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 Indianapolis. Unfortunately, it’s possible for your air conditioner to become overworked, potentially restricting the airflow to your home. As toasty as it may be outside, your air conditioner can actually ice over. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Read on to find out why this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to deal with the situation.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the problem 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. The system is trying to force more cold air through the coil than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate on the air conditioner 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 shortage of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to adequately move the air through the coil and parts 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 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 cleared off.
  • Indianapolis has most experienced HVAC technicians at Broad Ripple 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 situation 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 a quick and accurate diagnosis of the particular problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 317-527-0271 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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