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Air Conditioner Freezing Up: What To Do

There’s air conditioner freezing up means no cool airnothing more aggravating than getting home after a long, hot day in the sun and discovering that you have an air conditioner on the fritz. One of the most common air conditioner malfunctions is for a unit to freeze up. Don’t let its name fool you, when your AC freezes, you and your home are left in the heat. You can either open up all of your windows and hope for a breeze, or follow these three steps to getting your air conditioner up and running again.

Check Your Air Conditioner Filter

A dirty filter could be the underlying cause of your air conditioner freezing up. Locate your return vent, unscrew the cover and check your filter. If it’s dirty, simply replace it. It’s an easy process and new filters can be found at almost any home improvement store.


Thaw out your Air Conditioner

To thaw out your AC, you need to take two easy steps. First, switch your thermostat to OFF and your fan to ON. This will start defrosting your coil, found inside your home. Give your unit a few hours to fully defrost.

The second step is to locate your air handler and the frozen coil. Due to all of the melting and dripping about to take place, it’s a smart idea to inspect your condensate pan. If it isn’t draining properly, you could wind up with a lot of water damage on your hands. If it is draining properly, you can treat your home to cool and fresh-smelling air by dropping a few condensate pan-cleaning tablets into your pan. This will help in preventing any build up over time and eliminate any odors.

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Start Up Your Air Conditioner!

After allowing your air conditioner a reasonable amount of thawing time, switch your thermostat back to COOL. If the air comes out cooler than room temperature, your AC is up and running again.

It’s always smart, however, to call Brown and Reaves Services, let us know what happened and have someone come out to inspect your unit. If the system is freezing (especially if it’s happening over and over), that’s usually a sign that something is wrong, such as a low freon level in your system. If the freon level is low, the coil will freeze. That’s not a “do it yourself” problem you can fix.

Call Brown and Reaves Services for all your summer air conditioner needs. 843-497-9867. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more tips, and grab your 20% off coupon here.

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