Why Does My Air Conditioner Freeze in the Summer?

Your home’s central air conditioner works hard to keep you and your family cool during the hottest times of the year in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, it’s more likely than you might think for your air conditioner to become overworked, potentially 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 an air conditioner freezes and if you should schedule air conditioner service to deal with the problem. 

If your air conditioner ices over, the problem is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two likely reasons the coil may freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. Your AC is trying to send more cold air through the coil than it can handle and therefore frost starts to build up on the outside and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water can cause damage to the key parts of your AC. 

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 adequately transport the air through the coil and things 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 cooling 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. 
  • Look at 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. 
  • Philadelphia has most experienced HVAC technicians at Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning, call now and arrange 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 dealt with 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 an expert diagnosis of the particular problem with your system and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to remedy the problem. Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning at 215-259-5850 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now. 

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