Preventing Frozen Air Conditioners in Florida
During the summer season in Orlando, our experts handle a fair share of AC repair. Odd sounds, funky smells, and total breakdowns—we cover it all! But in the land of professional repair, not all problems are equal. And some are downright odd. At least, if you don’t know the ins and outs of how an air conditioner works. For example, did you know your air conditioner can actually freeze?
Greens Energy Services brings you the best in repair and air conditioner solutions with each and every service. Our business is built on providing top-quality, dependable service at the hands of highly skilled and knowledgeable experts! Is your air conditioner trying to turn itself into an ice box? Follow along for the causes and concerns with this surprisingly common air conditioner issue!
Can My AC Unit Actually Freeze?
Yes, actually freeze. Not like computer freeze. Your air conditioner can actually generate enough internal cold to form frost, generate excessive condensation, and in extreme cases, literally form ice. It sounds like a real oddball and many of our clients are bewildered when it happens, but it’s actually a pretty normal problem to have.
How Does This Happen?
In bare bones (we could do a full-blown science lesson, but we’ll spare you. This time.), freezing up always has to do with the refrigerant in your system and how it’s being handled. If you have too little, that’s a freeze up. If it can’t circulate and operate properly, that’s a freeze up, too.
There aren’t a ton of things that can cause this problem, but there’s certainly more than one. You might be experiencing a freeze up because of:
- A refrigerant leak. This is the most common and direct cause. If your system has too little refrigerant, it doesn’t actually have any way to know that. There’s no sensor or other detection system in place. So your air conditioner keeps trucking on and it attempts to heat and expand the small amount of refrigerant still in your system (if there’s any at all), which will result in cooler temperatures than your system was designed to handle. This is because refrigerant is designed to absorb and generate heat that is then removed from the home, which it can’t do if it’s not there!
- Air flow problems. Another really common cause, if the air flow in your air conditioner is restricted, air cannot get across the places it’s supposed to go. This will impede the thermal energy exchange that is supposed to occur in your system, meaning it’ll just dump all of the cool air it has generated directly into your system.
- Various component failures. Damage to major components, such as the evaporator coil, blower motor, fans, or damage to the refrigerant line can all cause a freeze up for pretty much the same reasons. These are pretty hard to spot on your own, so you’ll have to have an expert come take a look. Unless your fan flew out of your outdoor unit. You’d notice that one.
- Operator error. This one isn’t too common, but every now and again someone tries to drop their AC to a temperature that is simply too low. Your system was designed to operate in a specific range and if the outdoor air is too cool, it can cause the pressure to drop in your system and create ice. If a cold front moves in, be sure your air conditioner is set properly to compensate!
Air Conditioner Repair in Central Florida
Have you experienced a frozen air conditioner? Don’t let your family suffer through the muggy Florida heat. When your air conditioner starts giving you trouble, Greens Energy Services is the company to call. Your Florida neighbors have trusted our cooling services for more than 60 years! Whether you need air conditioner repair, replacement, or maintenance, you can trust us to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
For the best air conditioner repair service in Central Florida, including Orlando, contact us online or call us at 407-917-3759 to schedule an appointment!