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 Mobile. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common 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 freeze. 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 situation.

If your air conditioner ices over, the problem is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two possible reasons the coil could freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. Your AC is trying to push more cold air through the space than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate on the outside and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water could cause damage to the inner workings of the air conditioner.

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 move 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 running properly and has developed a layer of 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 all the way.
  • Look at other areas of your AC through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Ensure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are cleared off.
  • Mobile has most experienced HVAC technicians at Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, call now and set up your air conditioner service. Whether your air conditioner is low on refrigerant or the evaporator coil is restricted, this is a situation that should be dealt with by AC professionals. 

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

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