Why Is Ice On My Air Conditioner a Problem?

Posted on: April 7, 2017 by in Blog
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an air conditioning unit with ice on it

Even in the hottest of climates, such as a Tampa summer, you may experience ice building up on or inside your AC unit.
To avoid further issues, shut off your unit now and let it defrost. Then call our ac repair service.
Below are some reasons why ice can form on systems, and what we can do to prevent this.

For free in-home assessments and estimates for any new HVAC System in Tampa or surrounding areas, please call (813)296 5462 today!

What Causes Ice On My AC Unit?

  • Mechanical Problems – If your blower fan or fan motor are damaged, drains are blocked, or the refrigerant lines are kinked, your cooling system can ice over. Your unit will require a licensed qualified technician to fix this issue.
  • Restricted Air Flow – When the air flow is restricted due to blocked or damaged air filters, air ducts, or duct work, there is a reduced ability to lower the temperature – these elements will need to be replaced or repaired.
  • Refrigerant Leak – When your refrigerant is low, this means it is leaking – and this causes the cooling agent to expand too much in the evaporator coil. In turn, this lowers the temperature below freezing and causes ice on your AC unit. A licensed technician will need to repair the leak and refill the refrigerant.
  • Dirty Evaporator Coil – A dirty evaporator coil results in less airflow through your AC system, using up more electricity and potentially causing damage to the compressor. Call your HVAC technician to rectify this issue.
  • Cold Temperatures – If your temperature falls to around 60 degrees fahrenheit outside – it is too cold for your AC unit, and ice will also form on it for this reason.

 

If ice is forming on your air conditioner in Tampa, Florida, call our number today to resolve this issue, at (813)296 5462.

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