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PHKJ048-1 outdoor fan stopped

Hi There. The heat pump is in ac mode and after about three minutes the unit stays running but the outdoor fan stops and then I can see ice forming on the two copper pipes under the fan. It is over 100 degrees outside and humidity is very low here in PHX AZ. I had the defrost control board changed once before by a pro. could this be the same problem? Both problems began after a monsoon storm

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This is nothing but a bad fan motor. Probably caused by rain down pouring off the roof into the unit. Try adding channel diverters that diverts water (a lip on the edge of the roof) >!

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