Why Does Your Air Conditioner Freeze in Summer?

The summer can get extremely hot in Dallas, so how in the world is your home’s air conditioner freezing over? It seems to make no sense. You may not even realize it’s occurring. How will you know if your air conditioner is frozen? It may seem like a silly question, but you typically won’t actually see the ice except in extreme cases. Here are symptoms to watch for that indicate you could have a frozen AC system that could need air conditioning service:

  • Warm air is coming out of your registers while the air conditioner is on.
  • Water is leaking from or gathering under your air conditioner.

When we say your air conditioner is frozen, what’s actually frozen is the evaporator coil, which moves heat out of your home to keep it cool. There are two main reasons that an evaporator coil may freeze; one is a refrigerant leak and the second is a blockage of airflow.

If your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, you will want to talk with your Tri County Air Care LLC technician during your air conditioning service appointment to see if you will benefit more from repairing or replacing your air conditioner. We can help you assess the pros and cons using information such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, as well as other things.

If your air conditioner has frozen as a result of an airflow blockage, it’s because there isn’t sufficient air passing over the evaporator coil to dry the condensation that develops on it—then it freezes. Air flow blockages are commonly caused by dirty air filters or even dirty cooling fins. These problems can be fixed (and avoided!) by a routine air conditioner service appointment. At these service sessions, your technician will clean your system, replace your air filters and confirm everything is working as it should with no potential problems on the horizon. It’s also a valuable idea to mark your calendar or set a reminder on your phone to check your air filters regularly and change the filters when they are dirty. Always check that furniture, curtains and other household items aren’t blocking your registers, as even this could cause a significant airflow problem and the subsequent freezing problems.

If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the pros at Tri County Air Care LLC to schedule an air conditioning service appointment. We’ll help you identify the complications and have your home back to cool and comfortable as soon as possible. Call us at 469-617-3437 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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