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 Kitchener. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common 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 freeze. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Continue reading this post to find out why this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to deal with the issue.

If your air conditioner ices over, the area to focus on 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 air conditioner is trying to send more cold air through the condenser 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 key parts of the air conditioner.

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 push 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 cooling properly and is covered in 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.
  • Look at other areas of your system 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.
  • Kitchener has most experienced HVAC technicians at Boehmers/Cronin Emery 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 show up. They will be able to make an expert diagnosis of the specific problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts at 519-804-1617 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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