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My AC Condenser Is Frozen. Now What?

Having an icy condenser is a big problem. But it’s actually not the problem you need to be worried most about. After all, an icy condenser is just the result of a problem deeper in your air conditioning system.

If you notice ice developing on your condenser, it’s time to call for AC repair in Newberry, FL. If you’re wondering what to do when your AC condenser develops ice, you can keep reading to learn more. We will also share some reasons that ice may develop on your condenser coils so that you can understand the problem better.

Defrost the Condenser

If you open your air conditioning cabinet one day to be faced with a block of ice covering your condenser coils, it’s easy to panic. But we have some steps that you can take to thaw out your condenser before giving our team a call to come out and check on the problem.

First, you want to turn your air conditioner off completely so that the coils have an opportunity to thaw out. Keep in mind that this ice is going to turn into water and that water has to go somewhere. If you can, place towels around your condenser coils at the bottom. This will help to absorb most of the moisture so that you don’t also have to deal with water damage.

During the process of thawing, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your condenser coils so you can stay on top of cleaning up the water that drips down. The next step is to give our team a call so that we can troubleshoot the problem.

Check Airflow

The first thing we will do is check airflow into and out of your system. If there is a dirty air filter, it can prevent your air conditioner from bringing in enough air to cool your home effectively. This can result in your air conditioner ramping up to work harder without the airflow to meet the need. The end result is frozen evaporator coils. But it’s also possible that airflow is blocked somewhere leaving your system to blow into your home, resulting in the evaporator coils staying too cold for too long.

Look for a Refrigerant Leak

If everything is fine with your airflow, then you may have refrigerant problems instead. If your refrigerant levels are too low, they cannot meet the cooling need, which may contribute to ice on your evaporator coils. And a low refrigerant charge means that you have refrigerant leaking out into the system. 

This can be bad for your other air conditioner components, the surrounding areas of your home, and even your family. Our team can complete an assessment to locate the source of the refrigerant leak, repair the line and recharge your refrigerant. 

Consider Mechanical Problems 

Sometimes, other broken components within your air conditioner can contribute to a frozen evaporator coil. Usually, when one small thing goes wrong, the damage can have a domino effect, impacting other areas of your air conditioner, too.

If our team eliminates the possibility of a refrigerant leak or thermostat problems as the cause of ice on your evaporator coils, we will continue to troubleshoot until we find the source of the problem. This way, we can fix it and prevent it from happening again in the future.

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