As you start to use your air conditioner to keep cool on a daily basis, you may start noticing a number of unusual behaviors due to the added strain on the system. One of these is the formation of ice on the inside unit of the system. Thought this may seem like a sign that the air conditioner is actually doing its job of cooling the home, it’s actually a symptom of a pretty serious problem. Let’s take a look at why you should call for repairs as soon as you notice ice on your air conditioner.
Your air conditioner cools the air in your home by using an evaporator coil, which is located inside the indoor unit of the system. The coil evaporates refrigerant to absorb heat from the warm air being circulated through the ducts. The temperature of the air around the coil is much lower than the rest of the home during operation. Condensation forms on the coil as the air is cooled past its dew point. The constant flow of warm air from the ducts allows the condensate to remain liquid until it can drain off of the coil. If the flow of air is interrupted, however, the condensate will freeze and the coil will ice over.
The Problem with Ice
While the evaporator coil is iced over, it will be unable to siphon much thermal energy from your home’s air. The output of your air conditioner will drop significantly because of this. If the problem is not fixed sooner, rather than later, the ice can spread down the refrigerant line and cause problems for other parts of the system. If you’re not careful, the ice could eventually cause the entire system to break down.
If your air conditioner is icing over, call Speedy Air Conditioning Service for AC repair. We serve all of Stuart, FL.