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There Is Ice on My Air Conditioner—Is This a Problem?

Your air conditioner is not a freezer. While it obviously serves the function of cooling your home during the summer season, your air conditioner is never going to be running cold enough to freeze anything. Any development and accumulation of ice on the system is a sign of trouble, not a sign of an overzealous cooling performance. If you notice that there is ice on your air conditioning system, contact us to schedule air conditioning repairs in Washington, D.C. immediately. This is a red flag that there may be something seriously wrong with your home cooling system.

It May Be as Simple as a Dirty Air Filter…

You have surely been told before just how important it is that you change the filter in your air conditioning system on a regular basis. If you fail to do so, you probably know, you risk reduced energy efficiency and subpar indoor air quality in your home. What you may not realize, however, is that a dirty air filter can actually be a driving force behind the problem of your icy AC. When you have a clogged air filter, it reduces airflow throughout the system. When airflow is insufficient, your evaporator coil can ice over. This is where the refrigerant in your system evaporates, absorbing heat from the air passing over it.When there is low airflow, it may not be able to absorb enough heat.

…or as Serious as a Refrigerant Leak!

Another potential cause of the icing on your AC, and a more serious issue, is a refrigerant leak. As mentioned above, the refrigerant in your system is responsible for absorbing heat from the air as it runs over the evaporator coil. If there is a low level of refrigerant in your system, it won’t be able to absorb heat effectively, leading to the development of ice.

Whatever your particular situation may be, you can count onPolar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. to handle your AC repairs properly.

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