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Old 01-11-13, 12:33 AM   #51
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Well this project has gone down the crapper as far as I'm concerned. Today I got around to removing the metal supports from the sides of the coils... and managed to puncture the copper. Looks like this project is over. I don't have the money to buy all the equipment to recharge this. I think I'll just cut it apart and cap off the compressor ends at this point. Maybe I can use it in the future for a hot tub heat pump with a larger evap, a reversing valve, TXV, and tube in shell condenser.


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Old 01-11-13, 11:20 AM   #52
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Well this project has gone down the crapper...
Give yourself credit for what you learned here.

And next time you won't be starting from zero.


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Old 01-11-13, 04:35 PM   #53
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I know it sucks when things don't go your way, but don't give up just yet. You can probably get this unit going again for 20 bucks or less. All you need is a can of mapp gas ($8), a can of propane($3), a blowtorch head, and an access valve($2-20). The rest you can make or borrow. It just depends on your tenacity. But at least you know everything you have now works, it just needs a little tlc. And like ac said, if you are throwing the towel in on this one, now you have that many more spare parts. That's where my vacuum pump/recovery unit came from (a refrigerator condensor unit turned into a space heater, outdoor oil drum of glycol chiller. Worked great until my wife slammed the window on the lineset...she thought it was exploding! priceless...). It now spends its working hours recycling valuable refrigerant for me. And that little space heater project taught me that I could do this sort of project, and that it isn't all just magic inside the box. From the ideas you have been entertaining, I believe you too can see what is within reach.

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