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 Albany. 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 become frozen. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Continue reading this post to find out why an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the problem.

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 might freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The air conditioner is trying to send more cold air through the coil than it can handle and therefore frost starts to concentrate on the air conditioner and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water could cause damage to the components 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 transport the air through the coil and things 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 feeling good again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner all the way.
  • Look at other areas of your system through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Ensure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are free of debris.
  • Albany has most experienced HVAC technicians at D.A. Bennett 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 an issue that should be taken care of by AC experts. 

Now find a good cool spot in front of the fan and wait for your technician to come. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis of the individual problem with your AC and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to remedy the problem. Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 518-205-3324 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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