Frozen air conditioning unit?
September, 5th, 2015
It’s 100 degrees outside and you find your air conditioner covered in ice. How do you fix this problem? The first thing you need to know is why your air conditioner stopped working correctly in the first place.
The two most common reasons for your air conditioner to freeze up are:
- Low refrigerant (Freon) can happen simply over time or because there is a leak somewhere within the unit. Annual maintenance will help prevent this and keep your home cool during the hot summer months.
- Restricted air flow generally occurs because of a dirty or blocked air filter. In order to keep this from happening, you should change the filter once every three months during the months of use.
Steps to take once your air conditioner freezes:
- As soon as you realize that your air conditioner has frozen, turn it off so that it can defrost. Leaving it running while it is frozen could cause more serious issues.
- Once it is completely thawed, check the air filter to see if it is dirty or completely blocked. If the filter is a replaceable one, simply replace it. If it is one that can be cleaned, be sure to clean it thoroughly and let it dry before putting it back into the air conditioner unit.
- The next step to take if the air filter wasn’t dirty blocked is to check the refrigerant. There must be enough refrigerant or Freon in the unit to allow the air conditioner to run smoothly. If there is not enough Freon or there is a leak, you will need to call a professional, licensed contractor.
If you are in need of a professional, licensed expert to repair your air conditioner unit or to provide routine maintenance on your unit, call Corley Plumbing, Air & Electric at 864-416-7492. All your needs will be taken care of in a prompt and courteous manner.