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Got a Frozen AC? Here’s Why.

frozen-acThere may be times that your home feels so cool that you might expect to find icicles around the house. While an evenly cool and comfortable house can be a sign of a powerful air conditioner, the presence of ice is not. In fact, seeing ice anywhere in or on your air conditioning system is going to be an indicator of a major problem.

A frozen air conditioner is one that is going to require a professional AC repair in Tampa, FL. You really want to get this issue taken care of sooner than later too since a build-up of ice on your evaporator coil will hinder your comfort and harm your system at the same time.

Why an Iced Over Evaporator Coil is a Problem

There is a common misconception out there that ice on your air conditioner’s evaporator coil is a sign that the system is working really well. The truth is actually the opposite. Ice developing in your air conditioner is caused by a problem in your system. This can and will lead to reduced cooling comfort from your AC and will cause serious damage to your system as well until a professional repairs it.

What Causes an Icy Coil?

So, what is it that causes an iced-over evaporator coil? There is actually more than one problem that can lead to this issue. These include:

  • Low refrigerant levels: If your system is low on refrigerant due to a leak, it can cause the system to begin building up ice on the evaporator coil. This is because your AC isn’t able to properly absorb heat when it doesn’t have enough refrigerant.
  • A dirty evaporator coil: Dirt and debris may not seem like a big problem but trust us they can be a serious issue. When dirt builds up on your evaporator coil it is going to hinder the heat transfer process that allows your refrigerant to cool the air being passed over the coil.
  • Low airflow: Low airflow from a clogged air filter is going to reduce the amount of air that is cooled and able to be pumped into your home. It will also lead to ice building up on your evaporator coil because there isn’t enough warm air passing over the coil, causing the system to cool the air inside of it far lower than normal.

How to Remedy an Icy Evaporator Coil

So what is the solution to your icy evaporator coil? The most effective solution is going to be getting your air conditioner repaired by a professional technician. Attempting a DIY solution by scraping the ice off the coil yourself is going to damage your system more than resolving the issue. Instead, schedule your repairs with our team of professionals. We will get your evaporator coil defrosted properly and address the problems that were causing that icy build-up.

When you work with the technicians at Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning you’ll enjoy service that solves the problem at its core. That is something that an amateur just can’t do.

Contact us today to schedule your AC repairs.

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