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Ahh, The Woes of Freezing Your Air Conditioning Unit in 100 degree Heat

post #1 of 18
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(sorry, kind of a long rant)

OK, so I have already got an earful from both parents(especially my dad) who offered the consolation: "Good one, Dumba$$"(he emulates Red from That 70's show)

All day it has been unusually hot in the house, it hasnt helped that I have been running around doing last minute cleaning and packing.

Around an hour go, I went outside then came back in and realized it was hotter in than out. Looked at the thermostat, and by golly if it wasnt as high as it would go (95*+).

I called the housing office on Base to have someone come fix it... the guy arrived, then led me out back to the actual unit... where he showed me the icicles(ICICLES---IT IS 100* OUTSIDE) hanging off the pipes all the way from the unit into the vent part(dont know what it is called- it is where the air filter goes). He removed the air filter and underneath there is about 3 inches of ice!!!!!!!!!

He told me to wait at least three hours, then come back outside and check to see if ALL of the ice has melted. And when it is all gone, I can turn the air back on again.

This of course, all happend at 1700hrs, the hottest part of the day, when it is over 100* outside.

He said it was because I had the temp set on 65*. I told him that is the temp I keep in on ALL year 'round, for the past 2 1/2 years.

He explained to me that these units are so old and not in the best shape, and will only cool the houses to (no more) than 20* cooler than the temp outside. So when it is this hot, he said never put the thermostat below 70*

My father, who is on his way up here to help me move back to Oklahoma, is exactly 3 hours away from the house now. How lucky is he, that he will arrive when the air is back on.

I am tempted to just go drive around so I can at least be in air conditioning in my car.

Ok, so I have heard plenty of people say 'Hey, my air conditioner froze'... but I never really knew they meant froze...AS IN ICE! They say froze and I always thought froze as in the way a computer screen freezes.

I am going to go live in an igloo.
post #2 of 18
ours was spitting ice once heh
post #3 of 18
I totally sympathize.....though I never had an a/c freeze, but I did have one die.....on July 4th!! I was making potato & macaroni salads, and noticed I was awful warm, even for cooking. So I came out and stood in front of the a/c and noticed their wasn't any cool air coming out...it felt like a fan blowing the air.
Be glad that you only have to wait a couple hours at most, we had to wait to go buy a new one. I thought I'd die, especially since we were planning on having a bunch of friends over to celebrate the 4th.
I'll send ya some cool thoughts for the meantime...
post #4 of 18
WOW I sure am sorry for what you are going through! HOpe it is cooler now! I am a SF bay Area person and the heat here in Modesto is KILLING ME and I cannot move as I cannot afford a place in a cooler part of CA.

As I said I AM sorry for what you are (hopefully you are OK now) going through but thank you for telling us about it! If MY AC froze I would DIE! WITH my AC and 4 Fans my home is STILL 83 degrees at midnight! Is you igloo big enough for me and 4 more cats?! <sigh>
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
ours was spitting ice once heh
well, at least it hasnt gotten that bad
post #6 of 18
Yikes! I'm so sorry Meagan. Not only have you been through hell with your husband, but now your house is as hot as hell, too! I hope you ate LOTS of ice cream!
post #7 of 18
That happened to us in our rental house, only it froze on the inside unit so as it melted it soaked the carpet in the utility closet But because it was inside and thus would take longer to melt, we took a hair dryer to it.

We bought our new house across town and started noticing that the a/c was struggling to keep up, and called the same guy that fixed the one in the rental. He told us that the a/c unit in our house is the original, installed when the house was built, and was a cheap one that wasn't big enough for our house very similar to the one at the rental. He said it was common for landlords and builders to install cheapos (the house is 12 years old, we bought it from the original owners)... grrrr. Of course it has to start acting up the same year we bought it from them... either that or it has been for some time and they were too cheap to fix it.

So here sometime soon we'll probably end up sinking $1500 or more into a bigger unit. Yay. I feel your pain.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
Yikes! I'm so sorry Meagan. Not only have you been through hell with your husband, but now your house is as hot as hell, too!

Just another good reason to get the hell outta Dodge...

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I hope you ate LOTS of ice cream!
I actually told my dad earlier today I would make him spaghetti for dinner, and when I called him back to let him know what was going on... i begged and pleaded for ice cream for dinner.

Why would any sane person turn on an oven in a 90* house... I dont know why I did...
post #9 of 18
When you have a "struggling AC" HOW do you know WHO to call to see if it needs fixing?

Mine will be on but even so and with 4 fans my home is STILL 83 at midnight, so I am wondering if maybe MY AC is "sick"!
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by MyBabies
WOW I sure am sorry for what you are going through! HOpe it is cooler now! Is you igloo big enough for me and 4 more cats?! <sigh>
Nope, not any cooler!!

And of course the igloo is big enough! Ya'll are more than welcome to join! We would love the company. Ice is kinda boring ya know

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When you have a "struggling AC" HOW do you know WHO to call to see if it needs fixing?
I live on a military base. We have a maintanence company that is on the base specifically for us. Whenever something breaks, no matter what it is, we call them and they send someone who konws about it, out to fix it. We arent allowed to fix anything ourselves and we are not 'supposed' to have any people off base come fix it. All work they do is free... so I dont hesitate to call, at the slightest thing!
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sooz123
That happened to us in our rental house, only it froze on the inside unit so as it melted it soaked the carpet in the utility closet But because it was inside and thus would take longer to melt, we took a hair dryer to it.
Could of floored me when we found the ice on the inside air unit (it was a condo)
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by mferr84
well, at least it hasnt gotten that bad

lol yeah it just needed to drain its a window unit one of the kitties had sat on it and tipped it slightly foward i didnt notice til little pellets shot out
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
lol yeah it just needed to drain its a window unit one of the kitties had sat on it and tipped it slightly foward i didnt notice til little pellets shot out
okay, well i was imagining a big unit sitting in your yard shooting ice chunks at kids and dogs that ran by
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by MyBabies
When you have a "struggling AC" HOW do you know WHO to call to see if it needs fixing?

Mine will be on but even so and with 4 fans my home is STILL 83 at midnight, so I am wondering if maybe MY AC is "sick"!
Just give any one of the A/C people in the phone book a call. It definitely sounds like you're at least due for a freon recharge. Expect to pay at least $100 for that. Of course if you need a new unit... GET A GOOD ONE! Don't go for cheap, as we've now lived in 2 houses with cheap ones and it doesn't pay... between the two houses we've had the a/c guy out at least 4 times, and it's at least $75 a pop!
post #15 of 18
I don't even have Air Conditioning. I just have fans.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by mferr84
okay, well i was imagining a big unit sitting in your yard shooting ice chunks at kids and dogs that ran by

LMAO..no it was in the house blowing ice pellets at the cats LMAO they thought it was great fun
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by MyBabies
When you have a "struggling AC" HOW do you know WHO to call to see if it needs fixing?

Mine will be on but even so and with 4 fans my home is STILL 83 at midnight, so I am wondering if maybe MY AC is "sick"!
From what you mention, I would guess that you do not do the yearly or half yearly maintenance. They will clean the filters, "refuel", and do other general maintenance and you would realise the AC works better. The maker of the AC usually have their own service/maintenance, just like the makers of cars have their own service/maintenance. Although the "official" ones may cost more.

Or better yet if the AC is very old you may want to change it as newer AC takes up about 20-40% less energy than those models about 10 years ago. And often you would realise that AC takes up the bulk of one's electricity bills. So you could be looking at a significant drop in your bills.

http://www.aceee.org/consumerguide/topcac.htm
post #18 of 18
Scary! I don't know anyone who has AC in their house here in NZ
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