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 Houston. Unfortunately, it’s possible 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 freeze. If this has happened to your air conditioner, don’t panic. Read on to find out why this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the situation.

If your air conditioner becomes frozen, the culprit is the evaporator coil within the condenser unit. There are two likely reasons the coil could freeze. First, the airflow through the coil is restricted. The system is trying to send more cold air through the space than it can handle and therefore frost starts to build up on the system and slow the process even more. Eventually the frozen water could cause damage to the inner workings 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 completely transport the air through the coil and parts 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 working properly and shows visible signs of 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.
  • Check 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 open.
  • Houston has most experienced HVAC technicians at Church Services, 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 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 a quick and accurate diagnosis of the individual problem with your AC and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to fix the problem. Call Church Services at 713-396-3760 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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