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 Cleveland. 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 an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the issue.

If your air conditioner ices over, the area to focus on is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two typical reasons the coil could freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The system is trying to send more cold air through the coil than it can handle and therefore frost starts to build up on the outside and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water can cause damage to the key parts of the air conditioner.

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 properly 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 keeping 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.
  • Check other areas of your AC through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Ensure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are cleared off.
  • Cleveland 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 taken care of 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 specific problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call Service Experts at 440-252-1375 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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