Why Does My Air Conditioner Freeze in the Summer?

Your home’s central air conditioner works hard to keep you and your family cool during the hottest times of the year in Columbus. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common 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 this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the situation. 

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the culprit 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 condenser 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 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 completely move 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 cooling properly and has developed a layer 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 completely. 
  • View 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 free of debris. 
  • Columbus has most experienced HVAC technicians at Stevenson 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 situation that should be addressed by AC professionals.  

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 a quick and accurate diagnosis of the particular problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now. 

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