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  1. #14
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    Did it have a proper service disconnect, pullout or fused? That could have been so worse..

  2. #15
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    Burning lint from the coil and it got out of hand but no one will admit it.
    Saddle Up!

  3. #16
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    He thought it was a grill

  4. #17
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    These really bum me out. Friday I replaced a 2yr old Goodman 2.5Ton 16 Seer Heat pump the home owner had shot with a 12 gauge. Said he had a raccoon attacking him. Shot and heard a hissing sound. From the size of the hole in the side of the condenser i imagine it was a huge white cloud. Now I am kicking myself for not snapping a picture of the carnage.

  5. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by pas1216 View Post
    Even without proper maintenance the unit shouldn't have caught fire!
    I agree.........Something is fishy here. Who put out the fire? HO? Fire dept? if the FD, Did they determine a cause? Looking at the burned ground around it, I would bet it was a brush fire, the unit was on and the fan sucked the flames in and shot them through the top. I could be wrong, but I have seen many units blow compressors out and spray oil out in the unit and never ignite. I would call trane and let them check it out. Who knows, if it was indeed the unit, trane may give ya a new one, although fat chance Just my opinion.

  6. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    It's a shame you feel that way. You're blaming Trane? The fact the customer is a moron doesn't matter to you. According to the OP, looks like maintenance was not performed in years. Your saying Trane needs to idiot proof their equipment? Sad thing is the homeowner would probably win something in a lawsuit from the Mfg and the installer.
    I think it's funny when somebody posts with "It's Hard to Stop a Trane." I don't think anyone thinks it's Trane's fault. The problems are almost 99% customer or installer related. The fan motor probably caught on fire and didn't trip the breaker or fuses because something was done wrong.
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    Thats amazing it's hard to stop a Trane it's also hard to start one , Im a technician not a magician.
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    After a while you realize that while you are getting
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    Looks more like the neighbors window was covered with reflective film, concentrating the suns rays on the vinyl siding causing it to ignite, dripping burning vinyl on the plastic top and causing the fire.
    Hope the neighbor has good insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allstar08 View Post
    The fan motor probably caught on fire and didn't trip the breaker or fuses because something was done wrong.
    Something like no circuit breaker and one of those fancy all copper fuses

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    It's a shame you feel that way. You're blaming Trane? The fact the customer is a moron doesn't matter to you. According to the OP, looks like maintenance was not performed in years. Your saying Trane needs to idiot proof their equipment? Sad thing is the homeowner would probably win something in a lawsuit from the Mfg and the installer.
    Fire suppresion systems in condensers from now on. Mandated by the gov-ment.
    We had them in our portable systems. Plastic tubing sealed with nitrogen. Fire melts tge tubing and that trigered this huge halon bottle.

    Good tmes crawling through the unit and have that tubing catck on your belt loop.

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    I wonder if Trane is going to increase clearances?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKopp View Post
    I wonder if Trane is going to increase clearances?
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    Nice One

    It's a WeatherGaurd top not an IdiotGaurd top.

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