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 Charleston. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common 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. Keep reading to find out why this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the issue.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the area to focus on is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two possible reasons the coil might freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The air conditioner is trying to send 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 components of your AC.

If this is not the case, a frozen AC may be due to a lack of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to properly move the air through the coil and things 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 working 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.
  • 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 open.
  • Charleston has most experienced HVAC technicians at Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 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 a quick and accurate diagnosis of the specific problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to remedy the problem. Call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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