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    cleaning condensers

    Has anybody got a good trick for blowing out condensers , espeacially on self contained units, where the dust is contained instead of blowing all over the kitchen or where ever you are? I use co2 and a wet towel over the back of the condenser but still it doesnt do an adequate job of containg the dust. A vacuume don't work either.Who out there has a good way. Also thanks to all for the help on the freezer. we are gaining, got er down and holding 8'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoofbeat View Post
    Has anybody got a good trick for blowing out condensers , espeacially on self contained units, where the dust is contained instead of blowing all over the kitchen or where ever you are? .

    Nope,, gotta blow that dust all over. Only way.

    Well, at home I use a small bottle brush. Then blow the heck out of it with my air compresser and tell the wife to cover anything she does'nt want covered in dust

    PS, I tried a vacuum cleaner once,, but it took more than 5 mins, so I blew that sucker out!

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    The pharmacies I do, I use the brush, then nitro with a vacuum trying to suck the crap out of the air.

    I didn't say it worked the best...but that's what I do.

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    Use a damp rag behind the condenser, then the dust will mostly cling to it.
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    ummmm....


    maybe I've lost my mind but I don't encounter these problems at all....
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    What I do -

    Take a shop vac in and set the hose near the compressor and fan motor. Cover the whole unit, except for the condenser inlet, with a large wet towel or cotton tarp. Turn on the shop vac and blow out the condenser with 150 lb. nitrogen pressure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iraqveteran View Post
    maybe I've lost my mind
    I'm going with that.

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    cleaning condensers

    I have used a product called blowout it is pretty expensive works good but has apretty bad smell.


    mike r

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    I found the one that I currently use at harbor freight tools. I have seen them other places.

    I tried making one, but didn't get the restriction right to create a venturi and created a mess when the co2 flow went into the bucket rather than into the condenser. WHOOPS!

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    Sorry, but I was using my BB earlier, here is a link to what I am talking about.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3953

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    I always use Viper coil cleaner comes in a can and then rise it out useing a water bottle works real good even on greese made for kitchens and food here is a link to what it looks like.

    http://rtxs.com/xcart/product.php?pr...cat=112&page=1
    Last edited by canman13; 10-09-2008 at 04:38 PM.

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    nothing beats hot water ,nothing, i never used co2 inside have a great weekend stan
    Keep it simple to keep it cool!

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    Try this....
    Last edited by jpsmith1cm; 05-08-2012 at 05:59 AM. Reason: Removed link to advertising site.

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