posted by dave on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 5:22 PM in category daily

I'm sitting in my office. It's about 80 degrees in the house, and my vents are spewing hot air.

Why are they spewing hot air?

Because I've turned my thermostat up to 95 degrees, that's why.

Why would I do such a stupid thing?

Because my air conditioner has been running nearly non-stop for a couple of weeks now, and the air handler is encrusted with ice, as are the lines running to the outside unit.

This ice manages to melt a little bit every now and then, and so now my basement has large areas of wetness.

I hope this ice building was caused by the fact that I haven't cleaned my filter in a thousand years. It was pretty filthy.

So I took the filter outside and hosed it off to make it nice and clean, and now I'm running my heat pump in heat mode to hopefully melt this ice buildup.

My thinking is that, since I run it in cool mode during the Winter to remove ice buildup on the outside unit, maybe running it in heat mode in the Summer will remove ice buildup on the inside parts.

We'll see. This would suck anyway, but it sucks even more because I'm leaving town in the morning. I don't think I can bring myself to leave the air conditioning off while I'm gone - my cats would melt.

So I'll have to call the guys while I'm in Orlando and make arrangements for somebody to be here when they come out to inspect and/or repair my system.

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