Frozen Air Conditioner in Indianapolis – Causes and Repairs

By: Brian Schutt  |  May 5, 2015

With 80 degree temperatures finally reaching the Indianapolis area, many air conditioners that have been dormant all winter are going to be kicked on for the first time.

A call we receive by the dozens is that the air conditioning system has frozen up. There are a few causes behind this issue:

Likely causes of frozen air conditioner:

  • Low refrigerant level caused by a leak in the air conditioning system
  • Failing blower motor not moving air through the air conditioner evaporator coil
  • Dirty/clogged filter not allowing airflow through the air conditioner evaporator coil
  • Blocked return air duct in the home, reducing airflow to air conditioner evaporator coil

When the A/C system starts to freeze, usually it will start within the air conditioner coil, regardless of which of the above causes is. The freezing will then continue through the copper refrigerant lines toward the outside air conditioner condenser. If you find this freezing, there are important steps to follow.

Steps to take if your air conditioner is frozen:

  • Turn thermostat setting from Cool/Air Condition to Fan On only. Keeping fan on is an important step to keep the thawing ice from spilling water onto mechanical parts of the system
  • Check filter (same filter that is in your furnace) to ensure you have no restricted airflow
  • Check airflow through vents to ensure that air is coming through your system
  • As the system thaws, call your trusted Indianapolis air conditioner repair company to setup appointment to do thorough diagnostic, testing refrigerant levels, the blower motor, and other risk areas

Bottom line, if you’re in the Indianapolis area and your air conditioner is frozen up, the system will have to thaw before a quality diagnostic can be performed.

Brian Schutt

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is the co-owner of Homesense Heating | Cooling. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he loves the city and its people, and is committed to bringing a servants mindset into the heating and cooling industry. One of the ways he does that is to translate the technical language of HVAC into the manageable and understandable for homeowners.

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