Ice on Your A/C Means Big Trouble

Ice on Your A/C Means Big Trouble

Ice on Your A/C Means Big TroubleWe associate ice with being cool but if there is ice on your A/C that is a sign that something is wrong. When frost starts to appear anywhere in the cooling system, you need to have the system checked out by a professional to make sure you are not sweating through a long, hot Georgia summer.

The most common spot for ice on your A/C is on the tubing from your indoor blower to the outdoor condenser. When ice appears here it is usually an indication that the refrigerant is low or may be leaking. Your system is probably in need of an A/C recharge. A skilled technician should be called to test the system and see if you have a problem.

There are a few potential quick fixes that you can do when ice appears on your A/C. The cause could be something as simple as a dirty air filter or a blocked return. If you change the filter and clear the returns, your cooling system may return to normal function. Sometimes, the cause of ice on your A/C is just running the air when the temperature outside is too cold or operating your A/C with the windows open.

There are more serious problems that can cause ice to build up in your cooling system. These include a bad blower motor, locked up compressor or malfunctioning evaporator coil. When these problems occur, you should consider replacing the entire system because the repairs can be quite expensive. If your cooling system is more then ten years old, it is also recommended that you install a new one. The newer models operate much more efficiently than older ones and will save you money on your electric bill.

If you need help figuring out why there is ice on your A/C in Peachtree City, consult the professionals at Powers Heating and Air. Powers has specially trained technicians to handle all of your HVAC service needs in Fayette and Coweta counties.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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