Should My Air Conditioner Be Frozen?

August 26, 2017/0 Comments

Mechanical issues which may negatively impact the performance, output or dependability of an air conditioning unit can become a real problem. Attempting to make due without a functional AC during the warmer months of summer can lead to considerable inconvenience and discomfort. From frozen compressors to units that may be unable to provide adequate cooling, knowing more about the most common types of AC problems can ensure that households will be able to identify and address a potential issue with greater ease and effectiveness.

Frozen AC

A build-up of ice around an AC unit is a common problem that could lead to further issues if not dealt with promptly. A lack of proper airflow, typically the result of a filter that may be overdue for a replacement, can cause the temperature around the coils to drop until water begins to freeze. Ice that forms on an AC unit can interfere with drainage, place greater strain on the compressor or interfere with other moving parts. Failure to address the problem could lead to further issues which may result in physical damage to the unit as well as higher repair and service costs.

Coolant Leaks

A coolant leak may lead to a performance drop which can impede the function and output of an AC. Cracks along the coolant lines and blown seals or gaskets are often the underlying cause of coolant leaks. Systems that lack sufficient quantities of coolant may be unable to provide adequate cooling and, in more extreme cases, may be capable of doing little more than blowing hot air. Recharging AC coolant often requires the skills and resources of a qualified professional and arranging to have a system assessed, examined or recharged by a service provider is often the best way of dealing with a coolant leak.

Should My Air Conditioner Be Frozen?

Mechanical Failure

Even the best quality parts and components may wear out and fail due to extended use or simple old age. Belts, motors and other mechanical components that are no longer operating properly could create serious problems within an AC unit. Preventative maintenance and periodic testing of an AC unit or other climate control system can reduce instances of mechanical failure and ensure that equipment is able to last as long as possible. Routine service and maintenance can go a long way towards reducing the risk of a breakdown or other mechanical failure which might impede the operation or dependability of a unit.

Drainage Problems

In order to function properly, AC units need to drain the moisture which created by air compression. Drainage lines which have suffered a clog or become blocked by physical debris may impede water flow. Drainage problems can be especially problematic when they occur alongside other issues such as frozen coils or mechanical concerns. Inspecting a unit’s drain pan and assessing drainage lines in order to ensure that they are free of clogs and occlusions is often enough to deal with most minor problems although more extensive issues may require more in-depth repairs. Arranging to have an AC unit inspected and tested on an annual or even a seasonal basis should allow owners to reduce the risk of a drainage problem developing.

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