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 hottest times of the year in Albany. Unfortunately, it’s possible for your air conditioner to become overworked, potentially restricting 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. Read on to find out why an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the issue.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the area to focus on 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 system is trying to force more cold air through the coil than it can handle and therefore frost starts to concentrate on the system and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water could cause damage to the key parts of your AC.

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

If your air conditioner has stopped cooling properly and is covered in frost or ice, don’t worry. Follow these simple steps and your home will be properly cooled again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner totally.
  • Check other areas of your air conditioner through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Make sure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are free of debris.
  • Albany has most experienced HVAC technicians at Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, call now and schedule 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 taken care of by AC pros. 

Now find a good cool spot in front of the fan and wait for your technician to arrive. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis of the individual problem with your AC and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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