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Ice on a/c coil

I notice ice on my a/c coil and it's dripping, it freezing up overnight, how do I clean the coils myself or do I get an A/C co.. A/C temp. at 73 degrees at night, I live in south FL.

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Clean the coil with a water hose. just be xcareful not to spray electrical patrs. and turn off power

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