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Outdoor Rheem compressor covered in ice

Posted by agrandma (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 25, 13 at 23:37

My new Rheem compressor (it was installed in July so it's 5 months old) is covered in ice every day, It looks like a block of ice. I am in Sacramento and we have had temps into the 60's during the afternoon but my outdoor unit doesn't completely thaw. We did have a very cold spell a couple of weeks ago and my compressor is in a place where it doesn't get sun in the afternoon. Today it was warm and I saw solid ice covering the interior of the box and covering all the wires and tubes inside the metal frame, so I melted it off with my garden hose. The outside of the box did not have ice on it today but most mornings it does. It took a long time but it finally came off and I will check it tomorrow. Is there something wrong with it? Is this normal? If so, should I have to manually melt the ice? If so, how? I've never seen anything like this before.

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RE: Outdoor Rheem compressor covered in ice

It is not normal. The unit should defrost itself. There is a control board for this function. Call the install guys.

RE: Outdoor Rheem compressor covered in ice

Suggests a refrigerant leak or faulty defrost function.

Installing dealer should be called back to determine problem and make necessary repair.

Since this is under one year since install, there should not be a charge for this service.


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