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 hot summer months in Jacksonville. 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 hot 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 it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the situation.

If your air conditioner ices over, the culprit 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 force 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 components 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 adequately transport the air through the coil and the coil and the parts around it 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 shows visible signs 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 totally.
  • Check 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.
  • Jacksonville has most experienced HVAC technicians at Air Engineers Service Experts, call now and schedule 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 taken care of 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 a quick and accurate diagnosis of the individual problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to remedy the problem. Call Air Engineers Service Experts at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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