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    compressor failure pics

    here is some pics from failed compressor's it shows the damage typs cool stuff
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    excellent pics.... now if only they made clear shells for the compressors...lol

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    good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPJ13 View Post
    excellent pics.... now if only they made clear shells for the compressors...lol
    somebody thought those magjumpers were a joke too. Capitalize, get rich!

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    fire ants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvac wiz 79 View Post
    fire ants?
    I like that one too!!! You'd actually be surprised how many electrical failures are caused by insects though!!

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    Ok, call my silly....

    How do you get sand in the crankcase?
    What did fireants actually do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freemind View Post
    Ok, call me silly....

    How do you get sand in the crankcase?
    What did fireants actually do?
    Sand in a system? Howzabout some lazy installers who don't cap or crimp off the lineset after doing a rough-in on a new house?

    Don't laugh. I canned a couple of installers several years ago, when I discovered that they did 3 commercial split system installs with rigid copper, and didn't take the plugs out of the ends of the copper sticks on the liquid line....

    Fire ants get into everything and anything electrical. Contactors are a favorite target, as are outdoor recepticles.

    Never saw one until I moved to Texas in '77.....about 3 am one night, Dad wakes me up and says: "get up boy, the air quit working".....So we go outside in our jammies with flashlights and tools, and take the cover off the condensing unit, and voila !!

    Never seen anything like it before then.

    Now, replacing a contactor because of fire ants is as common as adding refrigerant or washing a condenser.
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

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    So do the fire ants just short things out?

    I have never really dealt with any fire ants so I guess I am not sure what they are capable of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoatMechanicMatt View Post
    So do the fire ants just short things out?

    I have never really dealt with any fire ants so I guess I am not sure what they are capable of.
    They typically get in between the contacts in a contactor, and zzzzzzt....contacts won't make, and the ants get fried.....then their friends drop by for the same treatment.

    Around here, we use wasp spray in the contactor area to get rid of them and keep them out.....some guys also use cattle tags (the orange ones), tied to the whip or thermostat wiring.

    What's really wild, is when you find them in an RTU, and you're standing there wondering why in the hell they're way up HERE !!
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

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    you ever get bit by one?

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    Your fire ants our like our ladybugs.

    I just replaced my own contactor last week after getting a ladybug between the contacts and somehow burning out the coil?

    They were packed in the electrical compartment in the heatpump.
    UA LU189

    10mm, because it's better than .45acp

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvac wiz 79 View Post
    you ever get bit by one?

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    More times than I care to remember.

    I can remember an incident years ago, my middle son was still in diapers....I was in the driveway writing up the day's tickets in my truck, while he wandered around the yard.

    Suddenly, I got that "feeling" that only a parent can know.....I threw down my clipboard and jumped out of the truck and there he was, stepping on a mound of them.....I grabbed him up and raked them off before he got a bite one....

    Twilight Zone stuff....
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

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