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 hot summer months in Waldorf. Unfortunately, it’s possible for your air conditioner to become overworked, and actually restrict 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. Read on to find out why an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to deal with the problem. 

If your air conditioner freezes up, the culprit 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 force more cold air through the space than it can handle and therefore frost starts to build up on the air conditioner and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water may cause damage to the components of your AC. 

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 transport 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 working 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 all the way. 
  • Look at 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 open. 
  • Waldorf has most experienced HVAC technicians at A-Plus, 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 dealt with by AC pros.  

Now find a good cool spot in front of the fan and wait for your technician to arrive. They will be able to make a quick and accurate diagnosis of the specific problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call A-Plus at 301-747-3140 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now. 

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