We count on our air conditioners to keep our houses cool. So, what do you do when your air conditioner freezes? Let’s look at some steps to take.
Thaw the Air Conditioner Out
To thaw the ice out, you first have to turn off your thermostat. Then you need to turn your fan on. Leave your fan on for several hours. This will allow your unit to defrost completely. Sometimes this is going to thaw out after just an hour. However, sometimes it can take 24 hours before it’s thawed.
Once this is done, turn your thermostat to the cool setting. If its air is below room temperature, then the problem’s been fixed. If it isn’t, it may be time to call a professional. If it keeps on freezing after you fix it, chances are that you want to have someone come and look at it.
Check the Air Filter of Your AC
If it’s been a while since the air filter’s been cleaned, this could be the reason why your unit stopped working. Your filter can become clogged easily, and that’s one of the big reasons why it may have frozen. All it will take to stop the air from going through your unit is a thin dirt layer.
Take your AC’s cover off to reach the filter. This should be done after you’ve adjusted your thermostat. Otherwise, you’re going to have a lot of thawed water that you will have to worry about. You can clean your filter by running it underwater. Then you want to make sure it’s completely dry before you put it back into your AC. You can also purchase a new one.
Examine the Condensate Pan of Your AC
Check and make sure that the pan’s properly draining. If this isn’t doing its job, there could be leaks that are causing water damage. It’s easy to tell if this is the case. Look beneath the AC unit. If you see a puddle, then it’s not draining. There’s water building up and you may have some issues with water damage.
If the pan isn’t leaking before you’ve checked it, place some towels around your unit in case there is water spilling out.
Inspect the Condensate Drain of the AC
Your AC has a lot of moving parts, so there’s another reason that it might be freezing up and that’s because the condensate drain is clogged. As the ice is thawed, water should be dripping into the pan and then going out using your condensate drain.
If there is dirt in your water, it could lead to a clog, and this causes overflow. This causes water damage and a lot of water around your unit can cause freezing.
These are the things that you want to do when you have a frozen air conditioner. If you notice that this happens a lot, it’s better to have it checked by a professional since you may need a replacement unit.