De-Icing Your Air Conditioner Unit

9 September 2015
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The last thing you want to come home to in the middle of the hot summer is a warm house. As you step foot into your home and see that your air conditioner is not working properly, you want to find out what the cause of it not working is. In many cases, the coils on the air conditioning unit could be frozen. As your unit continues to run during the summer, condensation will build up on the coils and cause ice to accumulate. Additionally, it could develop on the fan blades and damage them as well. As a result, your unit is not able to work properly and could end up damaging the unit further. It is important that you get the ice off immediately to allow the unit work. Here are some tips to help you do this. 

Cut Off Power

Before you begin the process of de-icing the unit, you want to make sure there is no power to the system. You should locate the breaker that connects to the unit and switch it off. You should also cut off all power switches so it cannot be turned on while you are working on it. Should you try to de-ice it with the power on, you could be electrocuted. 

Inspect the Unit

Since you know moisture was present on the unit, you want to give it a thorough inspection for mold. Mold can also permanently damage the unit. While you are checking inside the unit, it is a good idea to clean the filter. This can be done by using water to clean off any debris. This will help your unit run more efficiently. Using bleach or a mold remover, you will need to clean off any mold you find within the unit. 

Place in De-ice Mode

Some air conditioning systems have a de-ice mode setting that will allow the unit to handle the de-icing process itself. If you do not see it anywhere on the unit, you want to check the unit's manual. This should tell you if your particular unit has this setting or not. If not, you want to leave the unit off until all the ice has completely melted. 

Look for Pools of Water

As the ice melts off the unit, you want to make sure it does not leave pools of water lying around it. This too can cause mold to grow on or in the unit and cause problems. You can dry this up using a towel. Once the water is completely gone, you can then turn the power back on and begin using it again. 

To learn more about air conditioning repair, contact a company like Doc Dancer Heating, Air Conditioning & Generators