Help bent fins on ac unit


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Old 05-12-03, 11:05 PM
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Help bent fins on ac unit

I accidently used my pressure washer to clean the outside of my central air unit . After one swipe I realized what I had done. I am now to scared to turn it on in fear I will burn it up. Is there a tool I can use to spread the fins back out? If so where would I buy one at. Any help would really be appreciated.
 
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Old 05-13-03, 05:09 AM
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Cathy:

You can purchase a fin comb at an a/c parts supply store or maybe even Home Depot.
You likely will have to use a small screw driver to pick at each fin to stand them up to their approximate position and then use the comb to even them out.
 
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Old 05-13-03, 09:14 AM
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FINS

The Home Depot down here in Fl. have the fin combs. Boy are you going to have fun. ED
 
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Old 05-14-03, 02:14 AM
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Boy are you going to have fun. ED

Have to agree with Ed. I have fooled with appliances for a little while now, mostly kitchen appliances and a few window units. I still do not seem to know how to properly use a fin comb. I ususally use a knife blade or small screw driver to carefully spread the fins out. Any tips on how to properly use a fin comb ro make the job look a little neater? The one I have has a thick handle with many tines on the end.
 
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Old 05-14-03, 05:11 AM
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That's the way it's done.

The fins have to be straightened out with a small pointy tool and the the comb will finish it up.

I agree it's a thankless job.
 
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Old 05-14-03, 05:27 AM
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be careful!

those fins will slice you good!
 
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Old 05-14-03, 04:18 PM
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forgot to say The combs gome in diff. counts. You do have to look and see the count of how many fins per inc" that you have on the unit. The best one I like is one that has the large like hook to it. this gets down deep in the fin and not so hard to use ED
 
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Old 05-16-03, 06:37 AM
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Thanks so much for the replies. Who wants to volunteer to do it for me?
 
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Old 05-16-03, 05:53 PM
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Cathy,

Might be a good job for a 13 year old budding mechanic.
Ten dollars might go a long way.
 
 

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