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Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« 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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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2008, 12:28:43 PM »
I really need to pick one of these up and give it a try.
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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2008, 06:23:32 PM »
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
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2008, 06:36:37 PM »
Hey Brnt...I don't recall giving you permission to use my Avatar, but, hey...imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)
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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2008, 07:51:19 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.



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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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2008, 11:02:46 AM »
Your dog looks a lot like Vin Diesel...

The steamer is made by Euro-Pro and the model is called the Shark #S-3210. Go to www.sharkcompany.com to enquire.

Here's a couple of my puppies:
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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2008, 07:24:05 PM »
nice puppys ;D
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« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2008, 07:28:35 PM »
Yeah, poor kid...she hasn't seen her own feet in 2 years. You can always spot her children in a crowd...they're the one's with stretch marks around their lips   ;D
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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2008, 05:16:46 AM »
repair-man   my appologies if i did rape the avatar from your site, but i have had it for many years on the net

did you make it or find it on the net same as i did?

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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2008, 05:43:21 AM »
That's basically the one I have, although mine included a long hose and a few other attachements that I wouldn't use unless I was pressing someone's drapes. Regarding the avatar, I have had that in my website logo since 1999. Don't remember where I got it, maybe from MS Office pics files somewhere along the line. Again, feel free to use it, although it may be confusing to associate 2 different techs with the same avatar.
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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2008, 05:44:58 AM »
i'd go with blaming microsoft too, they are the root of all that is evil
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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2008, 05:46:45 AM »
but i REALLY think it goes well with my nickname so if you dont mind the confusion i'm stickin with it
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Re: Quicker de-icing of frozen coils
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2008, 05:48:11 AM »
i use the long hose thingy, mine has it too, that way my head aint in there with the steam
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2008, 06:40:15 AM »
The cartoon below was drawn of me by one of my more artistic customers, and was presented to me upon my return visit to install a timer. If I could shrink it enough, it would make a great avatar:
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