Trane XL16i Airconditioner

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Old 10-18-07, 10:06 AM
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Trane XL16i Airconditioner

I've just installed a new Trane XL16i airconditioner and have a question about maintenance. We have about 7 cottonwood trees on our property and during the month of June it's like a late snow has hit with all of the fluff from the trees. With my old AC it was easy to turn the system off and just brush the exposed coils to remove the fuzz. My new Trane AC has a metal grill covering the coils and the coils themselves have a spike like covering that wouldn't do well with a brush (even if I could get at them directly). Thinking about the next AC season I was pondering a few options to keep the system clean:

1) Take of the top, remove the sides and vacum once a week (time consuming )

2) Keep the unit together and just use a shop vac through the slits in the metal grill and vacum that way (better

3) Wrap the grill with fine netting (like the kind in a screen window) and just remove and shake, best?

How do these options sound, or does anyone out there have a better suggestion?

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Old 10-18-07, 03:37 PM
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Gotta Love those cotton seed trees! I got them in my neighborhood as well!

I burn mine off when it gets bad, About the only way to clean that style of coil.

You could do the screen if you want till the worst is over.
 
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Gotta Love those cotton seed trees! I got them in my neighborhood as well!

I burn mine off when it gets bad, About the only way to clean that style of coil.

You could do the screen if you want till the worst is over.
Burn them off? How do you do that
 
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Old 10-18-07, 09:07 PM
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This was on a friend's unit.

I looked under the louver and saw it was full of cottonwood seed. Ran home and got the tool box.




Got the Torch out and started burning her away.






Took the garden hose and flush her down.




Start to finish took me half hour. You just take a torch, and set it on a soft flame just enough to burn off the cotten wood
 
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Thanks!!

Thanks for the tip.

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Old 10-19-07, 06:35 AM
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LIke I said go over the coil just enough to burn the cottenwood, so you don't burn the coil.

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Old 10-19-07, 11:24 AM
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Might also try a water hose on the coil Wash from the inside to the outside. I like that screen idea just keep it clean. Here we fight oak pollen all the time . It goes right through a screen. So we have to wash the units out with the hose all the time.
 
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