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What Is A Frozen AC?

August 25, 2023 | Blog

Have you ever frozen up during an uncomfortable conversation? If you know the feeling, you understand that it can have a huge impact on how you feel for the rest of the day. The same concept applies to a frozen AC, which can leave your house feeling absolutely out of control! When your AC freezes up, you’ll have little to no control over your home’s temperature.

At Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect, you can be sure that we will unfreeze your air conditioner and have it working in no time. With lots of experience under our belt, you can expect award-winning services and long-lasting AC repairs. There are a few reasons your system may freeze over, but we have all the answers you need to solve the problem.

What Causes A Frozen Air Conditioner?

Frozen ACs can occur for a few different reasons. One common reason your unit may freeze is restricted airflow due to clogged air filters or blocked ducts. This leads to inadequate air circulation, which can shut down your air conditioner completely.

Low refrigerant is another likely culprit due to decreased heat absorption that causes ice to form on essential parts of your system. While low refrigerant may seem counterintuitive as a culprit, since its job is to freeze the air, there is no way to absorb the heat without this essential chemical. 

Finally, malfunctioning components such as your thermostat or blower motors can lead to freezing. To ensure that none of this damage is permanent, you’ll need to enlist the help of an experienced HVAC technician. 

How To Thaw Your Air Conditioner 

If you notice ice buildup on your unit, thawing can help restore proper function and prevent potential damage. There are a few steps you should follow to safely thaw the machinery. 

Turn Your AC Off

By turning your air conditioner off for an extended period of time, you can allow your system to defrost naturally. This may seem time-consuming, but it is a safe and effective way to ensure it thaws without interference. You’ll be able to see the ice slowly melt away without the risk of damage to your or your unit.

Never Attempt To Speed Up The Process

While you may be tempted to try and warm up your AC to speed up the thawing process, it can cause a lot of damage to the machinery and its individual components. Sharp objects and heating devices can warp and puncture essential parts, making it dangerous to attempt to thaw it quickly. Chemicals such as refrigerant can also get on your hands and other exposed skin, potentially causing frostbite and other injuries. 

Inspect Your Outdoor Unit

Inspecting your outdoor unit is a great way to look for other signs of freezing. It could give you a great insight into damages, what problems you may face and what caused the freezing in the first place. If you live in a cold area, your outdoor system will be primarily affected by freezes. 

When Should I Get Professional HVAC Repair For A Frozen AC?

When facing a frozen air conditioner, it’s important to have help to address the issue promptly and prevent further damage. A frozen system is a sign of an underlying problem that requires expert attention to solve. Making sure you schedule professional repair anytime your unit freezes is a great way to ensure that you’re not stuck with costly repair services in the future. Most importantly, it will also help keep your home comfortable. 

Call Today For Expert Edmond AC Repair

When your cooling system freezes up, Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect has all the tools you need to keep your unit up and running. Whether it’s because of reduced air circulation or a refrigerant leak, we can get your air conditioner repaired in the nick of time. With flexible financing options and award-winning services, you can be sure that we are here for you. Contact us today for expert air conditioning repair!

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