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What You Need To Know To Remove Ice From Your Air Conditioner

Sometimes, it's possible to have too much of a good thing, and a frozen air conditioner is one of those things. When temperatures are rising, the last thing you need is for your air conditioner to ice up on you. Knowing how to deice your air conditioner will help you to prevent damage to your unit and get the cool air flowing again.

Symptoms Of A Frozen Air Conditioner

It may not be readily apparent that your air conditioner coils have frozen. Aside from opening the unit and noting the frozen coils, it can be hard to notice this because your air conditioner won't give you many hints that it's suffering.

The first major giveaway that your coils may be frozen is reduced airflow in your home. You'll notice this symptom when you put your hand over a vent; you may feel the reduced airflow as barely a breeze. The second symptom you may notice is a reduction in cooling. You may hear your air conditioner running but notice the temperature failing to decrease.

Once you notice these symptoms, you should take a look at your air conditioner. The longer your air conditioner runs while the coils are frozen, the more damage it will cause.

How To Deice Your Air Conditioner The Right Way

Once you notice your coils are frozen, you must act quickly to deice your air conditioner. You'll want to start by turning off the air conditioner. This is to allow the ice to melt. While the temptation may be present, you don't want to start pulling ice from the coils. Using too much pressure while removing ice from the coils can damage and bend them.

After the air conditioner has been deactivated long enough for the ice to thaw, you'll want to dry your coils. This is to prevent your air conditioner from freezing again. To dry your coils quickly, you can turn on the fan only. This will allow air to circulate through your unit to dry the coils without the risk of damaging components.

While your unit is open, you may want to assess what potentially caused the air conditioner to freeze. Issues such as a dirty air filter or dirty evaporator coils are easy to fix and could prevent the issue from reoccurring.

When To Reach Out To An HVAC Technician

Sometimes, if your air conditioner runs an extended period of time with ice on the coils, it can lead to extensive damage to your unit. When this damage occurs your air conditioner may run, but no cold air will come out — even though the blower may be running.

If you think your air conditioner has been damaged from the ice, you should contact a company that offers air conditioning repair. They will be able to assess any damage to your air conditioner and get it fixed quickly.