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Ice on Your AC? Here’s What to Do

Everyone else in the country might be putting their air conditioners away, but we have plenty of hot and humid days ahead of us! We need to focus now on the longevity and efficiency of our air conditioners. Since our cooling systems work longer and harder than others around the country, we need to make sure they’re in good condition to last as long as we want them to.

If you’ve got ice on your air conditioner, there’s a serious problem occurring. The first and most important thing you could call us for is AC repair in Cocoa Beach, FL. We can help you get your air conditioner working without ice forming on the coils.

While you wait for one of our team members to come and help, there are a few things we’d like to talk about. Keep reading as we get into the specifics about why ice forms on an air conditioner and why it’s not good.

How Does Ice Form?

Air conditioners haven’t used ice to cool homes since almost a hundred years ago. Ice is not a very effective method of cooling air. It might be great in a glass of water, but it’s never going to efficiently keep your home cool like you’d want it to. Therefore, if you see ice forming on your air conditioner, there’s absolutely a problem occurring that needs to be fixed.

There are a number of problems that can lead to ice forming on your air conditioner. Below, we’ve gone into detail about the most common ones that occur. If you’re running into this type of problem, don’t hesitate to call our team to have it addressed.

A Clogged Air Filter

Ice can form in a number of ways. The first and most common way is due to a clogged air filter. When your air filter gets clogged with dirt, debris, dust, dander, and other particles, it stifles the air inside your air conditioner. That means there’s less airflow and temperatures can be cooled beyond what they should be.

This is not a good thing when temperatures get too cold in your air conditioner. For starters, those cooled temperatures might not make it into the rooms of your home at all, so you might not even feel them. Secondly, when temperatures get too cold inside your air conditioner, ice will begin to form which restricts the airflow even more. Eventually, this can lead to a whole system breakdown or a near-ineffective cooling system that doesn’t change temperatures at all.

Refrigerant Leak

Another common way ice can form on an air conditioner is through a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is tasked with drawing in heat from inside your home and depositing it outside. When there’s a lower amount of refrigerant, it might not be able to complete this process. Lower levels of refrigerant mean a higher likelihood the refrigerant drops to sub-freezing temperatures. All of the moisture that has collected on the coils of your system will start freezing and turning to ice. Once this has happened, it’s only a matter of time before your system breaks down entirely.

Don’t fret: Call Complete Air & Heat, Inc. to repair your freezing air conditioner. Making families happy on the Space Coast since 1975.

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