A frozen HVAC system in the middle of winter can be a costly and inconvenient problem in your home. The best way to prevent the problem is to have your system regularly serviced by a licensed professional. If you do find yourself with a frozen unit, the good news is there are some things you can do yourself to solve the problem before calling in a professional.
Ice or frost on your HVAC unit isn’t always a sign of a problem. When temperatures dip below freezing – which they do most winters around here – ice is par for the course. Moisture in the air condenses on your unit, then freezes in the cold air. Your HVAC unit is designed to deal with ice by running a periodic defrost cycle, heating the outside of the unit and melting any snow or ice that’s accumulated on it. But when there’s too much ice, frost, or snow built up on your unit, the defrost cycle can’t melt all of it, and it may affect your unit’s ability to function.
There are a variety of things that could cause your HVAC system to freeze, and fortunately, most of them are preventable:
If you think your HVAC system might be frozen, you can check by following these steps:
If these methods do not work, or if you encounter problems during the process, you should call a professional for assistance. Arronco Comfort Air offers a wide range of HVAC repair and heat pump services. If you need help preparing your system for winter or defrosting your HVAC unit, contact Arronco. We’re here whenever you need us.
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