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Condensers Types - Should I Flush or Replace?

scusack71 on Sun June 05, 2011 1:52 PM User is offline

Just curious as to which types of condensers should be flushed rather than replaced. Is there only two types (flat tube and circular pipe)? I have a 96 Grand Am with what looks to have two continuous flat tube passages from entry to exit, whereas my 99 Intrepid condenser has flat tube construction but all tubes appear to be parrellel going from a vertical pipe on the left and vertical pipe on the left. However, the entry and exit points of the condensor are both on the passenger side vertical pipe. Is this as it appears or is this condenser the same type as my Grand Am.

I thought there was a rule of thumb for flush vs replacement. I had already flushed my Intrepid condenser with my HECAT Pulsator and seemed to flush good (for my first condenser didn't seem to have any restriction), but wasn't sure if replacement was necessary.... or for both of them for that matter. Thank you

TRB on Sun June 05, 2011 5:26 PM User is offlineView users profile

Hecat has a good tech paper in the flushing forum.

Personal opinion. Most parallel flow condensers are hard to flush unless you use an expensive piece of equipment like the H1000. Again Karl can go into more detail as he is the expert. With a parallel design, the flushing fluid with follow the path of least resistance. So if 1 of 4 chambers is blocked. The flush will flow through them and not the one with debris. Leading one to believe he has a flushed condenser.


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scusack71 on Sun June 05, 2011 8:12 PM User is offline

Thank you... for the cost of a new one almost seems like cheap insurance. That's how I feel I guess. Just needed to know for sure the risk.

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