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Summer Heatwaves And Hot AC: 3 Tips To Deal With Frozen Condensing Units

Heatwaves mean you need your AC more, which also means that it works harder to cool your home. Lack of maintenance can cause problems during these times, and dirty condensing units can cause freezing and serious damage to your air conditioner. If you know how to detect these problems and deal with them, then you will be able to prevent serious damage to your AC. Here are a few tips to help deal with frozen condensing coils during the hottest summer weather.

1. Winterization and Spring Servicing to Prevent Summer Freezing

Winterization is something that can help prevent damage to your AC during cold weather, but it can also lead to problems in the spring. If you cover your unit, you want to make sure that you leave a gap for air to circulate to prevent mold and mildew. In addition, it is important to remove any tops on drain lines and clean the unit when you remove the cover and get ready to start using your AC in the spring.

2. Turning the AC Off and Letting Frozen Condensing Coils Thaw

It is in the middle of summer, and you turn the AC on, only to find that it is making you hotter. What do you do to deal with this steamy situation? Are you going to contact the technician to come and help you? Yes, you will want to contact the HVAC service to help, but before you do, turn off your AC to allow the frozen coils to thaw. Turning off the AC will prevent overheating that can cause damage to the compressor and other mechanical components. This overheating can also cause your AC to blow hot air into your home, making it hotter, instead of colder.

3. Cleaning the AC Unit and Contacting an HVAC Technician for Repairs

The dirt and grime that collects on the condensing unit are what causes freezing and problems with your AC. If you want to prevent the freezing of your AC, it is important to keep the AC unit clean. Make sure to keep debris from trees and outdoor contamination cleaned. It is also a good idea to have an HVAC contractor service your unit regularly.

These are some tips to help deal with freezing condensing coils and prevent serious damage to your AC. If you need help with maintenance and repairs, or if you think it's time for an AC upgrade, contact an HVAC contractor for help with the maintenance needs of your air conditioner.