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 Windsor. 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 hot 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 an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the issue.

If your air conditioner freezes up, the problem 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. Your AC is trying to send more cold air through the space than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate 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 shortage 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 stopping 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 feeling good again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner totally.
  • Check other areas of your air conditioner 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.
  • Windsor has most experienced HVAC technicians at Bryant Heating & Cooling 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 taken care of 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 a professional 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 Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts at today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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