Thaw Out And Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit


An evaporator coil transfers warm air into cool air before being blown out of an air conditioning unit. If the coil in your air conditioner is frozen, you will notice that no cold air is coming out and that the front of the unit may have ice forming on it. You can successfully thaw out your unit by following a few steps. Once finished, perform a couple maintenance steps so that the problem does not occur again.

Turn Off The Power And Collect Water

Thawing out the evaporator coil can be a messy process. Be sure to unplug the unit and turn off the breaker switch that connects to it. This will prevent the risk of electrical shock. Lay down a plastic tarp underneath the unit. Place a bucket in any area that you see water dripping. It will take several hours for the unit to thaw out. To speed up the process, run a hair dryer and point it at the front of the unit in the areas where ice has formed. Once the unit has thawed out, dry it off completely with a towel.

Clean The Condenser Coils

Condenser coils transfer heated air to the outdoors. This part of your unit can become dirty, causing the coils to clog and stop working. Use a wire brush and coil cleaner to correct the problem. Spray the cleaner on the front of your unit. It will foam up, allowing you to easily see where it is. Rub the coils gently with a wire brush. The bristles on this type of brush will be able to reach in each crack.

Use a fin comb to straighten any bent pieces of metal. Place the corner of the comb underneath metal sections that need straightening and press firmly in the direction that you would like the metal to bend. Coil cleaner and fin combs are items that are carried by retailers who sell air conditioning units.

Change The Filter

The air conditioner's filter needs to be clean enough to allow air to flow through it. This material is one of the easiest to maintain but is often overlooked. Check the filter monthly. If it is only a little bit dirty, clean it with soapy water and a scrub brush. Allow the filter to dry completely before replacing it. If the filter is filthy, replace it with a new one. Filters do not cost much money and can be inserted within a couple minutes. 

Once you have finished thawing out your unit and have completed the maintenance steps, turn the breaker back on and plug in your unit. You should notice it cooling your home down in the amount of time that it usually does. If you're still having problems with your unit, contact HVAC services


21 October 2014

Understanding Advances in HVAC Systems

When our air conditioner broke last year, I was fairly confident that we would be left trying to choose a similar system for a bunch of money. However, our friend who works as a general contractor explained that there were all kinds of neat advances in HVAC systems that might help us out. He explained that we might be able to enjoy a quieter system or one that filters our indoor air more effectively. We liked the sound of that, so we started shopping for a new system. After finding an air conditioner that was perfect for our place, we started this blog to educate other homeowners about new technology.