Why Does My Air Conditioner Freeze in the Summer?

June 30, 2015

Your home’s central air conditioner works hard to keep you and your family cool during the sweltering summers in Hurricane. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for your air conditioner to become overworked, and actually restrict the airflow to your home. As toasty as it may be outside, your air conditioner can actually ice over. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Keep reading to find out why it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the situation.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two likely reasons the coil could freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The air conditioner is trying to force more cold air through the condenser than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate on the air conditioner and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water can cause damage to the components of the air conditioner.

If this is not the case, a frozen AC may be due to a lack of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to adequately transport the air through the coil and parts start to freeze up, giving your air conditioner a layer of ice and keeping your home from receiving the cool air it needs.

If your air conditioner has stopped working properly and shows visible signs of frost or ice, don’t worry. Follow these simple steps and your home will be feeling good again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner all the way.
  • View other areas of your system through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Ensure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are free of debris.
  • Hurricane has most experienced HVAC technicians at Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, call now and arrange your air conditioner service. Whether your air conditioner is low on refrigerant or the evaporator coil is restricted, this is an issue that should be addressed by AC pros. 

Now find a good cool spot in front of the fan and wait for your technician to show up. They will be able to make an expert diagnosis of the individual problem with your AC and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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