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What To Do When Your Air Conditioner Freezes Up

What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Freezes Up

What To Do When Your Air Conditioner Freezes Up

It happens to the best of us. You notice your air conditioner unit not cooling too well, so you take a look outside and find that there’s ice built up on the freon lines of your outdoor AC unit. This is not the time to panic, because we are going to give you some tips to determine if it is something you can handle on your own or if you need to call an HVAC professional.

First things first!

On your thermostat, turn the “Heat/Cool/Off” button to “OFF” and the FAN “Auto/On” button to “ON”. This will get air moving over your frozen coil without the AC running and the ice will begin to melt. This is important because the system needs to be free of ice for us to make a thorough diagnosis.

Check your air filter. 

Air conditioning units require a certain volume of airflow to pass over the coil for proper operation. A dirty air filter can restrict the air flow and the unit will freeze up as a result. If the filter is dirty, remove and replace it. Let the system thaw out and turn it back on. If it freezes again, check the next step

Check the outdoor coils.

Dirty outdoor coils can limit air flow needed to cool the refrigerant leaving the compressor. Disconnect the power to the unit and run a water hose over the coils to remove any dirt or debris. Run the water until it comes through the coil clear.

Check for fan outages.

If either fan (indoor or outdoor) isn’t running, the the system will freeze. Turn the cooling back on and look for the fan motor running outside. Also put your hand by the vents inside the house to check for airflow there. A motor diagnosis and repair is something best handled by an HVAC professional
So there are some tips to mitigate your air conditioner concerns in the event of a freeze up. If these tips don’t solve your issue, then it’s time to call your local air conditioning repair company to make an evaluation.
Contact Gentry Air Conditioning today via our online contact form or call us at 817-488-6733.
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Dirty Sock Syndrome

What is Dirty Sock Syndrome?

As we’re beginning to enjoy the warmer temperatures and turning our air conditioners on for the first time in a few months. There’s a certain percentage of you who will experience something they’ve never thought was possible: dirty sock syndrome.
Unless you have this in your home, you have probably never heard of it. Dirty sock syndrome is a condition where your air Dirty Sock Syndromeconditioning system comes on and smells like… dirty gym socks. This stinky nuisance is the result of bacteria and dust collecting on your evaporator coil during the winter. Once the AC is turned on, moisture is introduced and mixes with the bacteria and dust to create the smell.
The good news is that dirty sock syndrome is generally not harmful to your health and the odor usually goes dormant within 1-3 weeks. The bad news is that can be very irritating and people have sensitive allergies can be affected. Anytime bacteria is introduced into the air, you run the risk of sneezes, itchy eyes, and allergic reactions.
Dirty sock syndrome can be very difficult to eliminate once it enters your AC system. Coil cleanings and odor neutralizers are some common tools to help quell the issue. The best treatment is never allowing the bacteria to enter your system in the first place. Electronic air cleaners are great products that have two layers of filtration followed by an energized coil to “zap” remaining micro particles. In combination you can use a UV filter to ionize the air as well.
Do you have dirty sock syndrome and want to do something about it? Contact Gentry Air Conditioning today via our online contact form or call us at 817-488-6733.
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Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Up

Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Up
The temperatures are rising and and season is changing! That can only mean one thing: air conditioning. Now that the days are getting warmer, we’re opening our windows to let the breeze in. Spring is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be tough on your AC unit. With temperatures hovering around 70-75 degrees, which is also the temperature that most people set their thermostat, your AC unit stops and starts multiple times per day. This is just as bad as keeping it running all day and night during our notoriously hot Texas Summers.  Stops and starts will wear your unit down, until you come in to your home one day and it’s sweltering! Don’t fret, we can help!
Gentry Air Conditioning offers AC tune-ups to ensure that your system can handle the stops and starts and is ready for the Summer. We will inspect your overall system condition and check the following:
Early in the cooling season is the best time to evaluate an AC system for performance. If your system is having trouble and struggling to keep your home comfortable when it’s 75-80 degrees outside, then it will only get worse once we reach 100+ degrees! We can catch a small issue before it becomes a big issue! Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Addressing a struggling AC unit before the heat comes could also save you money on your electric bill. By reducing the time that your unit is running, you’ve cut own on the energy used! So, not only do you keep your home comfortable, but you pay less per month than you would with an inefficient unit!
Contact Gentry Air Conditioning today via our online contact form or call us at 817-488-6733 to schedule an air conditioning tune-up!
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