There are a number of things that can contribute to or cause the presence of ice inside your New Port Richey central air conditioner. If you see ice forming in or on the outside lineset or interior unit, it is a sure sign that there is a problem within. You should reach out to your AC company if you aren’t up to a little investigating yourself, and prepare yourself for the possibility that an air conditioning service is required.
When it’s humid outside, it isn’t uncommon for water to be coming out of the central air drainpipe. Water develops within the unit normally, due to vapors condensing within during the cooling process. It works much like the condensation that develops on a cold can of soda.
But when you start seeing ice instead of water, you may be in trouble. Ice can seriously damage your system from within. The first step in this situation is always to turn the unit off immediately, before the situation worsens and costs you a great deal of money.
What is causing this ice to form?
There are a few possibilities. The most likely culprit is low refrigerant due to a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is the part of your system that does the actual cooling and dehumidifying. When you don’t have enough of it in the system, contrary to what most people thing, the coolant inside the unit will actually get colder.
The unit won’t be able to do the job of cooling the actual home, though, as the coils will freeze over and the ice will insulate them. If left unchecked, this can cause serious problems. A New Port Richey AC company should be consulted as soon as this is detected, to come in, find the refrigerant leak that caused the issue, seal it, and replace the lost refrigerant.
Another suspect is a dirty or dislodged air filter, which can block airflow within the unit. When this happens, cold air circulates too slowly inside the unit, which again causes the coils to freeze. Switch the system off and replace the filter with a clean one.
You should also have an air conditioning repair service come and inspect it to make sure that the dirt hasn’t gotten to other parts of your unit. If they have, you could see freezing still, as a dirty evaporator coil can freeze and put the entire air conditioner at risk.
If you see ice, do not continue operating the air conditioner. It will damage compressors, gulp down electricity, and do a pretty terrible job of actually cooling things down. Instead, call your air conditioning service and tell them what’s going on, before it’s too late.
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