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 sweltering summers in Columbus. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than you might think for your air conditioner to become overworked, and actually restrict the airflow to your home. As toasty 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 deal with the issue. 

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the problem is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two likely reasons the coil may freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The system is trying to push more cold air through the space than it can handle and therefore frost starts to concentrate on the system and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water can cause damage to the inner workings of the system. 

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 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 running properly and has developed a layer 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 all the way. 
  • Check other areas of your system through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Ensure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are open. 
  • Columbus has most experienced HVAC technicians at Stevenson Service Experts, call now and set up 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 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 an expert diagnosis of the specific problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair 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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