If you were to look in a refrigerator and see a small amount of ice around the edges of a drawer or the back of a shelf, what would you think it was an indication of? You’d probably recognize it as a sign that your fridge is working a little too well! So, what if you noticed the same thing in your air conditioner?

Contrary to what some may think, the build-up of ice in your air conditioner is actually a bad thing, rather than a sign that your AC is working double-time. Let us explain what an icy AC means, what causes it, and how to address the problem to save your system.

Why is Your Air Conditioner Icing Over?

The appearance of ice in and on your air conditioning system during the summertime can seem strange and is often misconstrued as a sign that your unit is working extra hard. The truth is that an icy AC is a sign that your system is struggling to produce cool air and it is actually going to run into serious damage in the near future unless this issue is taken care of.

There are going to be a few main causes for an icy AC system that will require the assistance of a professional to address.

  • Poor airflow through your return air filter: If your air filter is overly clogged with dirt and debris it can restrict the flow of air that reaches your AC, meaning that cooling power has nowhere to go and just collects on the evaporator coil, leading to a build-up of ice. Similarly, if you somehow ended up with a filter that is too strong and is also restricting airflow, you’ll end up with the same issue.
  • A dirty evaporator coil: Over time your evaporator coil may collect some dirt and debris on it. This will eventually hinder its ability to cool the air that is being blown over its coils and instead will cause ice to collect on the coil.
  • A problem in your ductwork: If there is damage to your ductwork which hinders the flow of cooled air from your AC into your home, it means that all that cold air is going to just sit around the evaporator coil, lowering the temperature of your system immensely and causing it to ice over.

How to Fix or Avoid This Problem

Thankfully, if your AC starts to ice over you can fix the issue with the help of a professional HVAC technician like the ones on our team. One of our pros can identify and address the cause of your problem, whether it means fixing the filter, sealing up your ducts, or cleaning your evaporator coil.

What’s more, with the help of our maintenance program you can avoid this problem in the future. That is because with regular maintenance all of the possible causes for an icy AC can be caught before the ice forms and be taken care of, saving you time and money.

Kick back and relax, we’ll keep you cool. Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating today to schedule your air conditioning services with a trained professional.

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