If you’ve ever checked your air conditioning system, you may have noticed frost or ice forming on your air conditioning coils. At first glance, this might not seem like a big deal. After all, isn’t your air conditioner supposed to be cold? In point of fact, however, it spells all kinds of trouble for your air conditioner, and if you spot it, you need to turn your system off and call in a repair service as quickly as possible.
Why It’s a Problem
The coils are the point where the actual cooling of the air takes place. Pressurized refrigerant enters the coils in set amounts and shifts into gaseous form, pulling heat from the air in the process. The cool air can then be blown into your house with a fan.
Frost or ice, on the other hand, represent lost cooling potential that isn’t going into your home. But that’s only the start of the problem. The ice will insulate the refrigerant from the air it needs to cool. That, in turn, forces the air conditioner to work harder than it should, increasing the cost of running the system. More frost will form, which creates a cascading effect: further adding to the strain on the components. Eventually, it will result in a breakdown, usually far more expensive and serious than treating the problem in the first place.
Never Treat It Yourself
You may be tempted to simply scrape the frost off the system in order to halt this process. That’s a terrible mistake. In the first place, it won’t solve the problem, and the frost will only reform. More importantly, you can easily damage the coils themselves, and turn a simple repair into something very expensive.
For air conditioning repair in Bulverde, TX, call the experts at D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc.