Ice is perfect for keeping beverages and freshly caught fish cold in the summertime, but the one place you don’t want it is on your AC unit. An icy air conditioner can cause problems for your home comfort—such as keeping your home warmer than it should. If that happens, trust that Martens Plumbing & Heating has all the tools you need to keep your home comfort levels where you want them.
Three Things That Cause Ice to Form on Your Air Conditioner
The AC’s evaporator coil transfers heat from inside your home to the outside. When that evaporator coil fails, it drops below freezing, allowing the surrounding humidity to collect, freeze, and form ice on the AC unit. There are three main reasons why your evaporator coil may stop working:
- Improper airflow—less air gets to the evaporator coil when the air conditioner has inadequate airflow, causing it to freeze.
- Low refrigerant levels—when your AC is low on Freon or another refrigerant, it causes the evaporator coil to become too cold, thus resulting in an icy air conditioner.
- Faulty thermostat—if your thermostat fails or is set too low, your AC may run nonstop and cause your condenser’s temperature to eventually drop below freezing.
Take Outdoor Temperatures Into Account
Air conditioners are meant to work only in a specific temperature range. Most of us don’t think about this—we only turn it on when it’s too hot outside. But if you use your AC when it’s below 62 degrees outside, you’re asking for trouble. The pressure inside the air conditioner drops, which can also cause it to freeze.
Regular Maintenance Is Key
From cleaning filters to catching other issues before they break your air conditioner, routine maintenance is your best friend. In fact, it’s key to ensuring you get an AC unit that breaks down less frequently, lasts longer, and is more energy-efficient.
Icy Air Conditioner Repair Service in Southeast Wisconsin
If you’ve experienced any of these issues, don’t sweat it—our professional and knowledgeable staff has your back. As a certified Bryant® dealer, we can service all AC makes and models, and can even make recommendations on new systems. Our expert repair and installation will have your home feeling more comfortable in no time. We even offer 24-hour emergency service, so you don’t have to wait for normal business hours. Call us today at 262-363-7146 or contact us online for all your comfort needs.
Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for air conditioner maintenance. And if your air conditioner still uses R-22 Freon refrigerant, it might be time to get a new unit. Why? Because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prohibited the manufacture and installation of new R-22 appliances since 2010. It’s also gradually reduced the production of this ozone-damaging refrigerant. Starting January 1, 2020, companies will no longer be able to manufacture or import R-22 into the U.S. This regulation will impact millions of homeowners—keep reading to find out how it impacts your air conditioner.
Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner
Some homeowners worry that if their air conditioner uses R-22 refrigerant, then they can’t use it anymore. This isn’t true. If your A/C runs safely for another 10 years, that’s great. The repair or replace question comes into play once your aging system breaks down. Or if it requires a refrigerant recharge because R-22 is very expensive and not readily available.
Rather than paying an arm and a leg for an R-22 refrigerant recharge, we often recommend that our customers consider a replacement. We know the cost of a replacement is hard to swallow but sometimes it makes more sense to put your money toward a new energy-efficient system than an expensive recharge. Your trusted Martens Plumbing & Heating technician can help you decide which makes more sense.
Trust Us for An Honest Recommendation
Over half of the energy used in your home goes to your heating and cooling. That’s why we focus on maintaining a high level of efficiency and saving you as much money as we can. When your system is no longer safe or a repair isn’t worth the cost, count on us for an honest recommendation and installation. We train our pros to do what’s in your best interest and that’s exactly what happens at every appointment. Count on us for a tailored Bryant® system recommendation and professional installation that fits your budget and keeps your family comfortable for years to come.
Let the Pros at Martens Plumbing & Heating Get You Set for Summer
For help with the most important systems in your home or business—from an energy-efficient air conditioner to sump pumps and plumbing services—trust the company that understands urgency, integrity, fast response, and value: Martens Plumbing & Heating. We can also help with your next bathroom and kitchen remodel. Contact us anytime for more information or get a free estimate from the plumbing and HVAC team that’s here for you.