In the event of ice accumulation on any part of your air conditioning unit, here’s what not to do in order to avoid or minimize damage to your system. These costly mistakes can cause big problems for your home cooling system.
1. Do not continue to operate the unit. Continuing to operate your air conditioner will eventually damage your compressor and burn up your motor if airflow is restricted. If the damage to parts becomes severe, you will need to replace the entire system.
2. Do not attempt to replace the refrigerant yourself without first having system leaks sealed. Adding refrigerant without fixing leaks will not solve your problem and may result in depletion and re-icing in a short amount of time.
3. Don’t ever try to scrape or pick the ice off of your equipment. This will not speed up the process or solve the root of the problem. In fact, it’s likely that this action will damage your unit’s equipment, resulting in repairs that may not have been necessary otherwise. Allow the ice to thaw completely and naturally, with the system turned off.
If the freezing problem reoccurs or continues, get help from a professional before attempting to use your system again.
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