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 Birmingham. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for your air conditioner to become overworked, possibly restricting the airflow to your home. As warm 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 it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to deal with 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. Your AC is trying to push more cold air through the coil than it can handle and therefore frost starts to concentrate on the outside 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 low level of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to adequately move 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 stopping your home from receiving the cool air it needs.

If your air conditioner has stopped working 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 AC 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.
  • Birmingham has most experienced HVAC technicians at Norrell Service Experts, call now and schedule 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 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 an expert diagnosis of the specific problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Norrell Service Experts at 205-267-0023 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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