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Missing insulaton on the suction line.

With insulation missing on the suction line could liquid refrigerant get back to the compressor and cause damage?

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You would not get liquid refrigerant back to the compressor because of missing insulation. Please let me know if you need any further assistance.

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3.Remove electrical components

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If the fan does run, and the condenser unit outside is operating and you are getting lower than usual air flow (compared to previously), you may have a dirty filter, or you may have other obstructions at the evap coil inside the furnace or air handler. It could also be the unit is freezing up and ice on the evap coil is cutting down the air flow. Chances are if the coil is freezing over, you will have two issue that cause this:

Air flow issues (dirty coil, clogged air filter, or other obstructions across the evap coil, such as a plastic bag or pet hair, dust, ect.) which will also cause the coil to freeze over.

The other issue that would cause the low air flow is ice that is a result of low refrigerant.

If the system ran fine in the past, I will rule out it may be inproperly sized. Have you recently had a fan motor replaced on the indoor unit. If so, and they under sized the fan motor, then it could be the fan is not drawing, or blowing enough air across the evaporator coil and this will cause it to freeze over.

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