AC Troubleshooting Tips From The Team at Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning
Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for 40 years. We are a ‘total service’ company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all of their plumbing, air conditioning and heating ( HVAC) related requirements. As an Independent Lennox Premier Dealer, the Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning team is proud to provide prompt, courteous and professional service that is required by Lennox’s Quality standards. We are regularly evaluated through an independent customer satisfaction survey process. We are trained to design, install, service, and maintain home comfort and indoor air quality systems in Saskatoon and area . In our latest article, we share some AC troubleshooting tips for Air Conditioning units that are freezing up.
Some AC Troubleshooting Tips
Spring is upon us once again in Saskatoon, so it is time to start thinking about your Air Conditioner. It can be huge buzz kill when your air conditioner is on the fritz. How can you enjoy yourself when you feel like you’re melting on your couch? -If your air conditioner looks like it should star in a “Frozen” movie, that’s a problem.
So, why do air conditioners freeze up?
Here are a few idea’s to keep in mind:
AC PROBLEM: Clogged Air Filter
One symptom that causes a majority of air conditioning issues is a dirty air filter. When your air filter isn’t cleaned/replaced monthly, dust and dirt can build up and obstruct proper air flow. In turn, this causes your refrigerant to over-cool and freeze any condensation located on your air conditioner.
Inspect your air filters monthly. If you see dirt beginning to form, give it a clean . We recommend to clean or replace your filters every 4-12 weeks. If the filter looks unrecognizable, the best option is to replace your air filter.
AC PROBLEM: Low Refrigerant
Another symptom is low refrigerant levels. This can be one of the key causes for your air conditioner freezing up. This culprit can be at the center of many issues you’re experiencing with your AC unit. In regards to freezing, a low level of refrigerant will cause the evaporator coils to freeze over. Your refrigerant can run low when you have a leak, caused by holes or cracks anywhere in your system
Contact Gibbon Heating to access the situation. NOTE: R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured. In most instances your old R22 system will likely need replacement.
AC PROBLEM: Drainage Issues
The main drainage issues are:
- Dirt causing a blockage
- The drain line and pipe are loose.
When it comes to a blockage, the water can be disrupted by dirt buildup and can eventually cause the air conditioner to freeze up. When your drainage pipes are loose, the water will begin to leak all around the air conditioning system and later freeze over if the leak isn’t cleaned.
During humid days, check on your drainage pipes. Be sure you see water traveling through the drainage system. If you’re experiencing a clogged drainage pipe, contact us to make an assessment.
AC PROBLEM: Thermostat Levels
Blasting your AC can be an easy way to turn your air conditioner into an ice cube.By frequently placing your thermostat at a low temperature, you’re producing a higher risk of freezing your coils.
To help with that, do not drop the temp down below 21-22 deg C. If you have a programmable stat, set it the sameway you do heat in the winter (this saves money and is not so hard on your system)
AC PROBLEM: Fan Malfunction
A faulty fan is another issue that can result in a frozen air conditioner. Good indicators for a fan malfunction is if you’re not feeling any air out of the registers. Check that the system is on. Condensation will build up over time. The overage of condensation can build up on your AC coils and result in them freezing because of lack of air flow.
If the fan is damaged or simply not working, call Gibbon Heating and Air and we can can help get you up and running\
See more of Gibbons Air Conditioning Articles and Tips here
Whether it’s an easy fix or a more serious issue, a frozen air conditioner can put a huge dent in your cool, refreshing summer. The best way to get to the bottom of your air conditioner issue is by contacting Gibbon Heating & Air to book a service appointment. Ask about our Spring Special!
Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 25 Years, a “Total Service” company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all plumbing, Air conditioning and Heating/ Furnace ( HVAC) related requirements. As an Independent Lennox dealer, Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning we are proud to provide prompt, courteous and professional service that is required by Lennox’s Quality standards!
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