Gibbon’s 5 Reasons Why Your Air Conditioner is Freezing Up
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 discuss the reasons why your air conditioner is freezing up.
Your Air Conditioner is Freezing Up? Here’s Why!
Warmer temperatures are upon us in Saskatchewan which means air conditioners are in full swing. It can be a huge buzz kill when you need to cool down after a long hot day outside and realize 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 you should be in a “Frozen” movie, that’s a problem. In this article we discuss 5 reasons why your air conditioner won’t “let it go” when it comes to freezing up.
Problem #1: Clogged Air Filter
One symptom that causes majority of air conditioning issues is a dirty or clogged air filter. When your air filter isn’t cleaned/replaced monthly, dust and dirt can build up can 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 to decrease the chance of it being clogged. 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.
Problem #2: Low Refrigerant
Low refrigerant levels can be one of the key causes if your air conditioner is freezing up. This culprit can be at the center of many issues you’re experiencing with your air conditioning 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 & Air Conditioning to access the situation.
NOTE: R22 refrigerant is no longer manufactured. In most instances your old R22 system will likely need replacement.
Air Conditioner is Freezing Up Problem #3: Drainage Issues
The main issues for drainage include dirt causing a blockage or 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 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 at Gibbon to make an assessment.
Problem #4: Thermostat Levels
Blasting your air conditioner can be an easy way to turn your AC unit into an ice cube. By frequently placing your thermostat at a low temperature, you’re producing a higher risk of freezing the coils. To help with that, do not drop the temperature below 21°C or 22°C. If you have a programmable stat, set it the same way you do for heat in the winter which will save you money and is not so hard on your system.
Problem #5: Fan Malfunction
A faulty fan is another issue that may be why your air conditioner is freezing up. Good indicators for a fan malfunction is if you do not feel any air coming out of the registers. First, check that the system is on. Condensation will build up over time and the overage of condensation can build up on the air conditioner coils and result in them freezing due to lack of airflow.
If the fan is damaged or simply not working, contact Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning so we can help get your air conditioner back up and running.
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. Along with looking at the ways to extend the life of your air conditioner, the best way to get to the bottom of why your air conditioner is freezing up is by contacting Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning to book a service appointment.
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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