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 Champaign. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common 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 become frozen. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Keep reading to find out why it has happened and if you should schedule air conditioner service to take care of the situation.

If your air conditioner freezes up, the area to focus on 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. The air conditioner is trying to push more cold air through the condenser than it can handle and therefore frost starts to concentrate 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 shortage of refrigerant. Similarly, if this is the case, there simply isn’t enough “juice” to adequately push the air through the coil and parts 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 cooling 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 completely.
  • Look at other areas of your AC through which air flows to make sure air is not restricted. Make sure your air filters are clean and all the registers and vents are free of debris.
  • Champaign has most experienced HVAC technicians at Chief / Bauer 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 problem 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 show up. They will be able to make an expert diagnosis of the individual problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to repair the problem. Call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 217-689-2469 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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