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 Waldorf. 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 freeze. 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 deal with the issue.

If your air conditioner freezes up, the area to focus on is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two possible reasons the coil may freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. Your AC is trying to force more cold air through the space than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate 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 shortage of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to completely move 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 cooling properly and is covered in 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 air conditioner through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Ensure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are open.
  • Waldorf has most experienced HVAC technicians at A-PLUS 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 problem that should be taken care of by AC pros. 

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 system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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