I have an air conditioning unit that was here when I bought the house. It was in the 70's here today, but I have an old house and windows don't open so the house was hot. I decided to turn on the ac and put it at about 65 degrees. I left the house for about 1.5 hours and when I came home the house was hot. I went outside and the lines that run from the ac to the house were white with snow/ice.
I turned off the ac and checked and changed the filter. I have had the ac service people out twice this year. First time was to replenish the refrigerant, which was low. Second time was because there was still water leaking from somewhere in the basement. He put more putty around the hoses on the inside unit and the water stopped leaking out. On the second trip he rechecked the refrigerant and it was still ok from the charge he did on the first trip.
I am wondering if that might have caused the freezing. Also, wondering if running it in cooler weather...ie., the temp outside was cooler than the temp inside could create this situation. Does this sound like there are additional problems?
I did what I thought was appropriate: At the first of the year I did have a service person check it twice this year and he said all I needed was freon on the first trip, and that everything seemed ok on the second... I'm concerned as I have a fixed income and can't really afford a lot of additional charges and I hate to say it but I am afraid of being taken advantage of because I don't know that much about the subject.
Any tips on making sure the service man is not just trying to sell me a new ac if that is what it comes down to? Thanks.