The weather in Brevard County can heat up fast, leaving residents across Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne, Merritt Island, Rockledge and surrounding areas hot and bothered.
Our AC keeps us cool no matter the season, but one problem can leave you sweating: AC freezing up. Frost buildup is a clear indication something isn’t working right, reducing the AC’s ability to cool air and leaving your home feeling like a sauna.
Step One: Thaw it out
Frost isn’t just a performance killer, it can also end up doing damage to your unit if left unchecked. At the first sign of frost, shut off your AC and thaw it out. NOTE: Thawing ice means water. Make sure to have a drip pan or towel handy for cleanup. Once thawed, run the fan for an hour to help dry things out.
Step Two: Check the air filter
A clogged-up air filter can impair airflow throughout your AC. Any reduction in airflow reduces efficiency, puts stain on the AC unit, and can result in the buildup of frost. Check for any visible signs of dirt or other buildup. If the filter is a re-usable one, clean it per the manufacturer’s instructions. If not, replace it yourself or call a professional to bring and install a new one.
If cleaning and/or replacing the air filter didn’t work, you might be facing a more serious issue. Anything that reduces or restricts airflow or refrigerant can cause freezing. This could be caused by mechanical failure, a refrigerant leak or other unknown cause that is best left to the professionals.