We know it may sound like it’s not such a big deal. If you see ice on your air conditioner, you may believe it’s actually a good thing. After all, your air conditioner is supposed to keep your home cool, right? And when it’s hot and humid outdoors, you hope that your home will remain as cool as possible.
However, ice on the coils is a very bad sign. It means that something isn’t working properly, and it can cause discomfort, poor efficiency, and parts that wear down long before they should.
How Ice Affects Your System
Ice typically forms on the evaporator coil inside of the system because there is not enough warm air blowing over it for refrigeration to occur, or because there is not enough refrigerant in the system to absorb heat.
When the coil is frozen, the system struggles to absorb heat and move it outside of your home, which is how it cools down your house. It requires more energy to get your home cool, at a higher cost to you. You might notice that it takes longer to cool the house, or that the AC sounds like it’s struggling with each cycle. Eventually, the parts can wear down and you might have to replace it sooner than you would have otherwise.
How the Coil Freezes in the First Place
There could be a few different reasons that your air conditioner is not able to absorb heat, causing the coil to freeze.
- Broken fan motor. If the fan isn’t working properly, there won’t be enough air flowing into the unit.
- Clogged air filter. If the air filter is clogged, airflow is inhibited. You might try this before
- Refrigerant leaks. Low refrigerant levels aren’t normal. It means that something is wrong with the system, and that there’s a leak that needs to be sealed. Call a professional technician ASAP!
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