Why Does My Air Conditioner Freeze in the Summer?

Your home’s central air conditioner works hard to keep you and your family cool during the sweltering summers in Columbus. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than you might think for your air conditioner to become overworked, possibly restricting 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 an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the situation. 

If your air conditioner ices over, the area to focus on is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two likely reasons the coil might freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The system is trying to send more cold air through the condenser 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 key parts 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 properly push the air through the coil and parts 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 feeling good again in no time. 

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner completely. 
  • Look at other areas of your AC 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 cleared off. 
  • Columbus has most experienced HVAC technicians at Stevenson Service Experts, 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 experts.  

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 remedy the problem. Call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now. 

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