Many people think that when ice begins forming in their air conditioner that it is entirely normal. This is absolutely not true. We get the thought process behind this. After all, your air conditioner is supposed to cool your home, so if it’s forming ice, that means it’s working too well, right? Wrong. You air conditioner is there to cool the air, not turn your unit into a popsicle.
The first thing you should know is that not all causes for an air conditioner freezing are super serious. On the other hand, there is one cause that can be extremely serious and therefore, knowing the difference is imperative. Additionally, when ice comes into contact with your cooling system, it can cause serious consequences as well.
How does the ice form?
You might think it’s silly for us to ask this question. After all, we know how ice forms. It just takes water getting cold enough. However, when you really think about this, it doesn’t make much sense that there would be ice forming on your unit as your air conditioner really should never be getting that cold. Also, there is never any water running through your air conditioner, so what is the deal?
While you may not have guessed it, the water is actually coming from the air in your home. Your cooling system is not a replacement for a dehumidifier, but it is made to have the properties of the dehumidifier. This can sometimes lead to condensation accumulating on the coil. If your air conditioner works the way it should, the condensation is drained out. So why would it freeze instead?
The Coil Is Too Cold
The cause is an evaporator coil that has become too cold. This could be due to a few different reasons. The first is that you may have a refrigerant leak. Only a trained HVAC professional can identify this problem and therefore handle the repair. If this is not repaired quickly, it can cause serious damage to your air conditioner.
Another possible reason that your air conditioner is freezing is that your unit is not as clean as it needs to be. If you have a dirty or clogged air filter, the airflow is inhibited to the point of preventing your system from being able to draw a sufficient amount of heat from the air passing over the evaporator coil. You can simply solve this problem by changing your air filter.
Additionally, your evaporator coil could be dirty as well. This is a simple problem to solve but you should hire a professional to do it. They can then access the coil and clean it thoroughly.
Have a Problem With Ice On Your Unit?
If you need the help of an experienced HVAC expert to fix your cooling system, call the best in the Tampa Bay area. Momentum AC can help you to get your unit working properly once again. Contact us today and we can have your system up and running in no time!