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 Ravenna. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than you might think for your air conditioner to become overworked, possibly 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 it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the issue.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two typical reasons the coil may 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 outside and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water can cause damage to the key parts of your AC.

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 completely push the air through the coil and parts start to freeze up, giving your air conditioner a layer of ice and preventing your home from receiving the cool air it needs.

If your air conditioner has stopped running properly and is covered in 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 totally.
  • Look at 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.
  • Ravenna has most experienced HVAC technicians at 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 problem 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 show up. They will be able to make a quick and accurate diagnosis of the specific problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call Service Experts at 330-236-4793 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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