The summer can get so hot in Rock Hill, so how in the world is the 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 crazy question, but you usually won’t actually see the ice except in extreme cases. Here are symptoms to look for that indicate you could be dealing 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 the air conditioner is frozen, what’s actually frozen is the evaporator coil, which transfers heat out of your home to maintain the cooler temperatures. There are two main explanations 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 US Air Heating and Cooling technician during your air conditioning service appointment to understand if you will benefit more from repairing or replacing your air conditioner. We can help you evaluate the pros and cons using facts such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, as well as other things.
If your air conditioner has frozen due to 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 alleviated (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 often and change the filters when they are dirty. Always be sure that furniture, curtains and other household items aren’t blocking your registers, as even this could cause a large airflow problem and the following freezing problems.
If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the pros at US Air Heating and Cooling 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 803-220-0761 to schedule an appointment with us.