The summer can get very hot in Beaverton, so how in the world is the air conditioner freezing over? It seems to make no sense. You may not even realize it’s taking place. 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 monitor 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 pooling under your air conditioner.
When we say your home’s air conditioner is frozen, what’s actually frozen is the evaporator coil, which moves heat out of your home to keep it cool. There are two main reasons that an evaporator coil may freeze; one is a refrigerant leak and the second is a blockage of airflow.
If your air conditioner has a refrigerant leak, you will want to discuss with your Garoken Energy Co. Inc. technician during your air conditioning service appointment to determine if you will benefit more from repairing or replacing your air conditioner. We can help you assess the pros and cons using information such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, as well as other things.
If your air conditioner has frozen because of an airflow blockage, it’s because there is a lack of air passing over the evaporator coil to dry the condensation that builds up on it—then it freezes. Air flow blockages are frequently caused by dirty air filters or even dirty cooling fins. These problems can be alleviated (and avoided!) by a routine air conditioner service appointment. At these service sessions, your technician will clean your system, replace your air filters and ensure everything is running as it should with no potential challenges on the horizon. It’s also a great idea to mark your calendar or set a reminder on your phone to check your air filters regularly and change the filters when they are dirty. Always make sure that furniture, curtains and other household items aren’t blocking your registers, as even this could cause a serious airflow problem and the ensuing freezing problems.
If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. 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 503-848-3838 to arrange an appointment with us.