Summer is approaching and many of us will be running our A/C units non-stop! A common problem many homeowners will encounter will be icy A/C units. It might be difficult to notice if you don’t pass by your A/C unit every day but ice frozen onto the unit is one of the most common problems homeowners will encounter this summer. Here are some helpful tips that will help this!
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What causes these problems?
1 . Low Refrigerant
a. Low refrigerant levels can make the evaporator coil too cold. Call an HVAC professional to fix the leak and recharge the system according to the manufacturer’s directions.
2 . Poor Airflow
a. When your air filter accumulates an excessive amount of debris, it impedes the flow of air. As a result, your air conditioner can freeze.
3 . Dirty Coils
a. Over time, the evaporator coils within your air conditioning system can get bogged down with debris. This can impede airflow, leading to (you guessed it) freezing.
Damaged Blower Fan
Without the hot air moving over the proper parts, a broken blower fan can also cause a refrigerant line to freeze too. If your refrigerant line is frozen, be careful! The freeze can easily back up all the way to your condenser unit outside, causing problems.
Refrigerant is necessary to cool your home, but the lines in which refrigerant travels through can leak and cause a variety of issues. Not only can this can your AC to freeze, but a freon leaks can expose you to the harmful effects of refrigerant.
To thaw out your AC, you need to take two easy steps. First, switch your thermostat to OFF and your fan to ON. This will start defrosting your A-Coil, found inside your home. Give your unit a few hours to fully defrost.
How long does it take to thaw a frozen air conditioner?
Your AC blower motor pulls in warm air from inside your home and blows it over the refrigerant coils that make up the evaporator. How long will it take for my AC unit to thaw? It can take anywhere from 1 hour to over 24 hours to unfreeze your air conditioner. It all depends on the extent of the ice buildup
What Not to Do
Trying to break the ice off the A/C unit will only damage the A/C unit costing more money in repairs.
Finally, it is important to consistently maintain you’re A/C units all year to avoid problems like these. Call the experts you can trust at Western HVAC if you have any questions. (208) 319-1720