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 hot summer months in Pierre. Unfortunately, it’s possible 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. 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 problem 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. Your AC is trying to push more cold air through the condenser than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate on the air conditioner and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water may 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 properly transport the air through the coil and parts 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 running 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. Make sure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are cleared off.
  • Pierre has most experienced HVAC technicians at Peitz 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 addressed by AC professionals. 

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 professional diagnosis of the particular problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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