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 Boise. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for your air conditioner to become overworked, and actually restrict 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. Keep reading to find out why this happens and if you should schedule air conditioner service to address the issue.

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 air conditioner is trying to force 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 may cause damage to the inner workings of the system.

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 the coil and the parts around it 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 working properly and has developed a layer 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 completely.
  • Look at other areas of your air conditioner 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 cleared off.
  • Boise has most experienced HVAC technicians at TML Service Experts, 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 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 arrive. They will be able to make a professional diagnosis of the specific problem with your air conditioner and let you know what kind of air conditioner service you will need to remedy the problem. Call TML Service Experts at 208-488-4892 today or go online to make your air conditioner service appointment now.

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