Frozen things can be really great, especially during the Texas heat. What Texan doesn’t want to enjoy a frozen margarita or an ice-cold lemonade while they sweat out the hot weather? But the one frozen thing nobody wants during the summer is a frozen air conditioner. Instead of cooling down your home, your air conditioner might freeze up and let out warm or room temperature air. Now nobody wants that. If your air conditioner is frozen, you may not need an AC repair. You can usually follow these simple steps to fix it.
- Turn off your air conditioner
If your AC is frozen, the first thing you should do is turn it off. Leaving it running will only make it worse and waste a lot of energy.
- Turn on the fan
After having the AC turned off for some time, turn on the fan to increase the speed at which the ice thaws.
- Dry your coils
Once your AC is done thawing and no more ice remains, wipe away any excess water that remains on your evaporator coils so the unit doesn’t freeze up again. Wiping down the coils will also prevent the buildup of odors.
- Enjoy your air-conditioned home
Once you’ve gone through the process of thawing out your AC unit, you can once again enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned home.
Now that you know how to thaw a frozen AC unit, you might want to know how it happens so that you can prevent it in the future. Here are the three main causes of AC freeze ups.
- The first, major cause of an AC freeze is a dirty air filter. Remember to change out your air filter regularly.
- Another cause is dirty evaporator coils. You can clean them with an attachable vacuum hose.
- Finally, your refrigerant might be low. Less Freon in the system means a lower pressure inside the system, which can lead to temperatures inside the system to drop below freezing. If you suspect this is the cause, call an AC company to come take a look.
If troubles with your AC unit persist, consider sitting back with one of those frozen margaritas we mentioned earlier and submit an AC repair request to the experts at Champion AC.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.