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 hottest times of the year in Columbus. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than you might think 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 ice over. 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 becomes frozen, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two typical reasons the coil may freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The system is trying to force more cold air through the condenser than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate on the system and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water can 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 completely transport the air through the coil and the coil and the parts around it 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 air conditioner 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. 
  • Columbus has most experienced HVAC technicians at Stevenson Service Experts, 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 experts.  

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 individual problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to remedy the problem. Call Stevenson Service Experts at 614-334-3192 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now. 

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