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What to do if your AC Unit Freezes

It’s hot outside in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding areas. You can’t escape the heat because it’s the middle of summer. Your last vestige of hope is your nice and cool air-conditioned home. But your air conditioning unit has frozen. At Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling, we know how this sounds. Frozen in the middle of summer? It doesn’t make sense. But a frozen AC Unit is common. Here’s why and what you need to know!

How your AC Freezes Up

Not Enough Air. Not enough air flowing through your unit to exchange heat for refrigerant could be the main culprit of a frozen AC unit. The condensation that appears around the coil is usually carried away by the exchange of heat, but if the unit doesn’t receive air, it will not heat up and it will freeze instead.

Mechanical Failures. More specifically, this usually comes down to the blower fan, which helps remove the warmer air from home and replace it with the cool. Cold air is heavier, and it doesn’t flow as easy as warm air does. If the warm and cold air doesn’t switch places, a pressure problem can make your AC unit freeze.

What to Do

Clean Your Filters. This is step one. It’s the most common reason your AC Unit may not be getting enough air. Air filters keep dust and other airborne debris from getting into your AC unit. So, like any filter, they need to be changed regularly so they don’t get too clogged up.

Add Refrigerant. If the filters are good to go, the next thing to check is your refrigerant level. Ask the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating, Plumbing, and Cooling to inspect your AC unit and refill your refrigerant if needed. Alternatively, the refrigerant could be leaking and causing a variety of problems. Have Affordable Service tend to these leaks, especially if your unit is leaking freon. Lastly, freon units will no longer be around by 2020. So, this may be the time to upgrade your unit as well.

Preventive maintenance is always the best method in avoiding a frozen AC unit. Call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling and we’d be happy to help you out. Visit our website to schedule an estimate in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or the surrounding areas.

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