The summer can get so hot in San Jose, so how in the world is your 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 crazy question, but you generally won’t actually see the ice except in extreme cases. Here are symptoms to monitor for that indicate you could have a frozen AC system that could require air conditioning service:
- Warm air is coming out of your registers while the air conditioner is on.
- 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 transports heat out of your home to keep it cool. There are two main causes 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 American HVAC Inc 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 information such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, among 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 builds up 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 confirm everything is operating as it should with no potential issues 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 frequently 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 serious airflow problem and the subsequent freezing problems.
If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the team at American HVAC Inc to schedule an air conditioning service appointment. We’ll help you identify the issue and have your home back to cool and comfortable in no time. Call us at 408-215-1018 to book an appointment with us.