Was that a cool breeze that you just felt? It may be cooling down a little bit at night but that doesn’t mean that we should be thinking about turning off our air conditioners anytime soon. If the past couple weeks have taught people in California anything, it is that we often get more use out of our cooling systems even in seasons that are meant to have cooler weather.
This, of course, means that when something goes wrong with your AC system, the sooner you get it fixed the better off you’ll be. One possible “end-of-season” repair that you may need that many people often ignore is the need to fix a frozen evaporator coil. When something goes wrong with your evaporator coil, it means that you definitely need air conditioner repair in Lake Forest, CA from a professional technician.
What Does Your Evaporator Coil Do?
The evaporator coil in your air conditioner is vital to the process of pulling heat out of the air in your home to produce cooled air. Refrigerant flows through your coil and air is blown over the coil allowing the refrigerant to absorb heat. Over time, this process can lead to dust and debris collecting on your coil which will hinder the cooling process. When this happens, you will need to schedule services with a professional to ensure you can keep your evaporator coil in working order. If this isn’t done in time though, it can put you at risk of developing a frozen coil.
Why a Frozen Coil is Bad News
This is Lake Forest so it is fairly obvious that temperatures aren’t ever really going to drop below freezing. So, if it isn’t cold weather causing your evaporator coil to freeze, then what does cause this issue? There is actually more than one possible issue that can lead to this problem.
- Your evaporator coil is dirty: A dirty coil on its own is problematic. If the coil is allowed to become too dirty, it can lead to a build-up of ice being created on the coil. All that debris is the perfect place for moisture to collect and chill until it becomes ice.
- There is a low level of refrigerant: Low refrigerant is going to hinder your system’s ability to cool the air pumping through it. This can often lead to the creation of ice as the evaporator coil cools the area immediately around it.
- There is poor airflow into the AC unit: Poor airflow into your AC can also cause your evaporator coil to ice over because it causes the system to cool the area immediately around it, rather than allowing the cool air to be pumped into the house.
If your evaporator coil is icing over, don’t try to chip away the ice yourself. It is far more likely you’ll end up harming the coil! Instead, shut the system down and reach out to our team to get it defrosted and address the problem correctly. We always provide outstanding customer service for your HVAC system needs.