Why do A/C Units Freeze?

Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, spring and summer will eventually come and it’s important to be ready for them. One way to do so is to have your Ft. Smith air conditioner serviced in the spring so you’re ready for warmer weather.

Ft. Smith, AR ac_maintenanceIf you don’t, you may experience the common issue of having your air conditioning unit freeze. If you’ve ever wondered why that happens, wonder no more.

Air Flow is Low

While your air conditioner is busy making cold air, it makes itself cold too. With proper air flow, the warm air from in your house flows over the coils and keeps them from freezing.

Without that warm air, the unit will become too cold and freeze. To keep this from happening, it is important to change the filter in your unit as needed and have it serviced by a professional at least twice a year.

A technician will also check the unit’s fan, since a faulty fan also impedes airflow.

Leaks Within Your Unit

Refrigerant leaks can also cause your air conditioner to freeze. Sometimes coolant can simply be refilled by your air conditioning professional, but that may not be a permanent solution to the problem.

Coolant leaks sometimes require repair and may indicate that it is time to replace your air conditioning unit. Discussing your options with a qualified service technician is the best way to determine if a repair or replacement is the best option.

Outdoor Temperatures

Air conditioners are designed to work when the outdoor temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Some people, however, are so uncomfortable in warm weather that they turn their air conditioner on during the first warm day of spring and then leave it on.

Unfortunately, doing so can cause the unit to freeze when nighttime temperatures drop below 60 or when winter tries to make a comeback with one more chilly day.

Whatever the reason for freezing, you can temporarily fix your Ft. Smith air conditioner by turning the unit off for a few hours. This is a temporary fix, however, and it’s important to call a professional for help resolving the problem.

If you need your air conditioner serviced in company city, call company name at company number for fast service you can trust.

Give Mountain Air Cooling & Heating a call today at (479) 668-0062, to get your water heater flushed properly in your Ft. Smith, AR home.