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Why is My Air Conditioner Freezing?

Why is My Air Conditioner Freezing?

The scorching temperatures of a Texas summer force you to crank up the air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable. However, having your system working at full-blast for hours at a time against 100-degree temperatures puts a heavy strain on your air conditioning system. These are prime conditions for a common but serious problem that can ruin your day in a moment: an air conditioner freeze. For many homeowners, a freeze doesn’t even seem possible—your system is battling the outdoor inferno after all. To better understand how this issue can occur, let’s take a look at two common reasons a freeze can occur.

Blocked Air Flow

Air conditioners depend on the air flowing through them to prevent the condensation on the coil from freezing. When the air flow is restricted or blocked, the condensation can cool and freeze, resulting in the coil itself freezing over and preventing the flow of refrigerant. As a result, your entire system can shut down.

Preventing this from happening is rather simple. Poor air flow is usually the result of a dirty, blocked up air filter. This filter needs to be replaced at least once per year, usually in spring time before the temperatures start getting too hot and you have to run your system frequently. Change your air filter out and you likely won’t face a freezing issue as a result of poor air flow to your coil.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your air flow is not the issue, then you are likely facing a more serious issue. Refrigerant leaks happen whenever Freon or other refrigerant fluids spill out and freeze on your coil, creating a chain-reaction effect that eventually causes your entire system to freeze and seize up. If you suspect a leak, you should let a professional inspect your system as soon as possible to pinpoint the leak and determine the best course of action going forward.

When this happens, you as a homeowner will be faced with a decision: fix the system or replace it. If your system is aging, replacing it may be the better option as a refrigerant leak may be the first of numerous other problems that are soon to follow. In fact, a system freeze can cause other problems to emerge soon after, meaning it’s sometimes best just to get it over with and do a full replacement. A professional can advise you on the best steps to take going forward.

When your air conditioner breaks, turn to the Austin air conditioner repair experts you can trust. At Texas AC & Plumbing Specialist, all our technicians are highly-trained and certified to provide you with top-quality services that we back up with a full 100% satisfaction guarantee. We even offer lifetime warranties on all our workmanship to give you the peace of mind of knowing your system will be fixed properly or we’ll fix it again at no cost to you! We offer flexible financing options to help you get the repairs or replacement you need for your air conditioner without breaking the bank.

Call Texas AC & Plumbing Specialist today at (512) 580-7551 to schedule a service and get the repair or replacement service your home needs!


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