90% in attic freezing, even wrapped in heat tape


Old 01-08-15, 12:52 AM
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90% in attic freezing, even wrapped in heat tape

I have a 90% Bryant in the attic that I have had issues with for several years. The condensation pipe running outside freezes. We finally "fixed" it by wrapping the whole pipe in heat tape, but tonight it just can't keep up (in Massachusetts -3 outside right now).
Does anyone have any quick/temporary remedies? I have a small space heater pointed towards it inside right now, and chipped away the ice at the bottom outside, but I think it's still frozen solid.
I have in the past disconnected it and emptied water from a tray/bucket a few times a day, is that my only hope until we get above freezing?
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Old 01-08-15, 06:52 AM
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In those kinds of temperatures about all you can do is either add more heat tape, insulate over the heat tape (should already be done), or do the bucket thing. Why anyone would install 90+ equipment in an attic, I don't know but I see it done all the time despite what manufacturers say.

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