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Ice on an Air Conditioner Is a Sign of Potentially Serious Trouble

When you see ice forming on an air conditioning system, your first reaction may be to suppose that the system is just doing a very good job of cooling things down. In truth, though, this is not the case. Ice on your system is a sign that something is wrong, not that your system is cooling the air down too effectively. Should you notice ice on your refrigerant lines or the evaporator coil in your home, contact a member of our staff immediately. The sooner that any necessary air conditioning repairs are completed, the better off your system is going to be.

  • Refrigerant Leaks: We’ll get this one out of the way first and foremost, as it’s a bit of a worst case scenario. The refrigerant in your system must be at a certain level, or charge, if your system is going to successfully remove heat from the air in your home. If you do have ice forming on your system, it may be a sign that there is not enough refrigerant in it and that not enough heat is being absorbed by the system. Icing up is only going to compound the problem further, so you should have a trained technician come to pinpoint the source of your refrigerant leak, or to recharge it if it was not properly charged to begin with.
  • Dirty Coils: There are a lot of reasons why it’s so important that you schedule professional air conditioning maintenance on a regular basis. If you don’t, certain components, such as your evaporator coil, won’t be cleaned. The evaporator coil absorbs the heat that evaporates the refrigerant. If it is dirty, you’ll run into the same problems with heat absorption that are mentioned above.
  • Clogged Filters: Clogged filters can reduce airflow throughout the HVAC system. When this happens, your evaporator coil can ice up because there is just not enough hot air moving over it. Changing air filters is one of the best ways in which to keep your AC functioning properly.

Schedule your AC services in Loveland, CO with the experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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