AC freeze-up is a common issue for most homeowners. As a Floridian, your AC unit is one of the most vital pieces of equipment in your home. Your AC unit freezes up when hot and humid outdoor air meets the cool air inside of your home. Leaks in your home leave your AC unit unprotected when it comes to freezing up.
Surprisingly, AC units are more prone to freeze up during the summertime. If you are experiencing AC freeze-up, there are a couple of things that you can do to prevent severe damage to your AC.
Turn Off Your Air Conditioner
When you find that your AC is freezing up, the first thing you will want to do is to turn it off. Let the ice defrost. This process can take up to 24 hours for the ice to thaw out.
When you leave your AC on while frozen, it will result in damages that cause you to replace your compressor contactor, thermostat wire, or thermostat. Save your AC system by turning it off.
Change Your Filter
Heat and Cool air have to pass through a filter to circulate throughout your home. It is essential to change and clean your filter to prevent any malfunction to your AC unit. Every 30 days, you should change fiberglass filters. You can replace high-end pleated filters every six months. Removing old filters for a new one depends on the size and the type of AC filter you have. If you see that your home is dustier, it could signify that you need to change your filter.
Open All Vents for Air Flow
Close vents blocks air from circulating in your home. Go into the rooms in your house that no one uses to make sure that the air vents are open. Ensuring that all the vents are available will help the process of thawing out your frozen AC unit.
Check for Blocked Evaporator Coils.
Evaporator coils lower the temperature of your home by removing heat. The evaporator coils are next to your furnace, which helps spread cool air into your house. When your evaporator is blocked, it can cause your AC to break down. Any buildup will stop heat transfer, and your air conditioner will stop circulating cool air. Mold and mildew can grow on coils. Therefore, check your evaporator coils and keep them clean for optimal functionality.
Need Professional Assistance?
These tips will prepare you for AC freeze-ups, so you don’t have to worry about installing new AC equipment or fixing any damages. If you are experiencing any issues with your AC unit and need professional assistance, give us a call at 954-633-2299 We offer a quick turnaround time so that you can indulge in the comfort of having a cool-aired home.