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System does not go into defrost

I replased defrost board & sensor unit still does not go into defrost

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Did you check the solenoid on the reversing valve? Has the compressor ever been replaced?

Most reversing valves are normally in heat pump mode, and when the solenoid is energized, it is in A/C mode (in summer cooling, the valve is energized.). If the solenoid is bad, then the unit can not switch to defrost.
If the compressor has been replaced, there is a chance that the reversing valve might have some trash in it, preventing it from switching over. Lightly tap on the valve when defrost or A/C mode is being asked for.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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I have noticed my heat pump is freezing up on the outside unit, we have had freezing rain and snow the last 2 days but I have never noticed ice accumulation on the outside of the unit, it also seems like...


In freezing weather the heat pump efficiency drops. The freezing is normal. The equipment has a board and sensor to defrost your heat pump. Now this system can fail but freezing rain and snow get pulled into the unit get pulled into the unit coil and freeze blocking airflow. You can defrost the unit by turning it to cooling. This is what the defrost board does automatically.

Dec 27, 2012 | Goodman Heating & Cooling

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Why is Ice Forming on my Heat Pump


Many people have heat pumps and never realize that ice can form on the outdoor unit. Some have seen ice on their heat pumps but do not know how much is too much until they have a problem with not enough heat. Still others have a backup heat source and never know that they have a problem.

First off lets establish that heat pumps will form ice on the outdoor unit, usually whenever the outdoor temperatures go below about 40 degrees F. This threshold for ice depends a lot on the humidity of the air outside. If it is raining or snowing, the ice will form much more readily and rapidly. It is normal for ice to form on the outdoor unit because it is the cold side of the system when it is running in the heating mode. Because of this cooling, if the outdoor temperature is near or below freezing and there is moisture in the air, it will condense and freeze on the unit.

To keep the ice from building up to the point where it stops all the air flow, the outdoor unit will have a defrost timer board. This operates in conjunction with a sensor. Every 30 – 90 minutes the board will check the sensor. If the sensor tells the board that ice has formed on the coil it will then change the unit over from heating to cooling. This will make the outdoor unit the hot side for a short time to melt away the ice. While it does this, the unit will also energize the back up heat which is often an electric coil or a furnace. This will keep the inside air from blowing cold while the unit is defrosting.
When the sensor feels the coil temperature at about 50 degrees F it will then tell the board to return to the regular heating and switch the coils around again.

If this process fails to work for some reason the outdoor coil will become a big block of ice and look something like this.

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When your outdoor coil becomes totally frozen over it stops all the air flow through the coil and stops the heating process. In extreme case it can be very difficult and becomes a very long process to defrost the coil. You need to practice a lot of patience and care when defrosting a badly frozen coil. A torch or preferably a heat gun (hair dryer) can be used to speed up the defrost process. If it continues to occur the timer needs to be set to defrost more often or either the timer or the sensor has gone bad.

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on Jan 30, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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I have an armstrong heat pump and am curious about how the defrost cycle works.


Rather lengthy but here it is.
The outside unit(heat pump) has a reversing valve, a defrost board, a crankcase heater, a metering device(txv or piston) and an accumulator. This is what makes it a heat pump instead of a straight air condensing unit.
When in the heat mode the outside unit becomes the evaporator and the inside unit becomes the condensing unit.Before somebody corrects me i am just stating what is different in a heat pump.
When the system goes into defrost several things happen. First the system has to call for a defrost cycle. This happens on a time and temperature sequence. When the defrost board times out for a defrost check(the defrost board has a jumper pin to determine how long before the system will check for a temperature(thermal switch) is open or closed. This switch is in the normally open position. It will close at 35 degrees(depends on the switch). This switch is located on the copper line in the condensing unit. If this switch is closed then the system will go into defrost. Now for the good part. This will shut down the outside fan, switch the reversing valve, and the outside unit will essentially go into cool mode. Because the fan is off the compressor will heat up very rapidly and the refrigerant passing thru the coils will be hot as well. This will cause the ice buildup on the outside unit to melt(defrost). This will continue until a temperature is met or it times out. Then the system will return to the heat cycle. One other thing, depending on how your system is wired the inside unit will turn on the auxillary heat while the defrost cycle is in process. That way you will still have heat while the defrost cycle is in process.
It is not uncommon for steam to come out of your outside unit while this is going on. It can also be quiet noisey sometimes.
Hope this explains what you wanted to know. If not just reply to this with any other question you have about the cycle.

Sep 14, 2011 | Heating & Cooling

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When the air con is on heating it works fine for about 5-10 minutes and then the compressor stops and then the outdoor fan stops and then the indoor unit stops heating.


This could be any number of problems depending on whether this unit is a heat Pump or not. It sounds like it is a heat pump, if so it should have a defrost board or Control of some type. They also usually have a defrost or ice sensor on the outdoor Refrigerant coil. When ice or heavy frost is detected it puts the unit into defrost. This Could be why your unit is cycling off, the sensor could be bad or the board could be Bad. Also be sure your air filters are clean and the indoor and outdoor refrigerant Coils are clean. This may require you to remove the unit and hose it out.

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I have a goodman heat pump model# ssz140301 where is the defrost timer located on the heat pump


In the out door unit, Remove to cover there should be a control board in there defrost time is usually adj by 30,60,90 min settings on the board. If is freezing up try to adj time or the unit could have a bad sensor or control board.

Dec 30, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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I have ruud heatpump and it is covered in ice and it does not seem to be defrosting what could this be?


The defrost sensor attached to the outside coil is defective and or the defrost control board in the outside unit is defective.

To defrost the unit,turn the thermostat to cool and lower the temperature as low as it will go. Run in the cool mode until the coils defrost. Then return to heat mode.

Jan 16, 2010 | Ruud Heating & Cooling

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Fan freezes up with ice in winter


They need air, do not cover it when in use.

If ti cools fine in summer then you just have a defrost problem.

Make sure the outdoor coil is clean.
If the coils are clean, then you have a bad defrost control.

In heat mode the unit should go into a timed or temp controlled defrost. If it is frosting up to the point of stopping the fan, in heat mode only, and otherwise operates properly, then its a bad defrost control.

It is reccomended that the defrost temp sensor be replaced at the same time the defrost control board is replaced. Some temp sensors are part of the board and not a seperate component, but not most.

Aug 19, 2009 | GE Zoneline AZ25E12D3B Air Conditioner

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M#13qc-042k system will not go into defrost i replaced defrost board & sensor still no defrost


There is typically a set of jumper pins on the defrost control board that allow the system to go into defrost after 30, 60, or 90 minutes of run time. There are also two bare pins that say "test" on them. While unit is running, approx 15 min or so in heat mode, short those two pins together for about 5 seconds, this will force the unit into defrost mode. If it still does not work, you might still have a defective board. Depending on the humidity in your area, that is how you determine the defrost interval.

Jan 22, 2009 | Intertherm P3RA-048K Air Conditioner

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Tempstar heat pump: want to bypass defrost thermostat


Don't attempt to bypass defrost mode. If it's cold enough to use as a heat pump, it's cold enough to need the defrost cycle.

It sounds like a sensor issue, although it may be the controller board.

Unless you know how to work on equipment like this, I urge you to get a professional to service the unit for you.

Jan 22, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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Out side unit will not go into defrost cycle


most likely a bad temp sensor on the outdoor coil. you are seeing ice so its cold enough to defrost but the sensor is not seeing ice so it doesn't. usually a generic 3/8 or 1/2 clamp on sensor will fix. you can freeze the sensor with a little r22 and it should close and fall into defrost or jump it and it has to proof closed and the unit should defrost. if you jump it you may have to speed up the board to diagnose. usually jumping test pins together throws it into a 5 sec in 20 seconds out cycle. kind of like turning a 24 hour days into 24 seconds. or to protect the board you can just find the sensor pull it, replace it and watch what happens next cold night. good luck

Nov 10, 2008 | Intertherm P3RA-048K Air Conditioner

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