Why Does Your Air Conditioner Freeze in Summer?07/20/2017The summer can get so hot in Scottsboro, so how in the world is your home’s air conditioner freezing over? It seems to make no sense. You may not even realize it’s happening. How will you notice if your air conditioner is frozen? It may seem like a ridiculous question, but you usually won’t actually see the ice except in extreme cases. Here are symptoms to look for that indicate you could have a frozen AC system that could require air conditioning service: Warm air is coming out of your registers while the air conditioner is on.Water is leaking from or collecting under your air conditioner. When we say your air conditioner is frozen, what’s actually frozen is the evaporator coil, which transfers 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 speak with your Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. technician during your air conditioning service appointment to see if you will benefit more from repairing or replacing your air conditioner. We can help you assess the pros and cons using background such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, as well as other things. If your air conditioner has frozen as a result of an airflow blockage, it’s because there isn’t sufficient air passing over the evaporator coil to dry the condensation that develops 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 confirm everything is operating as it should with no potential challenges on the horizon. It’s also a good 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 large airflow problem and the ensuing freezing problems. If your air conditioner freezes, turn it off using your thermostat and call the team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. to schedule an air conditioning service appointment. We’ll help you identify the issue and have your home back to cool and comfortable in no time. Call us at 256-574-1300 or book an appointment with us online.