Instructables

Removing heatsink from air conditioner?

I got an old (functional) AC lying around and before i get rid of it i tough i'll try to do something with it.

I tough about removing the heatsinks from the rear coil and cooling it with another copper tube with water pool flowing in.
This way i hope to achieve 2 things : incrase the eficiency of the AC by cooling it with another coil of cold water and heating my pool for free ( and hopefully with better and more constant results than the solar heater)

Since im'not HVAC certified, i'll have to remove the heat sinks pieces without removing the refregirant tubings.
Any tips on removing thoses?

Although how well it would work greatly depends on the size of your pool and the size of your air conditioner, leave the fins on and pass the pool water through the condenser rad as is. (The hot side of your AC)

If the condenser rad is like the rad in a car but made with aluminum fins you would have a better chance hitting the moon with a slingshot then removing the fins from the rad. You can try by cutting the fins down to the copper tube with tin snips and removing the fins one at a time but it will take a long time.

If the condenser rad is aluminum disks or aluminum fin wrapped around the tubing it isn't much better of a prospect. I have tried when salvaging copper and aluminum for cash.

I would put the condenser in a box and pump the pool water in the box on one side of the rad and out the other side of the box passing the water through the rad and back into the pool.

Joe

mpilchfamily3 months ago

Why remove the fins at all. You risk cracking or putting a hole in the evaporator coils. Put it into a container of water with another radiator in it that has the cool pol water pumping through it. You won't really see any marked improvement nor will the pool temp be affected much if at all. The water will be able to disipate the heat throughout and into the air faster than the system can pump heat in.