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  1. #1
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    This one is around the corner from me so I see it daily. Nothing wrong with the defrost system, just that it was left on 90 minutes and that doesn't cut it in our climate. When conditions get extreme like we had a few weeks ago, it gets overwhelmed and builds up like this. Finally the ice is off the coil but still little air gets through. Today we hit upper 30s and much of that is finally gone, for now.

    Amazing however, to see units like this all over the place. Don't homeowners ever wonder why their unit looks like this? Or wonder why there is NO heat out of the pump? Or wonder why their electric bill suddenly went up?


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    Exclamation

    EMERGENCY HEAT CAPTAIN!!

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    Maybe outdoor thermostat, I just finished installing my first heat pump with 96% furnace for backup. I guess I'll wait and see how things go.

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    Looks like it's ready to tip over.

  5. #5
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    This is why heat pumps are crap !!! unless you live in Florida.

  6. #6
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    that looks like a photo shopped picture the snow looks fake i don't think it should be there.

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    Wink

    NICE ICE MACHINE,DUDE

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    Originally posted by yamahablas02
    that looks like a photo shopped picture the snow looks fake i don't think it should be there.
    Yeah, he just took the time to cover the line set too, right??

    It looks like ice from here!!

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    Reminds me of my ex wife.

  10. #10
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    I think this heat pump is low on Freon because of the ice on the liquid line I have worked on thousands of heat pumps in a fairly cold climate and that's what I think the problem is. I don't like working on heat pumps in the winter but the can work well. I would remove all the gas pull a tight 500 micron vacuum may even triple evacuate and weigh in a fresh charge.

    This is a Great site, and I can't get enough of it.

    John
    Mid Atlantic
    USA

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    It does it each winter. Set on 90 minutes, the frost builds up during really damp & foggy weather and finally so bad that the 10 minute defrost cycle just melts it off the coil, the rest stays hung like this. It goes away and other than some heavy frosting on a cold morning like today, it's fine.

  12. #12
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    Sooo, a setback stat might not be such an energy saver after all?

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    Lightbulb

    Originally posted by midhvac
    Reminds me of my ex wife.
    Reminds me of my current wife!

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