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Old 06-29-2020, 06:06 PM   #1
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2.3 year old Rheem 16 seer issues


I am in Flordia and in mid day we are around 95 F. My Rheem is like new or 2.3 years old. Today I heard some noise near filter vent to air handler. I put in a new filter and put a little bleach in condesate line.


I had to go out for 5 hours and came home and temp was 77 and set at 75. It was not getting there. The night before it seemed like it was not getting to 70 deg F which is what I run it at and have no problems. The house is well insulated.



I went out side and checked around condensor which looks like new. I wet vacuumed the condesate and white gunk came out. My mistake for not wet vacuuming it every other month.


I turn the a.c. back on and it was cooler but not cold. I shut it all off think I may have frozen the coil cause the condesate line was clogged.



Because it is so new, I really don't want to start taking the panel off the air blower.



How long for the coil to de-ice? The garage where the air handler is probably has a temp of at least 85 deg F. The coil is in the air handler?


It is either iced air handler or needs freon or the compressor died ?? I doubt it is compressor. Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:10 PM   #2
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If you don’t see ice on the suction line I’d doubt it’s frozen.
And a clogged condensate line will not cause a frozen coil.
If your unit needs to be charged the leak needs to be found and fixed.
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If the condensate line was plugged it would have leaked water out the air handler and kept on running. That cannot cause it to freeze up.

You should get the freon level checked.

Have you washed the outdoor coil with a garden hose and sprayer? Don't use a pressure washer.
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If the condensate line was plugged it would have leaked water out the air handler and kept on running. That cannot cause it to freeze up.

You should get the freon level checked.

Have you washed the outdoor coil with a garden hose and sprayer? Don't use a pressure washer.

I will hose it down right now with garden sprayer.. No pressure washer. Thanks.
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Because it is so new, I really don't want to start taking the panel off the air blower.
I wouldn't worry about that. You have a 5 or 10 year parts warranty on the system (depending on whether or not it was registered). Removing that panel won't affect the warranty.

Depending on how badly the coil is frozen, it can take 12-24 hours to de-ice. Turn on the fan but not the cooling and this will speed it up (if it is frozen). Look for frost/ice on the coolant lined that go from the coil to the condenser.
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Set the fan to ON at the thermostat, and system to OFF. Coil should thaw in an hour or 2.
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