It's hard to believe that an air conditioner can turn into a block of ice on a sweltering summer day. However, that's exactly what happens when your unit's evaporator coil freezes over. This can happen for a wide variety of reasons, but the important thing is to thaw it out as soon as possible. The following offers a few pointers on how you can do just that.
Ways to Defrost Your A/C System
There's more than one way to warm up your frozen A/C system. Here's how you can do it safely:
One thing you don't want to do is chip away at the ice with a screwdriver, ice pick or hammer. These tools can easily damage or even destroy the delicate evaporator coil. You also shouldn't use your furnace or heat pump's heat setting to thaw the ice buildup, as it could stress the coils and other vulnerable A/C components.
How to Prevent Future Freezing
After getting rid of ice buildup the first time around, chances are you're not up for a repeat performance. To keep that from happening, here are a few preventive measures you can take:
With these tips, you won't have to struggle with a frozen-solid A/C unit, plus your unit will run more efficiently while saving you more money on your maintenance costs than before.
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