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Rooftop forced air furnace with cooling unit

Ice keeps forming on compressor

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  • ron43 May 28, 2008

    where would i find the defrost unit on this unit.

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Needs new defrost unit

Posted on May 28, 2008

  • daniel stein May 28, 2008

    if you open the sevice panel at the outdor unit there should be a computer board usually its built rigth into the board check that and get back to me as to if it has a board or not then i could instruct you further

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Auto/On set to ON. Fan runs.


Sounds like the thermostat, the way to verify is to unplug indoor unit, remove thermostat, take pic of wiring with phone or label the wires as to the terminals. Carefully twist the yellow,(Y) Red (R) and the green (G) together. Plug the furnace back in, if the unit operates normally, replace the thermostat. I am basing this on the fact that the blower speed is changing. This could also be an anomaly within the circuit board in the furnace section, not likely though as the outside unit (condenser) is not controlled n by the indoor board unless this is a heat pump. hope this helps. D

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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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I have a new keystone hideout with dometic single zone lcd thermostat when i put it to furnace the ac fan comes on at same time but when furnace reaches temp. ac fan just keeps blowing cool air?


Obviously wired wrong. I will assume it is still under warranty? If you only recently picked unit up, I would also question the quality of the PDI performed. ( Pre Delivery Inspection) Have you tried to contact dealer you purchased it from?

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Unit cools great but when extremly hot weather occurs it eventually freezes up.


dirty filters in the indoor unit.As the ambient temperature rises the unit will work harder and longer,its fine when its just a normal day because the evaporator coil wont have time to ice up as the compressor will cycle off before the coil freezes totally,but during extreme ambient temperatures the coil will ice up as the compressor will continue running to reach set-point causing the coil to ice up

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I have my dometic Rooftop ac unit. The heatstrip/fan run perfectly but when I turn on the ac...the fan runs good but when the compressor kicks on it just hums.


The compressor coming on does make a slight "humming" sound which is normal. Is the unit cooling properly? Do you think it is louder than before?

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What is the difference between ducted roof air and non ducted.


Non-ducted units blow the cooled air out louvers on the unit. Ducted units discharge into a duct system like your home furnace. (Or RV Furnace (heater)).

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Ice forming on inside of unit air not cold


clean the filters and check the drain, to clear the drain run a jug of warm water down the pipe

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Central air conditoner unit doesnt blow cool air into home has some ice on the inlet heat and cooling lines going into the central air unit


Change the furnace filter. Make sure you use a cheap one when air conditioning, as the better ones restrict airflow when they filter out so much stuff and then plug up, not allowing enough air to pass over the cooling coil in the furnace's air plenum. Turn the A/C off for a few hours (with only the furnace fan on if possible) to melt the ice off the cooling unit inside the furnace.

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