woman wondering why her air conditioner freezes in the summer

Why Does Your Air Conditioner Freeze in Summer?

The summer can get very hot in Lexington, so how in the world is your air conditioner freezing over? It seems to make no sense. You may not even realize it’s occurring. How will you determine 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 look for that indicate you could be working with a frozen AC system that could need air conditioning service:

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

When we say your home’s 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 other is a blockage of airflow.

If your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, you will want to discuss with your James Heating & A/C, Inc technician during your air conditioning service appointment to determine if you will benefit more from repairing or replacing your air conditioner. We can help you weigh the pros and cons using facts such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, along with other things.

If your air conditioner has frozen because of an airflow blockage, it’s because there is a lack of 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 remedied (and avoided!) by a routine air conditioner service appointment. At these service sessions, your technician will clean your system, replace your air filters and make sure everything is operating as it should with no potential issues 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 make sure that furniture, curtains and other household items aren’t blocking your registers, as even this could cause a serious airflow problem and the ensuing freezing problems.

If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc 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 336-853-6070 or book an appointment with us online.