Things to Do When an Air Conditioner Freezes
September 28, 2017
Having regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system will save you money in the long run.
Whenever you notice any signs of frost or ice in your air conditioner, or find that the unit is not performing properly, take immediate action. It is important to nip it in the bud otherwise it may damage the walls, floors and ceilings. If the issue is ignored for too long it may lead to compressor failure. You may have to pay for expensive repairs or buy a new one. Here are some helpful tips on dealing with this type of an issue.
Common Reasons Why Air Conditioners Freeze
Diminished Airflow – This can happen due to a clogged filter or a broken fan. If the fan runs sluggishly or does not turn on, the unit may freeze because when the fan does not work properly sufficient air does not flow over the coils and they become excessively cold.
Obstructed Drain Line – There may be some obstruction in the drain line.
Refrigerant Leak – The chemical which runs in the AC coil and changes the pressure and temperature to remove heat is known as the refrigerant. If there is a leak, the pressure may be reduced and may cause freezing. Actually, the AC does not consume refrigerant and there is no need to add it unless there is a leak. So if you have to add refrigerant every year it implies that there is a leak which needs to be fixed.
Faulty Thermostat – If you notice that the AC runs constantly even when the temperature is not very high there are chances that the thermostat is not functioning properly. The coils of an AC which runs constantly become too cold due to which the unit freezes. In such cases, the thermostat should be recalibrated or replaced.
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