As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t ever notice that there is any ice accumulating to your AC system, ever. If there is ice showing up on your unit, it means that you have a problem. There are a few different issues that can result in a frozen AC unit. Knowing the problems and what they mean for your unit can help you get rid of the ice and get your unit back up and running in no time. Absolute P&M Services is here to talk about why ice could be accumulating on your unit.
What Causes an Air Conditioner to Ice Up
It is important to remember that there is no reason for ice to form on your unit. Your AC system doesn’t need to produce ice to operate. In fact, if there is ice present, it means that there is something wrong with the system. Here are the possible problems.
– Low Refrigerant: When you think about refrigerant, you probably thing about something that is cold. However, the refrigerant that is found in your system is a chemical that alternates between liquid form and gas form as it cools down the air in your home. As the refrigerant moves through the evaporator coils, it absorbs heat and warms up as it cools the air. If there isn’t enough of it, it can’t generate the heat needed to bring the temperature above freezing which results in ice. The condensate moisture that is found in your unit will start to freeze.
– Dirty AC Coils: Sometimes, the evaporator coils found in your unit will get dirty as well which could result in ice forming. It isn’t uncommon for mildew and dust to accumulate on the evaporator coils that will create insulation and not allow it to absorb heat.
– Clogged Air Filter: If your filter is dirty and needs to be replaced, it can be incredibly damaging to your system. One of the problems it causes is ice accumulation. It causes the blower to not get enough air to blow across the evaporator coils. It will again, leave the refrigerant without the heat needed to raise the temperature and will result in ice.
– Broken AC Blower Fan: If the blower fan isn’t working properly, there isn’t air moving through the system; similar to the problem that is listed above with the air filter. Your AC unit need air to blow over those evaporator coils to allow the refrigerant to get warm enough to bring down the temperature.
Emergency Central Air Conditioner Repair, Tune Up Maintenance & More in Santa Fe, Tomball, Sugar Land, Galveston & Greater Houston, Texas
If you have noticed that there is ice forming on your unit, you certainly have a problem. There is no problem that the pros at Absolute P&M Services can’t solve. We have seen it all when it comes to AC repairs. We will be able to diagnose the problem in no time and get it fixed so that you can enjoy a cool home again. Call us today!