I have a small commercial refrigeration repair business in Atlanta. When I say small I mean, small maybe a call a week. I own 2 restaurants and took a refrigeration course about 5 years ago and loved it. They are in a small town outside Atlanta and I know a lot of owners and mostly just do their work. One of them called me to look at his ice machine, a 400lb old Manitowoc. Some years ago his service man relocated his condenser assembly in the basement for heat purposes. Unfortunately he located it right next to the grease trap. Never a problem till now. The trap clogged and overflowed on to the compressor about 3 weeks ago. He cleaned it up and went on his way. Everything still worked. Never knew any of this till he called me Friday Night to look at it. When I opened up the terminal box half the wires were melted and there was a hole in the terminal board. Compressor was fine and so were the capacitors. I cleaned everything up and replace the wires. I am assuming the grease caused the mess but I want to get him up and running. I never dealt with burning wires before let alone a hole on the terminal board. Heres the question:
Is the terminal board necessary to run the equipment. Can I run the wires together with wire nuts.