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tkerston 12-14-2010 10:15 AM

Heating Problems and questions
 
Hi...I live in Sandusky Ohio on the Lake Erie waterfront in a 3 story Condo building. Our heat pump units are on the roof with lots of winter weather exposure...ie; snow, ice, sleet, etc...many of us (condo owners) are experiencing problems with the snow and ice building up on the fan blades of the rooftop units and causing our units to shut down or shake horribly on top of the roof. My question is this...can we spray WD-40 or some other solvent based product on the fan blades to prevent the snow/ ice buildup? Thank you in advance for any helpful suggestions and or advice. This probably wasn't the most efficient type of heating unit for our area/ region, but I am afraid this is what the developer gave us and it has become a maintenance nightmare! Again, Thank you in advance for any assistance

Tracey

paul52446m 12-14-2010 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by tkerston (Post 52125)
Hi...I live in Sandusky Ohio on the Lake Erie waterfront in a 3 story Condo building. Our heat pump units are on the roof with lots of winter weather exposure...ie; snow, ice, sleet, etc...many of us (condo owners) are experiencing problems with the snow and ice building up on the fan blades of the rooftop units and causing our units to shut down or shake horribly on top of the roof. My question is this...can we spray WD-40 or some other solvent based product on the fan blades to prevent the snow/ ice buildup? Thank you in advance for any helpful suggestions and or advice. This probably wasn't the most efficient type of heating unit for our area/ region, but I am afraid this is what the developer gave us and it has become a maintenance nightmare! Again, Thank you in advance for any assistance

Tracey

I live in north Mi. and would not sell a heat pump, too many problems. I would think the WD-40 would just wash off when wet.
Its like a snow blower, the only thing i have found that works, is a good car wax. You would have to take the top off to use wax. Maybe someone else will come up with something. Later Paul

kok328 12-14-2010 03:41 PM

Dumb question but, why would the heat pump condensor fan be running when in heat mode?

paul52446m 12-14-2010 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by kok328 (Post 52134)
Dumb question but, why would the heat pump condensor fan be running when in heat mode?

I don't think thats a dumb question
at all and i am just dumb enough about heat pumps that i can't answer that
question. I am into furnaces and boilers. Maybe we have a heat pump tech in this group, if so its time for you to take over this thread!!! Paul

woodchuck 12-15-2010 07:50 AM

I'm not a heat pump tech but my house has a heat pump. The entire system runs whether it's cooling or heating. The heat is just the reverse of cooling. The fan pulls the outside air across the condenser to take the heat out of the air. Rain will freeze easy because of the cold air. Mine sets where a valley in the roof will drain water directly on the unit. I had trouble with it icing up until I put a cover about 3 feet above it to deflect the water and the rain that would normally hit it. It's enough clearance so that the fan can run normally. Our heat pump has been working in the 20 degree weather we've had the last several days but I think the back up heat comes on some especially to warm the house in the morning after the temp is set back 5 degrees overnight. I don't think I would use one up north with the number of days in the 20's is a lot more than we have in Alabama.

paul52446m 12-15-2010 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by woodchuck (Post 52153)
I'm not a heat pump tech but my house has a heat pump. The entire system runs whether it's cooling or heating. The heat is just the reverse of cooling. The fan pulls the outside air across the condenser to take the heat out of the air. Rain will freeze easy because of the cold air. Mine sets where a valley in the roof will drain water directly on the unit. I had trouble with it icing up until I put a cover about 3 feet above it to deflect the water and the rain that would normally hit it. It's enough clearance so that the fan can run normally. Our heat pump has been working in the 20 degree weather we've had the last several days but I think the back up heat comes on some especially to warm the house in the morning after the temp is set back 5 degrees overnight. I don't think I would use one up north with the number of days in the 20's is a lot more than we have in Alabama.

A condenser should not be put where water from a roof will run through it. That a good way to splash dirty water all over your house and too much water can change the eff. of the unit.
Be real careful putting a roof over a condenser, make sure it high enough so as not to recycle the air through it instead of using new air. Later Paul

kok328 12-15-2010 04:34 PM

Yea, heat pumps are not our specialty in MI. However, I do understand the basic theory in that there is a reversing valve so that the heat is now across the evap coils and the cool is across the condensor coils. I guess it makes sense now that the outdoor air temp would hopefuly be warmer than the condensor coils in heat mode and this is what will disapate the cool to keep it from freezing up.
However, to install a heat pump unit in OH is just plain nuts.

tkerston 12-17-2010 05:38 AM

Paul52446m, Thank you for the wax suggestion...I intend to try that!! Thank you all for your responses!! Obviously, heat pumps are not ideal for our region, however they are what the developer used in construction in our 3 1/2 year old condos and I am afraid we are stuck with them for awhile : (. I really do appreciate all the responses and suggestions!!

Tracey


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