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    condenser coil cleaning

    I have heard from a local supplier that you should use a torch to burn off any cotton wood and stuff on the condenser coil and then rinse it with a hose. Is this something new I have never heard of this. Also I am in the commercial side of things and would that be something you would recommend for commercial equipment. Thanks in advance for any insite into this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moyerboy2 View Post
    I have heard from a local supplier that you should use a torch to burn off any cotton wood and stuff on the condenser coil and then rinse it with a hose. Is this something new I have never heard of this. Also I am in the commercial side of things and would that be something you would recommend for commercial equipment. Thanks in advance for any insite into this.
    You are joking, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ball a/c View Post
    You are joking, right?
    There are certain coils that are cleaned that way.
    They're the exception, not the rule though.

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    Yeah, thats true.
    I know a big corp here with some Mammoth RTUS. Some how the condensers are coated in small fibers from trees and plants. Not cotton but similar.
    The Mfg rep service guys flew in from Denver and said they can burn off the stuff and have done it before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler View Post
    There are certain coils that are cleaned that way.
    They're the exception, not the rule though.
    I wasn't concerned that they might be doing it in New York or Denver, but Houston, that too close to me. Are you sure that those yankees aren't trying to trick us again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ball a/c View Post
    I wasn't concerned that they might be doing it in New York or Denver, but Houston, that too close to me. Are you sure that those yankees aren't trying to trick us again.
    I'm not sure of anything, anymore.

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    Ya gotta keep in mind , how the flame on the torch is set up.
    It ain't for soldering.
    Personally, I've never done it this way, only heard of people doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler View Post
    Ya gotta keep in mind , how the flame on the torch is set up.
    It ain't for soldering.
    Personally, I've never done it this way, only heard of people doing it.
    45 years ago they told me to check for gas leaks with a match.
    That was exciting with propane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ball a/c View Post
    45 years ago they told me to check for gas leaks with a match.
    That was exciting with propane.
    Guess it was a small leak.

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    The supply house said to use a lazy flame on the end of the torch. I was just wondering if maybe this was the alternative for chemicals. Thought maybe the companies were trying to get away from using them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moyerboy2 View Post
    The supply house said to use a lazy flame on the end of the torch. I was just wondering if maybe this was the alternative for chemicals. Thought maybe the companies were trying to get away from using them.
    Most of the coils that you would clean with a flame, would be the spine fin type. But, not always.

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