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Old 07-18-2014, 03:28 AM   #1
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hit seized compressor with 2x4 when and where?


How much impact can the compressor shell withstand?

If you hit it hard enough to mangle the metal, can it explode and send shrapnel flying?

Do you hit it while the cooling is turned on, or when the system is off?
and where do you hit it?
Is the top rounded edge ok, shown with arrow below....

btw, my compressor is a Bristol



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Old 07-18-2014, 04:30 AM   #2
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Generally hit it while its trying to start. I use a rubber mallet.

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I concur with beenthere about the rubber mallet, but I always try a hard start kit first.
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Be prepared to buy a new compressor or Condensing unit. Once they stick I guarantee you they will stick again. So even if you free it it's temporary.
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From what I hear about Bristol, better off hitting it with a truck.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:23 PM   #6
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I never heard of this before. So how long does a typical unit run after it's been "unseized" with a mallet? Is this just to get you by for a few days in hot weather before a replacement can be installed or is it a longer term fix?

BTW, those fins look pretty plugged up, would that cause overheating of compressor that could lead to seizing?
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How long it last, varies by the unit.

Over heating can thin the oil and cause it to seize. So can lack of oil return.
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Not likely it will last long. Hard start kit usually gets you 1 more year of life in my experience. Bristol I would not even waste a hard start kit on.

You also may end up with a burnt out compressor and acid in the system. If you want to re-use the Freon lines then you got one he*ll of a mess and expense to clean up. I would replace that unit B4 all that happens ( now ).

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