possible frozen coil but a/c unit fan outside comes on only when set to 'cool'
I recently turned my air conditioning on but within a week or two it has stopped working. It started off working fine, then it seemed to be working at half capacity, and now no air blows from the vents. After reading a few other forum posts I think it might be that air flow became restricted because there was no filter on the air intake vent (oops!) and the coil may have frozen up. I've read that in order to fix this you should just run the fan only for a few hours to thaw out the coil. Problem is the fan does not come on unless it's also set to 'cool'. Maybe I'm just not understanding the controls properly, which would be awesome. There are two control switches on the thermostat: one that is marked FAN and can be set to ON or AUTO and one that is marked SYSTEM and can be set to COOL, OFF or HEAT. And then of course there's the little switch/lever thing to choose a temperature. The only time I can hear/see the fan in the unit outside come on is if the themostat is set to system: cool and a temperature that is pretty low (it doesn't matter if fan is set to auto or on). But like I said, that just gets the fan outside going and no air actually comes through the vents. And unless I am misunderstanding, I believe the way to thaw the coil is by having the FAN: ON and SYSTEM: OFF, right? Thanks for any help you can offer! I hope this was descriptive enough!