learn more about the signs of problems with your AC refrigerant lines and what different sounds mean, take a look at Vic’s Air Conditioning’s air conditioning repair services, or call us today for additional details.

COVID-19 is affecting all of us.

Vic's Air Conditioning will remain open for business and ready to take care of your heating and cooling needs.

In the wake of the current health crisis in our communities, Vic's Air Conditioning stands ready to ensure your comfort. Maintaining your home's heating and cooling needs is, as always, our top priority.

If you have experienced any illness in your home, please let our dispatcher know and please do not take offense if we choose to not shake hands during this time. We want to ensure that when we send our technician to you, they can take necessary health precautions to protect themselves and those they will interact with throughout the day.

We want to wish all our patrons a healthy and safe time in the next few weeks as our country navigates this situation. Our thoughts are with you all.

Sincerely,
Vic's Air Conditioning

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