The “chilling” sign? Ice on your refrigerant lines.
Why is it so dangerous?
Because it will eventually destroy your A/C (costing you anywhere from $4,000 to $25,000 depending on the cost of your A/C system)
Think ice can’t build up in this Arizona heat? Think again. It can (and does) happen to many homeowners in our area.
We’ll explain why ice forms on refrigerant lines and what you should do if you ever see this on your A/C.
We know—it is odd to think that ice could grow on your air conditioner when Arizona temperatures can reach up to 115 degrees.
But it definitely happens when the refrigerant in your A/C system gets too cold.
You see, your evaporator coil (the indoor A/C unit) contains coils filled with cold refrigerant that absorb all the heat and moisture from your home’s air.
But when the refrigerant gets too cold, moisture from the air starts to freeze on the coils. Over time, the ice will spread along the refrigerant lines until it gets to your outdoor unit and destroys your A/C’s compressor.
So what causes refrigerant to get too cold? Two common reasons include:
If your A/C continues to run, it will build more and more ice and eventually that cold refrigerant will travel to your compressor, destroying it. So, turn it off as soon as you see the ice and keep it off so that the ice can thaw.
If you ever see ice forming on your air conditioner (no matter where it is), contact a professional immediately!
Waiting and continuing to run the A/C can be a costly and an uncomfortable mistake.
Sometimes, homeowners make “A/C blunders” that can cause their A/C to ice up.
So, to help prevent this problem, avoid these 4 common A/C mistakes:
Do you want to make sure your A/C is summer-ready? Do you want to prevent pricey freeze-ups?