Just because your AC is something you only use in the summertime, doesn’t mean it can’t still freeze. It actually can happen more often than you’d think, as a result of the simplest problems and mistakes, which is why its important for you to understand how to act fast so you can unfreeze your AC as fast as possible!
Weather’s Too Cold
If it’s hot enough during the day for you to need AC, but temperatures dip back down into the low 60s again in the evening, watch out! Leaving your AC on and letting it run, even if it doesn’t actually kick on because it’s too cold, can cause it to freeze up. Worst of all, because it will likely happen while you’re asleep, you might not even know until it’s too late and damage has already set in.
Fortunately, this problem has one of the easiest unfreezing solutions: turning your AC off. This is even easier when you have a programmable thermostat installed since you can just set it to shut down automatically once the temperature drops below a certain degree, but doing it manually is just as easy. If you know it’s going to get really chilly one night, just turn your AC off before you head to bed, and try cracking open some windows instead!
Probably one of the most common causes for a frozen AC is inadequate airflow. People either forget to clean/replace their air filters, which causes a buildup of dust and debris that eventually blocks air flow, or they buy the wrong type of filter and end up with one that’s too thick/dense for your AC to properly push air through. The lack of airflow creates a condensation buildup in your coils, which freezes over and shuts down your unit. Lucky for you, like accommodating a chilly afternoon, restoring proper airflow is an easy fix!
Make sure your filters are cleaned/replaced every 30 days or so, and that any filters your buy for your AC actually fit your system property (for thickness, a MERV rating of 8 is often ideal). If for some reason you forget, and your AC does freeze, don’t panic. To unfreeze it, just turn off your system completely and let it thaw out for a few hours, take care of the filter or remove whatever obstruction was blocking your airflow, and then turn your fan on to get some fresh air flowing through for about an hour. Once you’re confident there are no more obstructions, and your AC is thawed, you can once again set your AC to your desired temperature.
If the problem is mechanical, meaning you have a refrigerant leak, a broken fan, or there’s some sort of physical damage; or you’re low on refrigerant, you’re going to need to call in the professionals. Freezing like this could be serious, and result in sudden drops in pressure. Unlike a filter change, or a thermostat replacement though, handling refrigerant safely isn’t easy if you’re not experienced. Plus, if the problem is a broken part you’ll need a replacement anyway before you can get everything back up and running.
Lucky for you, Tru Comfort Heating and Cooling really is the ultimate AC unfreezing services provider for home and business owners throughout the vally! That means, whatever might be wrong with your AC, our air conditioning repair technicians will have the situation diagnosed and resolved before you can even finish expressing how frustrating it’s all been for you! Choose the best contractor near you in Tru Comfort Heating and Cooling, you won’t regret choosing us! Call Tru Comfort Heating and Cooling today at (602) 499-7855, or simply fill out the form in the sidebar, to see how we can help.