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 Grand Island. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for your air conditioner to become overworked, possibly restricting the airflow to your home. As hot as it may be outside, your air conditioner can actually ice over. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Read on to find out why it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the problem.

If your air conditioner ices over, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two typical 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 condenser 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 could cause damage to the key parts of the air conditioner.

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 transport the air through the coil and things start to freeze up, giving your air conditioner a layer of ice and keeping 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 completely.
  • Look at 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 cleared off.
  • Grand Island has most experienced HVAC technicians at McElroy 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 an issue 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 come. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis of the specific problem with your AC and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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