Why Does Your Air Conditioner Freeze in Summer?07/20/2017The summer can get very hot in Marshalltown, so how in the world is your home’s 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 watch for that indicate you could have a frozen AC system that could be in need of 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 the air conditioner is frozen, what’s actually frozen is the evaporator coil, which transports heat out of your home to sustain the cool temps. There are two main explanations that an evaporator coil may freeze; one is a refrigerant leak and the other is a blockage of airflow. If your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, you will want to discuss with your B & G HVAC technician during your air conditioning service appointment to see 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 as a result of an airflow blockage, it’s because there isn’t sufficient air passing over the evaporator coil to dry the condensation that acquires on it—then it freezes. Air flow blockages are frequently caused by dirty air filters or even dirty cooling fins. These problems can be fixed (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 working as it should with no potential problems on the horizon. It’s also a valuable idea to mark your calendar or set a reminder on your phone to check your air filters frequently and change your air 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 B & G HVAC to schedule an air conditioning service appointment. We’ll help you identify the problem and have your home back to cool and comfortable as soon as possible. Call us at 641-752-3429 or schedule an appointment with us online.