If your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home properly, one thing to look for is a buildup of ice. When the system is iced over, it can’t provide adequate airflow through your Ocala, Florida, home. There are three primary causes of ice on an AC system that you should know about so you’re prepared to respond quickly to this issue.

Clogged Air Filter

If your air filter is clogged, your air conditioner won’t have sufficient airflow. This causes the evaporator coil to become too cold and form a layer of ice. You should change your air filter at least once every three months to avoid this issue. Check the filter monthly for signs of visible dirt and swap it out for a new one sooner if needed. If you see ice on your AC system, the first thing you should do is turn it off and allow the ice to melt. Change the filter while it’s melting. If your filter is the issue, this will solve your problem.

Dirty Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil can get dirty over time. As air blows over it, dust, dander, pollen, and dirt can accumulate here. Regular AC maintenance will help you keep the coils clean. If you’re overdue for a tuneup, there’s a good chance that the ice is the result of dirty coils. This buildup makes it difficult for the coils to warm up as they should when air blows over them. Don’t attempt to clean the coils yourself. Turn off the air conditioner, and call one of our technicians for help.

Low Refrigerant Level

A low refrigerant level can cause your AC system to freeze. If there isn’t enough refrigerant cycling through the coils, they won’t warm and cool as they should. Your low refrigerant level could be the result of a leak somewhere in the system. You should never handle refrigerant yourself. Let our technicians take care of it.

You should always turn off your air conditioner as soon as you notice ice to prevent further damage. Call Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. at 866-881-5935 to schedule your AC repair.

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