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 hottest times of the year in Concord. 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 ice over. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Keep reading to find out why it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the situation.

If your air conditioner freezes up, the area to focus on is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two possible reasons the coil may freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. Your AC 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 may cause damage to the components of the system.

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 completely push the air through the coil and the coil and the parts around it 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 is covered in 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.
  • View 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 free of debris.
  • Concord has most experienced HVAC technicians at Freschi 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 situation that should be taken care of by AC professionals. 

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 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 Freschi Service Experts at 925-384-1303 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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