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 Dayton. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for your air conditioner to become overworked, potentially restricting the airflow to your home. As hot as it may be outside, your air conditioner can actually become frozen. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Keep reading to find out why it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the situation.

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 could 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 accumulate on the system and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water could cause damage to the key parts of your AC.

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 adequately move the air through the coil and things 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 working 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.
  • Look at other areas of your system through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Make certain your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are free of debris.
  • Dayton has most experienced HVAC technicians at Stevenson 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 a situation that should be addressed by AC pros. 

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 quick and accurate diagnosis of the individual 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 Heating & Air Conditioning at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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