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    Sounds like an innovation for the Binford 5000 capacitor add on cooling fins. LOL
    Aircraft Mechanical Accessories Technician. The Air Force changed the job title to Air Craft Environmental Systems Technician. But I've decided I'll always be a Mech Acc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MechAcc View Post
    Sounds like an innovation for the Binford 5000 capacitor add on cooling fins. LOL
    Or a heat exchanger system using the suction line

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    Or to keep the heat out of the electrical panel to start with. The units that catch a good amount of sun seem to be the worst offenders. Some of those that have been off all day have caps that are almost too hot to handle when you open up the unit. Has to be IR causing that, plus the fact that there's very little openings in most electrical panels for the heat to dissipate via convection.
    I'm wondering if a $4 can of spray foam around the outside part of the electrical panel might work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glennhvac View Post
    Or a heat exchanger system using the suction line
    there you go!. Charge the unit so it sweats back to the compressor, tape the cap to the suction line at the compressor and in addition to the cool line it would be water cooled!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironpit View Post
    there you go!. Charge the unit so it sweats back to the compressor, tape the cap to the suction line at the compressor and in addition to the cool line it would be water cooled!
    And the water could also serve as a bleed resistor when it dribbles over the cap taps...

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    we're on to something. I can tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironpit View Post
    we're on to something. I can tell!
    Heck yes! Speaking of that what ever happened to that gadget I thought I heard of years ago to heat domestic water with the residential a/c unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glennhvac View Post
    Heck yes! Speaking of that what ever happened to that gadget I thought I heard of years ago to heat domestic water with the residential a/c unit.
    dunno. But speaking of hot water: We're wacthing the end of a movie last night around 11:30 - both tired and ready for bed. The fire/burglar alarm starts chirping and then goes off blaring. The thing is loud and I have to get my firearms ear plugs I still keep in my night stand from when our kids were teenagers. I rip off the cover off the alarm as I can't stop the thing at the door interface and rip apart a red wire and stop it.

    I was BQing earlier so I check the grill - nothing. I go down stairs to the main alarm panel in the utility room to discover the rust spot on the water heater expansion tank had ruptured and was spraying a fine mist all over the alarm panel.

    Emergency service call at midnight in my own home. Valve to tank not functioning, shut off main, lucky to have 3/4 plug on truck. Temp fix done in 20 minutes - all the while the wife whinning "what are you doing - can we go to bed now...?"

    As annoying as it was, I can't help but be grateful: As little as 18-24 months ago I would have been clueless as to what that barrell looking thing on the side of the water heater even was, and would have had to live without water until a plumber showed up so I could give him a bunch of money to fix it.

    This trade comes in handy at times. Off to the Depot in a bit for a new tank.

    I'm sure the wife will recognize my hero status shortly. If not I'm buying some tools with the money I saved her.

    I know, I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurtinhvac View Post
    And the water could also serve as a bleed resistor when it dribbles over the cap taps...
    And if it rubs a hole in the pipe when the unit vibrates, it would be gas cooled - for a while.

    But if you flatten out the pipe, you'd get more heat transfer, and it wouldn't rub through it as bad.

    OR you could turn it into a GROUND SOURCE capacitor by burying it in the ground. Just hope Fido don't dig it up lookin for his bone.

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    We shouldn't talk like this. Being an open forum, some DIY might steal our ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironpit View Post
    We shouldn't talk like this. Being an open forum, some DIY might steal our ideas.
    If they did, we'd hear about it pretty quick,, on the news.

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    china and mexico parts are ruining america

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    Quote Originally Posted by eraserlew View Post
    china and mexico parts are ruining america

    That's why we have to STOP the EPA from making it virtually impossible to make things here.
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