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 hottest times of the year in West Palm Beach. 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 an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the problem.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the problem 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 condenser than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate on the system and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water can cause damage to the inner workings of the system.

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 adequately push 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 stopping 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 completely.
  • View other areas of your system 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.
  • West Palm Beach 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 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 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 fix the problem. Call Service Experts at 561-629-1826 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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