“Why is my air conditioner freezing?” seems like an oxymoron when the temperatures outside are skyrocketing. If you feel warm air coming out of the vents, you may have frozen evaporator coils. What exactly does that mean, and how do you fix it? First, pull the panel off. Next look for ice. If you don’t see ice on the coils, they may still be frozen. If you see ice, your air conditioner is frozen, and you need to have it serviced.
There are a lot of components to an HVAC system. If it’s blistering hot outside and your A/C goes out, call 410 Same Day. We’ll be there today to bring cool air back into your home.
Primary Culprit For Frozen A/C
When the air doesn’t circulate properly, your air conditioning unit has to work much harder. Add in stifling summer heat, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. The primary cause of an air conditioner freezing is an air filter past its prime. Changing your HVAC filter regularly is vital to keeping your HVAC unit in top working order. The air filter catches allergens, pollen, dust, and dirt. We recommend changing your air filter monthly. How often you change your filter will depend on several factors.
Other Issues Causing Your Air Conditioner To Freeze
You may need to look elsewhere if you’ve recently changed your air filter. Obstructed airflow prevents adequately cooling the coils causing your air conditioner to freeze. Check all the registers and vents to ensure they are open. They could have been closed inadvertently. If they’re open but not pushing much air through, have a professional check the ductwork. Call 410 Same Day for an evaluation. A well-maintained system will save money on monthly bills and extend the life of your HVAC unit.
Keep Your HVAC Unit Functioning Properly
An HVAC unit is a critical workhorse in your home, whether summer or winter. It can’t hurt to double-check that the filter recently changed is the correct size and type. Keeping a schedule for changing the filter will help manage this often forgotten task. Changing the filter more frequently is recommended if you have pets, children, someone with allergies, or a smoker in your house.
Having a licensed contractor evaluate the extensive components of your HVAC unit is money well spent. We recommend that you schedule regular maintenance once or twice a year. There are numerous working parts that most homeowners are unfamiliar with and benefit from being serviced by a professional technician.
DIY To Unfreeze An AC Unit
If you regularly take on projects in a DIY style, you can give it a go. If the coils have ice on them, they need to thaw slowly. Don’t bust out the blow torch for this project. There are components of an A/C unit that can be dangerous. Handling the coolant isn’t recommended due to its toxicity—you should trust a licensed contractor for some projects at home. Your air conditioner freezing might be one of those projects. This would be an excellent time to get a tune-up to keep the unit running like a champ.
Having a frozen air conditioner on a sweltering summer day is horrible. Check the vents and filter for obstructions. Check the coils to see if there is ice on them, then call 410 Same Day. We’ll take care of this problem today and get you cooled down before family members start melting down.