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What Does This Ice on My Air Conditioner Indicate?

If your air conditioner is blowing hot air, or is not cycling on at all, then it is probably pretty obvious to you that there is trouble afoot. Certain problems with your air conditioner may not be quite so clear cut, though, nor will they be that noticeable. Ice developing on your air conditioner is one such situation.

Should you notice that you have ice on your air conditioner—and we’ll get into the potential causes of this problem in the following post—be sure to schedule your AC services with the professionals on our staff. We’ll get to the root of the situation, and we’ll guarantee that your AC is put back on track. Don’t let ice on your air conditioner go unresolved. 

First of all, the solution to this problem could actually be as simple as changing your air filter. If your air filter is too dirty, it can create far more airflow resistance than your air conditioner is meant to handle. That reduced airflow will result in reduced heat absorption along the evaporator coil. The coil, in which refrigerant evaporates to absorb heat, can then grow far too cold. Ice will form as condensation freezes, which is only going to exacerbate matters by further insulating and inhibiting the coil. This is just one reason why changing your air filter is so important.

Refrigerant leaks could also be to blame, though, and this is a far more serious matter requiring professional intervention. When there is not enough refrigerant in your system, it means that you either have leaks, or a subpar technician mistakenly filled your system with too little refrigerant (which you won’t have to worry about when you work with us). Refrigerant is the heat transfer fluid that your AC uses to remove heat from the air in your home. If there is not enough refrigerant in your system, the icing process discussed above can result. Furthermore, you risk straining your compressor as the system works overtime, and that can lead to very serious and costly damages.

Schedule your AC services in Portsmouth, VA with the technicians at House Call Company.

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