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 Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for your air conditioner to become overworked, possibly 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. Continue reading this post to find out why it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the problem.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two typical reasons the coil could freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The system is trying to send more cold air through the coil than it can handle and therefore frost starts to accumulate 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 low level of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to completely move 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 cooling properly and has developed a layer of frost or ice, don’t worry. Follow these simple steps and your home will be comfortable and cool again in no time.

  • Go to the thermostat and turn off your air conditioner all the way.
  • View other areas of your air conditioner 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 cleared off.
  • Salt Lake City has most experienced HVAC technicians at Mountainwest 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 taken care of by AC professionals. 

Now find a good cool spot in front of the fan and wait for your technician to come. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis of the specific problem with your AC and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Mountainwest Service Experts at 385-399-0280 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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