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Why an Icy AC Is an Issue

Considering the fact that your central air conditioning system is, of course, responsible for keeping your home cool and comfortable during the hottest time of the year, it may be difficult for you to understand precisely why it is that having ice on your air conditioning system is such a serious sign of trouble. As serious sign of trouble it is, though, and the professional AC technicians here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., have put together some information to help you understand precisely why this is. Read the information below, and remember to contact us if you notice that you have ice on your system. We are the company to call when you need any AC repairs in North Seattle.

Why You Have Ice on Your AC

There are a few reasons as to why you may have ice on your air conditoning system. The first, and perhaps most common, reason for this condition is a low refrigerant level. The refrigerant in your air conditioning system is responsible for the facilitation of the heat transfer process. This means that it absorbs heat from the air throughout your home, and this heat is then vented outside, allowing the resulting cool air to make your home more comfortable. If there is not enough refrigerant in the system, the coils will get too cold, and moisture on them will ice over. Only a professional technician can fix a refrigerant leak and recharge the system.

Another cause of ice buildup on an AC is poor airflow. When there is not enough air flowing across an evaporator coil, it can freeze up. There is not enough heat exchange occurring due to the low airflow, and the drop in temperature can lead to icing. Problems with your fan or other mechanical components can lead to this problem.

Finally, a poorly maintained air conditioner can also lead to icing. If, for instance, your coils are too dirty to function properly, the heat exchange process can be compromised. Before long, you will start to notice ice is developing on your air conditioner. The good news is that the professional technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. are here to complete any air conditioning repairs that you may require, so call today.

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