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Kenmore 580 spitting ice - help!

taeji

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I have a Kenmore 580 air conditioner that seems to freeze up a little or something as it spits out little ice chips and make clanking sounds after running for about 20 mins. When I let the fan run for awhile it seems to melt whatever froze up and the noise and ice chips stop. When I turn the A/C mode back on; however, the ice and noise start again. Any suggestions, cures, etc. out there? Thanks.
 

Jake

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Check your filter in front, make sure its clean.

Leave the fan on continuously while the compressor cycles on & off.

Jake
 

jeff1

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Hi,

An air conditioner that constantly ices up will need to be repaired. It can be due to a lack of refrigerant, bad fan motor, or inefficient compressor. Or it may simply need to be dismantled and professionally cleaned. This involves the use of equipment and tools only your service company will have.

Machine works properly during day, but ices up at night?
Probably because outside temperature falling below 60 degrees Fahrenheit during night. This allows the air conditioner to produce frost on the inside coil. This problem usually occurs in the fall when days are warm, but the nights start to get cold.
If icing occurs when temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit then the air conditioner will need servicing.

jeff.​
 

taeji

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Checked the filter and cleaned it - didn't make a difference. The ice "chipping" occurs during the day - don't need the A/C at night here. I let the fan run and after awhile (30-45 minutes), the ice and noise stops. I'm not sure if it melts or what. The thing is practically new (bought last year and only used a few times) so I'm not sure what's wrong with it.
 
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