The summer can get so hot in Tucson, 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 taking place. How will you determine if your air conditioner is frozen? It may seem like a ridiculous question, but you usually 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 be in need of air conditioning service:
- Warm air is coming out of your registers while the air conditioner is operating.
- Water is leaking from or collecting 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 sustain the cool temps. There are two main causes that an evaporator coil may freeze; one is a refrigerant leak and the other reason is a blockage of airflow.
If your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, you will want to speak with your Ambient Air 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 evaluate the pros and cons using background such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, along with other things.
If your air conditioner has frozen as a result of an airflow blockage, it’s because there is not enough air passing over the evaporator coil to dry the condensation that acquires on it—then it freezes. Air flow blockages are frequently 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 ensure everything is running as it should with no potential challenges on the horizon. It’s also a great idea to mark your calendar or set a reminder on your phone to check your air filters regularly and change them 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 ensuing freezing problems.
If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the team at Ambient Air to schedule an air conditioning service appointment. We’ll help you identify the complications and have your home back to cool and comfortable in no time. Call us at 520-357-4912 to book an appointment with us.