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Hello, if the pipes are frosting and *the indoor blower is running*... then the cooling coil is iced over,
there are many causes.
Let me know if that is the case or not, we can go from there.
Hello again, the causes of coil icing are as follows, in order of most common to least common"
1. Dirty air filter, and/or cooling coil... the older the system is the more likely the cooling coil is dirty...dirt blocks the air flow
and allows the coil to run below 32F (freezing point of water).
2. Running the system in cooling mode with the thermostat set below 70F when it is cooler than 72F outside, that allows the cooling
to run below freezing (reason is quite technical)
3. System is slightly low on refrigerant, that allows the part of the cooling to ice, then with no air flow across the iced section, the
rest of the coil ices.
Turn off the cooling mode and set the fan in 'fan ON' mode so that the fan runs, but not the outside AC unit
Wait 4 hours or so and the ice will have all melted.
Unplug the furnace or air handler so that the blower shuts down, reach into the blower wheel after it stops spinning and feel for any dirt built up on the blower vanes... if there is a build up of dirt there, the cooling coil will be clogged with dirt also.
The cooling coil needs to be cleaned, that is a messy job.. takes a layman 3 hours or so, or you can have it done for $250 or so.
Look for the dirt, let me know what you find.
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Thanks! I am off to bed now however, I will pick your response up first thing in the morning.