Your air conditioner essentially has one job, and that is to keep your home cool. Sometimes, you may find that it keeps things a little too cool, and as a result, the unit freezes up. A frozen unit is easily identified by a build-up of ice on the system. If your unit is frozen, it will not cool your home properly. It can also cause severe damage to your unit since they are not designed to function covered in ice.
What Causes Freezing?
Freezing is caused when the air conditioner gets too cold, typically because the unit isn’t getting enough heat. Without heat returning to the system, it constantly cools, and its temperature drops lower and lower until freezing occurs. You will actually see ice on the system when it is frozen over. The lack of heat returning to the system can be attributed to issues with airflow, mechanical failures, or low pressure inside the system.
What Can I Do?
As a rule of thumb, you should not be running your air conditioning system when it is less than 62 degrees outside. Air conditioner experts call this the “danger zone” for air conditioning units, since operating in that temperature is likely to cause a freeze up. If you discover your unit to be frozen, you should stop running it immediately. We recommend allowing it to defrost so that you can diagnose the issue. Turning the system off at the first signs of frost will also prevent any further damage, which is important if you want to avoid repair costs.
Call A Professional
Air conditioning systems can be very complicated to navigate and fix without adequate experience. For that reason, it is of utmost importance to call the professionals at Altman’s Cooling and Heating instead of attempting to handle it yourself. When someone without experience examines a unit, you run the risk of causing further damage to the unit or repairing it improperly. A temporary fix equals a bigger problem in the long run.
If your unit has been freezing up or you have other issues with your HVAC system, contact Altman’s Cooling and Heating today at 321-300-1407. Our team has been serving the Titusville and New Smyrna Beach area for 30 years.