we have a split unit AC unit. has a tendency, on occasion, to start up
on its own. we were out of town this weekend and came back to find
out the whole thing was frozen up. i've shut it off at the breaker to
allow it to defrost.
question: is it destroyed? i did briefly try to start it and the
control system lit up,and didn't trip any breakers but nothing started
any suggestions or comments? thanks much
The primary reason for icing up AC is insufficient air flow across
the coil. Once you're thawed out, run it without a filter for a
bit to verify that everything works and to remove any ice still
left in the coils and fins. Make sure the coils are clean, not
grimy or choked off with dust bunnies.
Keep the whole world singing . . .
Around me, the HVAC guys are going into winter clean and checks. An AC
repair might be cheaper, now that it's "off season". On the other
hand, it may leak out again before spring. No definite answer, sadly.
Wait till early spring sounds like a reasonable answer.
On Sun, 3 Oct 2010 20:43:50 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
i assume it was running shortly before we got home because there was a
fair amount of ice on the wall unit. but nothing was runnin when we
got home and the fan didn't come on when i powered the unit up
That's most commonly low freon. AC's actually get colder when they
are slightly low on freon. If it still runs after it thawed out then
you didn't damage it. You need someone with a set of guages to take a
look at it. If the season is over for you then you may just want to
wait till spring. If it has as slow leak it will just leak back out
over the winter. But get a early start in spring cause the ac
business gets busy then.
On Mon, 04 Oct 2010 18:47:54 -0400, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I wasn't referring to a brand name. The OP made no mention of age so for
the environment's sake it should be considered to contain an
environmentally unsafe refrigerant until proven otherwise. That is unless
you don't give a fuck about our environment.
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