In our most recent blog, we talked a little bit about why your air conditioner may be blowing hot air. Let’s come back to that scenario and say that after you realized your air conditioner was blowing hot air, you examined the unit and found that it was caked in ice. Yes, even in the middle of the sweltering Florida summer, your air conditioner can actually become frozen. However, if this has happened to you, don’t panic. There is usually a simple explanation, as well as a simple fix, for it.
Typically, if your evaporator coil is frozen over, it is because the airflow through the coil is restricted. This is probably due to a dirty air filter, but whatever the culprit, the air conditioner is trying to push more cold air through the coil than it can handle. This causes frost to start to form around the coil and it simply continues to build as time goes on, leading to a layer of ice. This accumulation can slow the system down even more, as well as damage other key components of your air conditioner.
We very briefly mentioned this before, but if your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant or simply doesn’t have enough, your unit will experience the same kind of airflow backup. Without refrigerant, your system will not have enough power to push the cold air through the evaporator coil, causing ice to accumulate around it.
If you find that ice has started to accumulate on your air conditioning unit, then it is best to call the heating and cooling experts at North Central Florida Air Conditioning in Gainesville. This is a problem that should be addressed by professionals.