Understanding Icy Air Conditioners: A Quick Guide by Forquer Heating and Cooling

 

At Forquer Heating and Cooling, we often get asked about ice formation on air conditioning (AC) units. Many think that ice signifies that the unit is working overtime to cool their home. In reality, it's an indication of an underlying problem with your AC system.

Ice forms on your air conditioner due to the condensation of room moisture. If your home isn't cooling properly despite the AC being set at a lower temperature, chances are there's ice on the compressor or the line emerging from your furnace.

Here's what you can do to fix this issue:


•    Replace or clean the filter: Over time, filters get dirty and obstruct the airflow. This is the simplest and most cost-effective solution.
•    Open all the registers: Make sure you're allowing maximum air to pass through the furnace.
•    Turn off the cooling on your thermostat: This shuts down the compressor outside, preventing further ice formation.
•    Switch the fan from auto to on: This initiates the furnace system blower, which begins to melt the ice on the evaporator coil.

Be prepared for some water spillage as the ice melts. After ensuring that all the ice has melted and the issues mentioned above have been addressed, switch your AC back to cool mode. If your AC continues to form ice, it might indicate a more serious problem like a refrigerant shortage or system malfunction.

Trust your AC maintenance to us at Forquer Heating and Cooling. Our experienced team can help you with all your AC problems. Visit our website at forquerheatingandcooling.com to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment. Keep your home comfortably cool, always.

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