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Repair-man:
For years, we technicians have used a variety of methods to thaw out a frozen evaporator coil in order to restore cooling and replace components. The most common methods are with a hair dryer or a professional heat gun. While these are time-proven methods, I have discovered a new way to thaw these coils without making any mess, and this method cuts down the thaw time in half:

I use a hand-held steam generator, found at Target and Wal-mart stores for under $40. This thing uses 1 pint of water and is ready in 2 minutes. It power-steams the ice instantly off of the coils in a cloud of vapor, and there is no water runoff produced. The ice is evaporated! Takes about 2-3 minutes to remove the ice from the most severely clogged coils. I highly recommend this as a time-saver on your service calls.

AJ:
I really need to pick one of these up and give it a try.

BrntToast:
i got mine a lil while back, it really cuts down on the thaw times, and for frozen internal drain lines like the LG where they freeze a foot down the tube nothing beats it cause not only is it very hot but pressurized so she just blasts down there

the one down side, up here in winter its a pain cause i have to rinse it with RV antifreeze after every use or it'll freeze solid overnight and crack

Repair-man:
Hey Brnt...I don't recall giving you permission to use my Avatar, but, hey...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)

Big Dave:

--- Quote from: Repair-man on February 28, 2008, 09:50:02 AM ---For years, we technicians have used a variety of methods to thaw out a frozen evaporator coil in order to restore cooling and replace components. The most common methods are with a hair dryer or a professional heat gun. While these are time-proven methods, I have discovered a new way to thaw these coils without making any mess, and this method cuts down the thaw time in half:

I use a hand-held steam generator, found at Target and Wal-mart stores for under $40. This thing uses 1 pint of water and is ready in 2 minutes. It power-steams the ice instantly off of the coils in a cloud of vapor, and there is no water runoff produced. The ice is evaporated! Takes about 2-3 minutes to remove the ice from the most severely clogged coils. I highly recommend this as a time-saver on your service calls.

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What is the brand and model number of the one you have

I wanna buy a suitable one for our our purposes. No water run off and twice as fast-Almost too good to be true.



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