Hely Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to ensuring that your St. Louis home’s AC system is keeping you cool.
If you have noticed that your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home very well, you may find that your outside unit is frosted over! If you do, it’s a strange site finding ice on your unit in the middle of summer.
How does the ice get in the AC in the first place? It does not have water flowing through it that can be frozen. Similar to other types of AC problems, this one could be caused by several underlying issues. Some are more serious than others. You will likely need the assistance of an experienced hvac technician. But there may be a few things you can do first.
Grime and Dirt
As part of routine maintenance, it is important to clean the various equipment in your AC. For example, the evaporator coil in the system could be coated with grime and dirt. This forms a layer of muck that ends up insulating the coil. The coil is now not able to absorb heat as much as it should from the passing air. It ends up getting too cold. This results in freezing of the condensation formed on the coil.
You can try to replace the air filter on your own. An air filter blocked by debris can also cause this problem. A dirty air filter prevents air from flowing freely through your AC, the coil gets too cold and you end up with the same problem, ice on your air conditioning system.
Another possible cause of ice is a refrigerant leak which is a very serious problem. There is a specific level of refrigerant that your AC requires for it to function perfectly. When your system has a lower level of refrigerant, then it’s probable that you have a leak – the way an AC consumes refrigerant is different from the consumption of gasoline by a car.
Low refrigerant hinders the process of heat transfer and puts too much stress on the air conditioning system. This increases the costs of energy, too much wear and tear and in other cases, irreversible damages.
An air conditioner takes care of you when it is hot so learn to take care of it too. Just like your car, an air conditioning system constantly requires check ups. Make it a habit to clean the equipment in the
system and change what needs to be changed. It costs a lot less to maintain an AC than buying a new one. Besides, a poorly maintained AC will really cost you on energy especially if it is low on refrigerant.
Call an Experienced AC Technician
As your friend and neighbor, Hely Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to ensuring that your St. Louis home’s A/C system is keeping you cool, even during those sweltering summer days.
We have the skills and tools needed to cover everything from a new installation to yearly maintenance and repair work, large and small. Leave it to us to make sure that your home is never without refreshing conditioned air when those St. Louis summer temps start to rise.
Call us today at (636) 305-9555 or fill out our online contact form.