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  1. #1
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    Wire tracer/toner ideas

    Im sure theres something out there for this, but Im looking for something cheap that I can put on an indoor unit, and be able to identify which condenser belongs to it.

    Have run into several situations this summer already with apartments/businesses that have a row of condensers and its a guessing game which belongs to what unit. Appreciate any points in the right direction.

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    Why Cheap?

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    Don’t need another 3 400 dollar tool. Just something simple I can put on controlwire indoors and be able to locate which condenser it’s powering outdoors.

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    Spend the dollars and get quality!

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    Okay, suggestions?

    Like I said I’m not checking data lines etc, etc, just a basic toner/tracer, maybe cheap wasn’t the right wording.

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    Wire the low voltage wires together and do a continuity test. Total cost =$0 just lots of time. When you figure it out mark the apartment # on the outdoor unit.

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    A simple continuity test is the best way. You gotta go from the air handler to the outdoor unit anyway. Especially easy if there are spare wires on the wire going to the outdoor unit. If these are heat pumps, I put it in heating mode in the summer time then jump out the RV at the unit or vice versa in the winter.

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    Well when your in an apartment complex on second floor, and then have to go thru access hole in hallway on third floor, thru attic, then scuttle hole in attic to roof and there’s 6 condensers in a row all identical, it’s a little more flustrating. I’ll keep searching and fig something out.

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    Are there spare wires? A cheap wire toner from harbor freight even would work for that.

    No spares? Cheapest live circuit tracer I know of is the Triplett fox & hound 3388

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    Couldnt you just turn the breaker off at the panel and check the disconnect? Seems like the fastest way and a positive ID.

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    https://www.techtoolsupply.com/Elect...rmt-nf-820.htm

    Never used it but it has a couple of reviews.

    I have ordered several times from that website with no issues.

    Sent from my SM-G965W using Tapatalk

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    Get a wire tracer like low voltage/phone company uses. Simple works well I have used ones made by fluke and they are relatively inexpensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfectionist View Post
    Couldn’t you just turn the breaker off at the panel and check the disconnect? Seems like the fastest way and a positive ID.
    Thats about a 20 minute process or longer in some apartment complexes.
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