A/C Troubles? You Probably Need A Leak Search

Posted on July 1, 2017

It’s another hot West Texas summer, and it’s no fun to come home after a long day at work, maybe even working out in the hot sun, and realize your cooling system just isn’t doing the job.

As always, your call for AC repair in Lubbock and the surrounding area should be to Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric.

One of the first and most important things our certified technicians will do is a comprehensive leak check on your air conditioner.

It is possible the problem is an AC R-22 refrigerant leak. Only a trained Armstrong technician has the knowledge and necessary tools to determine if it is the cause to your problem. They will examine every inch of your air conditioner to find a R-22 refrigerant leak. Even a soldered connection with corrosion can cause a leak.

It’s Armstrong’s experience an air conditioner leaking is often a sign of more serious issues. It could mean it makes more sense to talk about replacement rather than repair.

It’s especially true if you have an older unit using R-22 refrigerant, which damages the environment. Your AC unit could be helping to destroy the ozone layer in the atmosphere if it’s 10 years or older. The rapidly rising cost of R-22 could make an AC leak repair cost-prohibitive.

What you may not realize is a refrigerant leak is not the only type of leak causing your house to get too hot during the summer.

A leaky home can also be the reason your cooling system isn’t doing the job. We are not talking about a leaking roof when it rains. Armstrong is talking about a house escaping conditioned air. It can be a problem with insulation or bad seals around windows and doors. Armstrong’s home performance experts can identify any problems and provide you a plan for repairs.

Your home has to work together with your HVAC systems. It is the only way to get the most efficient heating and cooling possible.

A third type of leak check is your home’s ductwork. Leaky ducts can mean the conditioned air is never getting to the actual living areas in your home. Duct problems can cut your system’s efficiency by 30% or more.

Among the recommendations, our home performance contractor may suggest:

  • Sealing your home’s ducts with mastic, metal tape or spray-on sealant
  • Balancing the duct system to optimize air flow to all rooms
  • Insulating ductwork in attics, crawlspaces & some basements

We know you already have our phone number written down for quick access when you have HVAC or plumbing needs. Now Armstrong has licensed and trained electricians on staff to handle all your residential and commercial electrical work. Something Wrong? Better Call Armstrong!

"The new air conditioner is fantastic. It is so quiet and smooth and cool. We can never express to you the appreciation for working with us on this." - Jack D.
"Great job on a late Saturday night—completely satisfied!" - David S.