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Old 06-10-2005, 05:46 AM   #1
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2 weeks ago a strong thunderstorm passed over my house. The storm had some high winds and pea size hail. While cleaning the roof of my TT this week I noticed the fins on my A/C condenser are all bent up, probaly from the hail hitting thim being driven by the 60 mph+ winds. Is this going to interfear with the A/C's ability to cool properly? Do I need to try to straighten them?
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2 weeks ago a strong thunderstorm passed over my house. The storm had some high winds and pea size hail. While cleaning the roof of my TT this week I noticed the fins on my A/C condenser are all bent up, probaly from the hail hitting thim being driven by the 60 mph+ winds. Is this going to interfear with the A/C's ability to cool properly? Do I need to try to straighten them?
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Old 06-10-2005, 08:57 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune. If the fins are bent to the point that they restrict the airflow between them, you should straighten them. The airflow between the fins carries away the heat, and if that is restricted the performance will suffer. Too much restriction can also cause the air conditioner to have excessive pressure on the high pressure side and will shut down.

The simplest way to straighten the fins is to purchase a HVAC fin "straightener" It's basically a comb with teeth on differnent spaces to match your AC condensor. By running the comb through the fins you can straighten them fairly quickly

There available in plastic for about 6 bucks or metal for a little more money.

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Joe-K the little device you have shown is called a "fin comb".

A word of caution, the aluminum fins are soft and will tear easily. You may need to use a plastic knife to get some of them started and just work your way down slowly.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by TXiceman:
Joe-K the little device you have shown is called a "fin comb".

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Thanks Ken! I knew it had a technical name and could only think of "thing-i-ma-jig"
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Thanks for the advice. I will get up on the roof and try to straighten the fins before we leave for the rally this Saturday.

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To prevent future damage from hail, install some 1/4" hardware cloth in front of the coils or buy a premade guard.
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.......galvanized wire and aluminum fins dont go well together very long....get the small plastic small egg crate varity at an HVAC store....about $6.00 a roll enough to do 10 unites.....geofkaye
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I have the hardware cloth mounted about an inch in front of the fins. They do not touch each other. The hardware cloth mounts to the inside lip of the plastic shrowd of the AC
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I got them straightened out. They were so bent I had to use my pocket knife down each row. It took about 2 hours thank goodness it still works. Now I can look for a fin comb to finsh the job.

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