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Ordered New Condenser. Safe to use its attached Drier?

HereGoesNuthin! on Sat July 14, 2012 1:53 PM User is offlineView users profile

This is probably a dumb question but I thought I'd ask for my own peace of mind. I decided to order a new condenser to swap out when I replace the a/c compressor on my vehicle. (Since effectively flushing the parallel flow style condenser on my vehicle basically can't be done).

This new condenser came with a receiver drier installed. Is it safe to go ahead and use this drier or should I still replace with a new one? I guess I'm just a little skeptical that this one has been protected and is moisture free since it's probably been sitting on a shelf for months. There's just two rubber plugs to cap off the ports where the lines install into the condenser. Does the factory vacuum out air and cap these off when they install the receiver/drier assembly? Or do they just let the new receiver/drier installed on the condenser dry out the moisture in the air present in the assembly and the rubber plugs are supposed to prevent any more air and moisture from entering?

Any expert opinions on whether it's ok to use the receiver/drier installed on this condensor? I guess perhaps I'm being paranoid...since on many of the receiver/driers I've seen from auto parts places are protected only by a strip of metal tape?
Thanks for any input!

Edited: Sat July 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM by HereGoesNuthin!

TRB on Sat July 14, 2012 5:15 PM User is offlineView users profile

Depending on supplier I think you should be OK with the drier.


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ezautoac on Thu October 04, 2012 11:01 PM User is offline

Remember, they don't make those dryers only to take them back on warranty because the dryer is (wet). I would assume its ok.

iceman2555 on Fri October 05, 2012 2:51 PM User is offlineView users profile

Providing the new condenser was sealed, the desiccant bag should be ok. If the condenser was not sealed...I would return the condenser for replacement....never know what materials maybe in the 'new' condenser. By the way this is no longed called a 'rec/drier' it is now called a modulator......accumulators have a new name.....dehydrators.......

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lisamartin79 on Tue December 11, 2012 4:00 AM User is offlineView users profile

This advanced receiver-drier from Vintage Air has the pressure safety switch .even if not as critical as the condenser; the receiver drier is a liquid storage space tank for the refrigerant coming from the condenser. This insures that the necessary liquid refrigerant is consistently supplied, the receiver-drier benefits from a constant air flow and it actually takes to put an in-dash A/C system in a car that never came with it. The Receiver Drier is fitted on the high pressure liquid line of an air conditioning system between the Condenser and Expansion Device.

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