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 Clearwater. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than you might think for your air conditioner to become overworked, potentially restricting the airflow to your home. As warm as it may be outside, your air conditioner can actually ice over. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Keep reading to find out why this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the situation.

If your air conditioner freezes up, the area to focus on 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 force more cold air through the condenser than it can handle and therefore frost starts to concentrate on the outside and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water could cause damage to the inner workings 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 properly move the air through the coil and parts 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 cooling properly and shows visible signs of frost or ice, don’t worry. Follow these simple steps and your home will be feeling good again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner completely.
  • Check other areas of your air conditioner through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Make certain your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are cleared off.
  • Clearwater has most experienced HVAC technicians at Midway Services, call now and arrange 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 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 quick and accurate diagnosis of the specific problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Midway Services at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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