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Your Air Conditioner Is Freezing Up For These Two Reasons

by Amy Henry

An air conditioner is supposed to keep your home cool during hot days, but it shouldn't do that by turning into a mechanical popsicle. Unfortunately, sometimes A/C units will literally do just that by freezing up. Here are two reasons why this may occur and what you can do to fix the problem.

The Drain System is Clogged

Air conditioners produce a lot of water, because their job is to removed moisture from the air, which helps cool the home. This water is typically collected in a pan that funnels it to a drain. Over time, though, algae and mold may grow in the system that blocks the water from draining properly. This can cause water to spill into the air conditioner and freeze because of the machine's normal cooling function. The ice, then, creates another blockage and the situation gradually worsens until the entire machines is frozen.

After turning off the air conditioner and letting it thaw out, inspect the condensate pan, hose, and drains to determine where the blockage may be. Flush the system out of use a snake to clear out any debris that may be preventing the water from draining properly. Clean the drain area using bleach or other anti-bacterial, anti-microbial chemical to kill bacteria and algae. This should get the machine draining water like normal again.

To prevent this from being a problem again, be sure to check and clean your condensate pan and drainage system on a regular basis.

Thermostat Issues

Another reason your air conditioner may be freezing up is because your thermostat is not working correctly and causing your machine to run all day and all night. Air conditioners need to take breaks between cycles to recover and reset. When the machine is constantly running without stopping, it can cause a number of problems, including freezing.

You can generally tell your thermostat may be the problem if your air condition doesn't shut off regardless of what temperature you set the control at. There are a couple of things that can cause issues with this mechanism. Sometimes dust and dirt can get inside electrical component and interfere with their ability to communicate with each other. In this case, the best thing to do is to remove the cover and gently clean the area.

Another thing that could be wrong is the thermostat is not level, causing the ampere inside to get out of sync. Use a leveler to check the thermostat is aligned and make adjustments as necessary.

For help with a frozen air conditioner, contact a local AC service.