It’s the middle of summer and your air conditioner is blowing hot air. You call a repair professional and after an inspection, he tells you that your unit is frozen. How is this possible? A frozen air conditioner that blows hot air? In the summertime?
In fact, it’s a common problem. A frozen air conditioning unit can cause hot air to blow, because the unit is unable to function normally and blow cool air.
How does an air conditioner freeze?
Turning the thermostat too low can freeze a unit. Consult your manufacturer’s information for the optimal thermostat settings. A setting that is too low overworks your air conditioner. It doesn’t make your home cooler. It makes the system work less efficiently. And freezing can result.
It’s amazing how many problems can be prevented with clean filters, regularly replaced. A clogged system means less air flow. This can result in the unit freezing, along with many other problems. A clean air filter is an important key to an efficient and long-lasting air conditioning unit.
Refrigerant can freeze if the level is too low. Ironically, freezing refrigerant causes hot air to blow. The refrigerant is unable to do its job: transferring heat out and cooling the inflowing air. This may be the result of a leak. If you suspect this problem, it’s best to consult a professional air conditioning repair service.
An air conditioning system can also freeze if the fan is not working properly. Debris, or even reptiles caught inside the outdoor unit can prevent the fan from working. Without proper air flow, the unit can freeze.
An air conditioner that freezes and blows hot air in the summer is a common problem, for any of these reasons or more. If your air conditioning unit is not working properly, a professional can help you find and repair the problem, before it damages the system. You can also minimize problems with regular maintenance.
Well, you know what to do if you’re air conditioner needs repair. Call us at Paschall Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We’re ready to dispatch a professional, certified air conditioning repair technician to you within 2 hours.