Many homeowners in the Kansas City metro area have likely experienced their air conditioner ‘freezing up.’ What causes your air conditioner to ice over, and what can you do about it? When temperatures are soaring, it’s natural to panic when anything goes wrong with the A/C. Are you facing repair costs, or possibly replacement of your cooling system? Before you do anything, keep reading to learn why your air conditioner may freeze up, and the steps you can take to resolve the issue.
Summer months can be extremely warm in the Kansas City area, which means your A/C system could become overworked. Even when temperatures are hotter than usual, an air conditioner can freeze up. This happens when the evaporator coil within the condenser unit freezes. So, why does this happen? In most cases, it is one of two reasons: either the there isn’t enough “juice” or refrigerant to propel conditioned air through the coil, or airflow through the coil is restricted. When airflow through the coil is restricted, your unit attempts to push cold air through the space than it is capable of handling. This results in frost forming on the system, which slows the cooling process and could potentially damage the components of your cooling system.
A lack of refrigerant will also cause your air conditioner to freeze up. Either way, when visible signs of frost are present and you notice your cooling system isn’t working properly or efficiently, there are a few things you can do to ensure a comfortable, cool home.
- First, turn the thermostat to the “off” position to ensure your air conditioner is completely turned off.
- Check to make sure all avenues through which air flows are free. Inspect the air vents and registers to make sure there is no debris (dust, dirt, pet dander, etc.), and take a look at your air filter to ensure it is clean and not clogged, which restricts airflow.
- Call a reputable Kansas City HVAC contractor who will check refrigerant levels, inspect the evaporator coil to make sure it isn’t restricted, and check other components for proper operation. In most cases, freezing up or icing over of an A/C unit is an issue that can be easily resolved with the help of a trained professional.
Some air conditioning issues can easily be solved by the homeowners, while others require the expertise of an experienced air conditioning technician who is knowledgeable and trained in all of the intricate working of today’s energy efficient heating and cooling systems.
At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, we know Kansas City homeowners want to enjoy a comfortable home during summer months without high energy bills and unexpected issues such as freezing up. When you cannot resolve the problem yourself, give us a call for quick, efficient, and affordable service.