Why Does Your Air Conditioner Freeze in Summer?07/20/2017The summer can get so hot in Orange County, so how in the world is the 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 silly question, but you generally won’t actually see the ice except in extreme cases. Here are symptoms to watch for that indicate you could have a frozen AC system that could be in need of air conditioning service: Warm air is coming out of your registers while the air conditioner is on.Water is leaking from or pooling under your air conditioner. When we say your air conditioner is frozen, what’s actually frozen is the evaporator coil, which moves heat out of your home to maintain the cooler temperatures. There are two main explanations 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 talk with your Ocean Air Conditioning technician during your air conditioning service appointment to determine if you will benefit more from repairing or replacing your air conditioner. We can help you assess the pros and cons using information such as the age of your air conditioner and its service history, along with other things. If your air conditioner has frozen due to an airflow blockage, it’s because there isn’t sufficient air passing over the evaporator coil to dry the condensation that builds up on it—then it freezes. Air flow blockages are regularly caused by dirty air filters or even dirty cooling fins. These problems can be fixed (and avoided!) by a routine air conditioner service appointment. At these service sessions, your technician will clean your system, replace your air filters and ensure everything is working as it should with no potential issues on the horizon. It’s also a great idea to mark your calendar or set a reminder on your phone to check your air filters frequently and change them when they are dirty. Always check 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 pros at Ocean Air Conditioning to schedule an air conditioning service appointment. We’ll help you identify the issue and have your home back to cool and comfortable as soon as possible. Call us at 949-525-9119 or arrange an appointment with us online.