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  1. #1
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    Big Block of Ice

    Looking for ideas to thaw ice and replace a defective drain pan heater. Coil 20 ft in air. Pan a solid block of ice about 10ft long x 1ftwide x 6in deep . 0deg in room/warehouse. I need to get old heater out new one in. Have manlift to access.Drainline is ok

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    Cool

    Make sure the drain is clear...then get a hose with hot water (low
    water flow) and melt the ice.

    Oh, might want to round up a fork lift too.

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    Tap the bottom of the pan w/ 3lb hammer gently breaking the grip of the ice from the pan undo the union that is supposed to be on drain and lower pan. break out rest of ice w/ hammer then use hot water for balance. should take 2-4 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codgy View Post
    Tap the bottom of the pan w/ 3lb hammer gently breaking the grip of the ice from the pan undo the union that is supposed to be on drain and lower pan. break out rest of ice w/ hammer then use hot water for balance. should take 2-4 hours.
    Thats what i do i use the 3lb and hit a block of wood so i dont dent the pan then pull it out in pieces and melt the rest

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    Electric heat gun works great on melting ice on coils and pans.

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    Cut drain line or break union. Disconect heater. Drop drain pan, and take outside dump some buckets of hot water on it or run a hose.

    Might want to just blow the drain line out for the fun of it to... Would suck to have the drain plugg a week after you fixed the water leak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I've been tinkering with a small submersible pump in a large trash barrel with a short hose.

    Works OK.

    That's what we use as well.
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    Sooooo.....

    To get capacity of a pan in gallons change feet to inches and then multiply.....

    so 120'' ( 10 ' ) x 12'' x 6'' = 8,640

    Then you divide by 231 to get 37.4

    A gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs

    so that pan full of ice weighed 308 pounds......

    damn thats heavy

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    Thumbs up

    HOT water melts ice the best...
    In GOD We Trust

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    Never kick a lying dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillDuffy View Post
    Electric heat gun works great on melting ice on coils and pans.
    Electric heat guns on large coils don't work very well.Hot water is the ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I've been tinkering with a small submersible pump in a large trash barrel with a short hose.

    Works OK.
    Just saw this process this past week, thought it was very inovative, no hose across the sales floor. Thinking outside the box!
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