Many homeowners in Las Vegas, Nevada rely on air conditioners to cool their homes in the often-unforgiving summers. So, when the A/C goes on the fritz, you may be more than a little anxious about fixing it as soon as possible.
Did you know your air conditioner can actually freeze? That’s right – if you see ice built up on your air conditioner, this is probably a sign that it has frozen. This can happen to both indoor and outdoor units in Las Vegas.
And what’s worse is If you continue to run your frozen air conditioner, you could break the compressor. This results in a repair bill that is about as expensive as simply buying a new unit outright, with prices ranging from $1,500 to $3,000!
You may want to try out some of the following tips to see if you can repair the unit yourself. Failing that, you may also speak with an air conditioning specialist at Ambient Edge by calling 888-628-5890.
Thaw It Out
To thaw the ice out yourself, first, you need to turn the A/C’s thermostat off and turn the fan on. Leave the fan on for a few hours to allow the unit to fully defrost. In some cases, it may thaw out after an hour. In other, more extreme cases, you may need to leave the fan on for a full 24 hours to help the unit thaw out.
After you have done this, turn the A/C’s thermostat back to “cool.” If the air coming out is cooler than room temperature, congrats! You’ve fixed your unit. If not, you may want to consider calling a professional. Note that if the unit continues to freeze in the future, this may be an indication that something is wrong, and you should call a professional to come and check it out.
Check the Filter
If you haven’t cleaned the air filter in a while, this can lead to buildup that can cause the unit to stop working as efficiently. In fact, a clogged filter is one of the main reasons why an air conditioner freezes up in the first place. And it doesn’t take much. A thin layer of dirt is all that is necessary to prevent warm air from flowing through the unit – and warm air is necessary to prevent the unit from freezing up.
Take the cover off the A/C to get to the filter. You’ll want to do this as soon as you adjust the thermostat because the longer you wait, the more thawed water you’ll have to deal with. Clean the filter by running it under water and then waiting until it is fully dry before putting it back inside the unit. Else, you can buy a new one from your local home improvement store; they are fairly inexpensive.
Check the Condensate Pan
Check to see if the condensate pan is draining properly. If not, you could end up with leaks that lead to water damage. You should be able to tell very quickly if the pan is draining properly. If there is a puddle on the floor under your air conditioner, then the pan is not draining, water is building up, and you are risking some serious water damage issues.
If your pan is not leaking before you check it, put some towels on the floor under the unit in case water spills out when you check on it. You also may want to add some specially formulated cleaning tablets to the pan to prevent future build-up and to eliminate any odors.
Check the Condensate Drain
Who knew an air conditioner had so many moving parts? Another reason it may be freezing up may be due to a clogged condensate drain. As you thaw the ice, the water should drip into the condensate pan and then travel outside by way of a condensate drain, represented by a PVC pipe. However, if there’s dirt in the water, this can cause a clog, which then leads to overflow. Overflow leads to water damage, and excess water around the unit leads to freezing.
Call an Air Conditioning Repair Specialist Now
Sometimes you can give it your all, and you still cannot figure out how to fix the problem. If you have cleaned your air conditioner’s filter, and your attempt to thaw the frozen unit out yourself did not work, then it may be time to call a professional like Ambient Edge. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our work. Fill out our online contact form, or call 888-628-5890 to get started.