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 Austin. 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 become frozen. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Keep reading to find out why this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the issue.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two typical 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 concentrate on the air conditioner and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water may cause damage to the components of the air conditioner.

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 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 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 completely.
  • Look at other areas of your AC through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Make certain your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are open.
  • Austin has most experienced HVAC technicians at Strand Brothers 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 pros. 

Now find a good cool spot in front of the fan and wait for your technician to arrive. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis of the individual problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to remedy the problem. Call Strand Brothers Service Experts at 512-592-3072 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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