Are There "Natural" Ways To Help Defrost My Condenser? - Ask The Expert Episode 306

Today's question is from Bill.

"Hey Dan. Is it ok to go outside and urinate on my mini split to help it defrost faster?"

No, that's not okay. Besides it possibly being illegal, urine is also corrosive. Using corrosive material on the copper coils will not be good for it.

Just get an extension cord and a blow dryer. Don't use it too close to the coils, but it will help melt the ice quickly, and it will be better for your condenser.

4 comments (view/add)
  • Tony Lee
    Tony Lee
    Posted on 5/10/2022

    Dan,
    One of my interior wall units freezes up every time I use the “dry” mode. It’s only one of the two units. The filters are cleaned regularly. Turning the wall unit off does not allow it to thaw, even with a hair dryer. It thaws fairly quickly after I turn the breaker off for the whole system. It also makes a big mess. Thank you for your help.

  • Rebekah Muller
    Rebekah Muller from Ingrams
    Posted on 5/18/2022

    Please give us a call at 270-575-9595.

  • Rhody Sav
    Rhody Sav
    Posted on 5/10/2022

    Hi Dan,

    The foam that is wrapped around my Mr. Cool mini-split coil outside behind the unit, is starting to crumble and fall off. The line from the house that goes down to the unit is covered with a plastic duct and should be OK, I hope. I've only had the unit for 2 winters. Is there a recommended replacement cover that will last longer. I'm in New England and have it running in the winter for heat too.

  • Rebekah Muller
    Rebekah Muller from Ingrams
    Posted on 5/11/2022

    You may want to give us a call at 270-366-0457, or contact the manufacturer regarding this.


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