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    So...how do YOU clean spiney fin Condensors when theres no water around ?

    I think Spiney Fins Condensors are the worse invention ever in our Trade. They should be outlawed . What method have you found works best when water isnt available ? Special brushes ? Compressed air ? Other ?

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    Hard to believe it but,a torch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler View Post
    Hard to believe it but,a torch.
    burn it off. I hear ya.

    Actually, the spine fin coil is the best invention for down this way near the beach. They outlast any other style coil in the corrosive salt air.

    As far as no water.......find some. Where are you working that you can't get water???
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    Twilli says freon
    No Heat No Cool You need Action Fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by twilli3967 View Post
    Twilli says freon

    Mr. Bill says reverse condenser fan motor.
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    Twilli says of course it has to be grandfathered
    No Heat No Cool You need Action Fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by IbeDavid View Post
    I think Spiney Fins Condensors are the worse invention ever in our Trade. They should be outlawed . What method have you found works best when water isnt available ? Special brushes ? Compressed air ? Other ?
    ok ube david

    what method do you use to clean a non-spine fin coil when water is not available?

    spiney fin or regular fin;

    when water is not available, i bring plenty of 5 gallon buckets of water to the jobsite, and an electric water pump, then go to town



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    Quote Originally Posted by iraqveteran View Post
    burn it off. I hear ya.

    Actually, the spine fin coil is the best invention for down this way near the beach. They outlast any other style coil in the corrosive salt air.

    As far as no water.......find some. Where are you working that you can't get water???
    They outlast any type of coated coil.

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    Torch it!
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    Just use your pump sprayer or blast it with nitrogen

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    Hmm

    Quote Originally Posted by Airmechanical View Post
    ok ube david

    what method do you use to clean a non-spine fin coil when water is not available?

    spiney fin or regular fin;

    when water is not available, i bring plenty of 5 gallon buckets of water to the jobsite, and an electric water pump, then go to town



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    REPLY: I use a hand brush with stiff plastic brittles on flat vertical fins . Trane and Carrier spiney fin Condensors are virtually impossible to clean using a brush 'IF' they are accessible at all because some of the panels are not removable on many of thier units. Personally, i dont think much of Carrier or Trane residental a/c's and I think the Public has been thoroughly duped on thinking its so much better than other competing brands. And I especially think its a nerve when a Trane Wholesaler bills you a seperate Trane marketing charge on the invoice amounting to $42 ; my Trane Wholesaler is already gouging me on the price because im not part of the Trane Cheerleading Squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IbeDavid View Post
    REPLY: I use a hand brush with stiff plastic brittles on flat vertical fins . Trane and Carrier spiney fin Condensors are virtually impossible to clean using a brush 'IF' they are accessible at all because some of the panels are not removable on many of thier units. Personally, i dont think much of Carrier or Trane residental a/c's and I think the Public has been thoroughly duped on thinking its so much better than other competing brands. And I especially think its a nerve when a Trane Wholesaler bills you a seperate Trane marketing charge on the invoice amounting to $42 ; my Trane Wholesaler is already gouging me on the price because im not part of the Trane Cheerleading Squad.
    Actually, all the panels can be removed. You have to know what you are doing to do it.

    So, Mr. Brand Basher........why exactly don't you like to 2 top selling brands?

    Trane Marketing charge....never heard of it.
    I fully support the military and the War on Terrorism.


    If you don't know, then don't do. If you don't know and still do, then be prepared to pay someone else a lot to undo what you did and then do it right.

    If you do know, then do. But do it right. Otherwise, you may not be doing it long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IbeDavid View Post
    REPLY: I use a hand brush with stiff plastic brittles on flat vertical fins . Trane and Carrier spiney fin Condensors are virtually impossible to clean using a brush 'IF' they are accessible at all because some of the panels are not removable on many of thier units.
    those flat panel coils need to be washed out with water also, the dust between the fins you are not getting keeps the head pressure high, it may lower it but not to "clean" coil low. As far as the spine fin condensers not being more efficient, they are and the reason why is the surface area of the fins, and being aluminum it dissipates heat quicker. Have never seen a flat fin coil able to cool with 12 yrs of MN cottonwood seed on it without being rinsed off in all that time. I could not even see the spines!! I was called out because it was 100 degrees out and "it isn't cooling as well as it used too"

    Head pressure wasn't even tripping it off yet(close though) never seen a flat coil get that dirty and still work.
    You can't fix stupid

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