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Ice on Your AC Means Trouble!

woman-with-fanWhat would you do if you noticed that there was ice on your air conditioning system? Give it a pat and let it know that you appreciate hot it is going above and beyond to keep your home cool? Well, ice on a cooling system may seem like a case of an overzealous work ethic. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that it means there is something wrong with your system. It may not be a major issue, and it could even be one that you can fix yourself.

Regardless of just how severe the issue is, though, you need to act fast in resolving it. The last thing that you want to do is give any problem with your air conditioner in Chapin, SC the chance it needs to do serious damage to your system. Keep the following information in mind, and remember to contact us immediately if you can find no obvious cause of the problem. When in doubt, a professional diagnosis and resolution is always the way to go.

Check Your Filter

What could the air filter in your air conditioning system possibly have to do with the ice that has developed on that system? It may seem like an odd place to start, but this is actually among the most common of problems that can lead to the icing of the evaporator coil. This coil is where refrigerant evaporates in order to draw heat out of the air. If the filter is so dirty that it restricts airflow through your system, then the AC is going to struggle to remove a sufficient amount of heat from the air. That allows the coil to get too cold, and condensation can freeze on it.

You May Need a Coil Cleaning

Dirt and dust can cause trouble with other components of your air conditioning system, too. In fact, the buildup of such substances on your evaporator coil itself could lead to icing. The grime insulates the coil, making the heat absorption process more difficult. That means that the coil can fail to draw enough heat out of the air, and again, ice can develop. Because the layer of ice serves as additional insulation on the coil, the problem can really begin to — ahem — snowball.

It Could Be a Refrigerant Leak

Well, we certainly have not saved the best for last this time. Your worst case scenario if your system is icing up is probably a refrigerant leak. Your air conditioner does not consume refrigerant, remember. It recycles it through the system over and over. That means that an AC low on refrigerant is leaking refrigerant, and that means that much more serious trouble may be just around the corner. You can do irrevocable damage to your air conditioning system if do not have your refrigerant leak pinpointed and repaired as soon as possible.

Schedule your air conditioning repair services with the pros here at Fulmer Heating & Cooling. We’ll have your air conditioner back on track as soon as possible. 

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