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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

The last thing that you want to encounter during the hottest time of the year is a serious problem with your home cooling system. Even if your air conditioner is up and running, it may be suffering from issues that will prevent it from operating as efficiently, effectively and reliably as possible. That is why it is so important that you take note of any irregularities with your system, and that you contact a trained, professional AC technician the moment that you think there may be trouble brewing. If you notice ice developing on your air conditioner in Bolingbrook, IL, contact us right away.

It’s a Cooling System, So Isn’t Ice a Good Sign?

Absolutely not. Your air conditioner is charged with cooling your home, yes, but it is not a freezer and you should never be seeing ice on any of its components. Not only is the development of ice a sign of existing problems, but that ice itself can lead to further issues with your air conditioner.

One potential cause of ice on your evaporator coil, for instance, is a very dirty air filter. Now, this in and of itself is not a major problem. The filter is restricting airflow over the coil, and it is not absorbing sufficient heat as a result. Replacing the filter can resolve the issue. If you fail to do so, though, that ice will insulate the coil, impeding the cooling process and putting a lot of unnecessary strain on the system. That can result in system damages and high cooling costs.

The icing may also be the result of refrigerant leaks. This is a more serious issue, and it is not one that you can resolve on your own. If your refrigerant is leaking, your system is at risk of compressor damages and other very costly damages. If you see ice on the coil or refrigerant lines, you should pick up your phone to dial our number immediately.

Schedule your AC services with the pros at DuAll Heating & Cooling.

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