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 Raleigh. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than you might think for your air conditioner to become overworked, and actually restrict the airflow to your home. As warm as it may be outside, your air conditioner can actually freeze. 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 take care of the situation.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the area to focus on is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two possible reasons the coil may freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. Your AC is trying to send 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 may cause damage to the components of the air conditioner.

If this is not the case, a frozen AC may be due to a shortage of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to adequately 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 shows visible signs of frost or ice, don’t worry. Follow these simple steps and your home will be comfortable and cool again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner completely.
  • Look at other areas of your system through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Make certain your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are cleared off.
  • Raleigh has most experienced HVAC technicians at 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 addressed by AC experts. 

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 particular problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Service Experts at 919-578-4329 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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