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Have You Noticed Ice on Your Air Conditioner?

hvac-technician-at-workIf so, what was your reaction? “Wow, this thing must really be cranking!”? If so, then we strongly urge you to take the following blog post very seriously. You see, an air conditioner is there to cool your home, but it is in no way a freezer. You should not see ice on your air conditioner. Ice on your air conditioner does not mean that your AC is just functioning a little more powerfully than it should. It means that there is a problem of some kind–a potentially serious one.

The good news is that it may also be a relatively minor issue. At least one, in fact, you can just resolve on your own with minimal fuss or expenditure. Because it could be something quite serious though, it is important that you contact us if there is no obvious cause. The last thing that you want to do is assume that your air conditioner in Trion, GA is just overdoing it, only to discover it doing nothing at all before long. 

Is Your Air Conditioner Clean?

We’re not your parents, and you’re not a teenager. Don’t worry–we’re not going to lecture you about failing to clean your bedroom. However, we will give you some helpful advice: keep your air conditioner clean! A dirty air conditioner is a much bigger and much more serious problem than many homeowners seem to realize. The issue is that a dirty air conditioner may not cause your system to break down entirely, but it can lead to extremely serious issues over time.

Simply failing to change your dirty air filter out with a clean one can result in ice developing on the evaporator coil. Why? Because a dirty air filter will increase airflow resistance in the system. When that happens, your coil will get too cold because it cannot draw a sufficient amount of heat out of the air in your home. Condensation collects on the coil during the cooling process, and that condensation can freeze on the coil when it gets too cold.

You could also have dirt and grime built up on your evaporator coil itself. If this is the case, you should really call in a professional to handle the cleanup. It’s not quite as straightforward as changing out an air filter. The grime layer insulates the coil, and the resulting ice is only going to insulate it more, compounding the problem.

Do You Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Dirty components are one thing–a refrigerant leak is in a league of its own. This is one of the most serious problems that you can run into with your air conditioner. It is, after all, the refrigerant in your system that allows for the cooling process to happen in the first place.

If there is not enough refrigerant in your system, it won’t pull enough heat out of the air. The system does not consume refrigerant, so low levels mean a leak. You need a trained professional to pinpoint the leak and to seal it, then recharge the refrigerant.

Contact Moody Heating and Air Conditioning for your AC service needs.

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