At first glance, ice on your air conditioning system doesn’t sound like anything to panic about. If it’s supposed to keep us cool, why wouldn’t it get a little cool itself? But in truth, ice on your system indicates a significant problem, requiring the service of a trained Columbus air conditioning professional to address.
The ice has most likely formed on the evaporator coil or nearby components, which play an important role in the air conditioning cycle. Refrigerant enters the evaporator coils and evaporates, cooling the air around the coils which then circulates into your house through your air ducts.
That assumes the air conditioning system is working the way it should. Ice can form on the evaporator coils anytime they are running too cold, which causes the condensed water from the air to turn to ice. If the coils get dirty, it will reduce exposure to the fan, resulting in icy coils. Dirty air filters can reduce air flow, causing the same issue. Ice can form if the system has lost refrigerant due to a leak, because too little refrigerant causes lower pressure in the system, which leads to lower temperatures.
Whatever the cause of the problem, it translates to reduced efficiency in your air conditioning system. Nor can you correct the problem just by getting rid of the ice, which is a symptom of the underlying issue, not the cause. In these cases, an expert specialist can assist you. Professionals use tools to identify refrigerant leaks, then safely seal it and recharge the refrigerant. If dirt is the culprit, a specialist can clean the coils as part of a standard maintenance service (which should prevent excessive build up in the future if it takes place on a regular basis). A tech can measure the air flow in your system and make sure that your fans are working properly, and that there is no problem with your air filter.
If you spot ice in your air conditioning system, Quality Air Heating and Air Conditioning can help. We handle installation and maintenance issues, and serve homes in the whole of the greater Columbus area. Call us today to schedule a service visit.