Electrical HVAC system and ice storm.


Old 02-18-15, 08:54 PM
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Electrical HVAC system and ice storm.

So, I've got a Trane HVAC but I don't know more than that since I'm renting. We just had a big ice storm come through and my system got about an inch of pure ice covering it. It turned on before I ever even thought about the system and started making a "thunk thunk" noise. I turned it off and figured it was from ice on the fan. (Google search also seemed to agree.) The next day the ice was almost completely melted off the unit and I knocked off the rest. When I turned it back on, it seemed to thunk once or twice and then settle and run normally. Just now, I felt like my heat had been running a little long so I turned it down slightly. The unit outside turned off and I walked outside as it was running down. Suddenly, there were two loud pops. I am pretty sure they came from the unit, but not 100%. It was so loud that my dog did a Scooby-Doo-esque scramble to get back in the house. I am afraid to turn it on, but I'm also worried because it is supposed to get down to 8 degrees tonight and tomorrow. I can run emergency heat but I've heard it is really expensive. I looked in the unit but I wouldn't know what to even look for. The blades are free of ice and the only ice I see is at the very bottom on the floor of the unit, but the pipes look clear. Suggestions?
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Old 02-19-15, 04:35 AM
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Call your landlord and let him worry about it.
Old 02-19-15, 04:47 AM
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at 8 id be running the electric heat.
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If the landlord is unresponsive ... why not turn it on ? It's either already broken or it isn't. I'll bet if a service tech were called the first thing he'd do is turn it on anyway.

I agree with airman, that at 8 degrees you'll want Emergency Heat.
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