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 Elkhart. Unfortunately, it’s possible for your air conditioner to become overworked, possibly restricting the airflow to your home. As toasty as it may be outside, your air conditioner can actually freeze. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Continue reading this post to find out why an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the situation.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two likely reasons the coil could 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 build up on the system and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water could cause damage to the components 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 adequately 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 working properly and has developed a layer of frost or ice, don’t worry. Follow these simple steps and your home will be comfortable and cool again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner all the way.
  • Look at other areas of your AC 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 free of debris.
  • Elkhart has most experienced HVAC technicians at BW/Cook Service Experts, call now and arrange 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 experts. 

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 particular problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call BW/Cook at 574-218-6404 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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