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Colder temperatures could be harmful to your AC pipes

By Jamie Hicks
Published On: Jan 21 2013 06:10:37 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 06:12:06 PM CST
CRAVEN COUNTY -

With winter comes colder temperatures, and with colder temperatures comes frozen pipes.

"The standing water inside your water lines, if it gets too cold it's going to freeze and that expanding ice will bust your water lines - copper, plastic whatever it's going to break it," said CA Heating and Air Contractor Mike Brown.  

The cold snap brings the possibility of frozen pipes and damaged AC units .

Brown said if you fear your pipes are frozen the first place you'll see ice is right around the top of the system. The number one way to prevent this from happening is cleaning your filters.

A dirty air filter will severely restrict the air flow through the inside of the unit and the lack of air flow could cause the evaporator coils to freeze.

A few tips you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing are:

     -Check unheated areas where water supply lines are located like the basement, attic, garage, and under cabinets to make sure they're insulated.

     -Open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing area.

     -If you're going out of town during cold weather leave the heat in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.

     -Also leave your faucet dripping – this will keep water flowing through the pipes so they will be more unlikely to freeze.

"Any pipes that are external to the house i would wrap them up and insulate them. Any pipes that are internal to the house as long as the house is kept above freezing you should be ok," said Brown.

He reminds us if you see any ice call a professional immediately. It can be a simple fix but if you wait too long it become an even bigger problem.

Brown said if you find your AC pipes are frozen immediately turn the switch on your thermostat from AC cool to fan setting.

He said this will put warmer air into the cold lines allowing the unit to thaw out and then of course call a professional.