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  1. #1
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    Trane copper / aluminum soldering

    Condenser leaking at robot joint
    copper to alumiinum.
    someone said Trane has a repair for it.
    Lot's of you tube videos of people doing this in ideal situations.
    KIT-1146 or KIT-1147
    I'd like to hear a testimonial from someone who has done this repair in the field.
    For example
    Yes .. I had the problem and the condenser was filthy blah blah blah ..
    badda boom badda bing everything went fine ... fixed it in an hour no problems.. this is how wonderfully easy it was to repair it I only had to pump the system down once and then god stepped in making the weld for me.

    Should I just quote a new condenser or try to save the customer some money then find out this is a fairy tale and i'm on the hook because I said I could fix it?

    Things always look good on paper.

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis.Moore View Post
    Condenser leaking at robot joint
    copper to alumiinum.
    someone said Trane has a repair for it.
    Lot's of you tube videos of people doing this in ideal situations.
    KIT-1146 or KIT-1147
    I'd like to hear a testimonial from someone who has done this repair in the field.
    For example
    Yes .. I had the problem and the condenser was filthy blah blah blah ..
    badda boom badda bing everything went fine ... fixed it in an hour no problems.. this is how wonderfully easy it was to repair it I only had to pump the system down once and then god stepped in making the weld for me.

    Should I just quote a new condenser or try to save the customer some money then find out this is a fairy tale and i'm on the hook because I said I could fix it?

    Things always look good on paper.
    I would quote a new condenser.

  3. #3
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    If there's a leak in the ACTUAL CONNECTION the trane repair kit works great.

    If the leak is in the aluminum near the connection replace the whole condenser. A leak in the tubing itself means there are 10 more spots ready to pop a leak at any moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craig1 View Post
    If there's a leak in the ACTUAL CONNECTION the trane repair kit works great.

    If the leak is in the aluminum near the connection replace the whole condenser. A leak in the tubing itself means there are 10 more spots ready to pop a leak at any moment.
    My experience exactly.

    I always quote both ways, repair vs. replace coil. NO WARRANTY on the repair option.

  5. #5
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    It's always nice to get a second opinion on these types of things.
    thanks for your advice. I'll keep you posted :-)

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis.Moore View Post
    Condenser leaking at robot joint
    copper to alumiinum.
    someone said Trane has a repair for it.
    Lot's of you tube videos of people doing this in ideal situations.
    KIT-1146 or KIT-1147
    I'd like to hear a testimonial from someone who has done this repair in the field.
    For example
    Yes .. I had the problem and the condenser was filthy blah blah blah ..
    badda boom badda bing everything went fine ... fixed it in an hour no problems.. this is how wonderfully easy it was to repair it I only had to pump the system down once and then god stepped in making the weld for me.

    Should I just quote a new condenser or try to save the customer some money then find out this is a fairy tale and i'm on the hook because I said I could fix it?

    Things always look good on paper.
    These kits are compression fitting repair kits-not aluminum solder repair kits.
    KIT01146 is for 3/8" and KIT01147 is for 1/2".
    I've had good luck with them.

  7. #7
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    I actually just replaced the aluminum coil on a 19i today because of a leak. Luckilly for my customer it was under warranty. It is really easy to replace the coil so I say new coil.

  8. #8
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    Trane no longer offers aluminum solder repair kit, I've been told. I've had great luck flaring aluminum tube, if you have room.

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