woman wondering why her air conditioner freezes in the summer

Why Does Your Air Conditioner Freeze in Summer?

The summer can get extremely hot in Hudsonville, 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 notice if your air conditioner is frozen? It may seem like a ridiculous question, but you generally won’t actually see the ice except in extreme cases. Here are symptoms to look for that indicate you could have a frozen AC system that could need 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 maintain the cooler temperatures. There are two main reasons 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 speak with your West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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, among 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 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 make sure everything is operating as it should with no potential challenges on the horizon. It’s also a good 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 serious airflow problem and the following freezing problems.

If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 616-669-3961 or book an appointment with us online.