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Old 07-26-2016, 10:32 AM   #1
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Insulation of ac unit increases cooling?

In this thread (clicky) Murphie posted an interesting comment; so interesting, in fact, that it deserves its own thread so I took the liberty of posting Murphie's comment in this new thread.

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The guys over on the Forest River forum have done a mod on the AC. It is an interesting read and those who have done it claim it has help a lot. The have insulated one of the pipes and the condenser. If your AC can't keep up this is the mod for you. We have the 15 k btu AC and it cools our trailer fine. On real hot days we will set the AC on low and start it about an hour before needing it and it will not have to be turned up at all.
Here is a link to the thread that I think Murphie refers to: AC thread on Forest River Forum.

To Murphie and others, what do you folks think about this mod? If it actually makes a perceptible improvement in the cooling ability of my AC, I'm in favor of it. I think the mod has got to help, but just how much I don't know.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:24 AM   #2
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I saw that thread as well. I used to own a FR trailer and still lurk on that forum from time to time. I will be doing this to mine to see if any positive results can be had


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Old 07-26-2016, 11:33 AM   #3
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I saw Murphie's mention of that mod and went looking for it, but couldn't find it. Thank you to RVhiker for linking it here.

Tom, I'm interested in whether you see any improvement. Even if it is a slight improvement, it's worth the investment. I already have the reflectix and the pipe insulation sitting in my garage taking up space. I was planning to use it for some other insulation projects around the camper, but I'll hold some aside for this one.

I'm also pretty sure that I need to get into my vents and my air return and tape up some gaps, so I'll have the silver tape then as well!
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I've got the supplies in my garage as well. Going to do this before my week long trip this weekend. I will report my findings.


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Interesting. Would like to know "real world" findings on this. How does it work? Do you notice a dramatic difference? Will it damage any of the components over time? That sorta stuff...
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They do the same thin on your AC at your house. The insulation around the evaporator ( The big box) should keep cold air from escaping insuring all the air blows into the trailer. The insulation on the suction line to the compressor (the big copper line) keeps the refrigerant returning to the compressor cold which does two things. 1) The cold refrigerant cools the compressor windings. 2) Keeping the suction line from warming up also translates into lower discharge temp or head pressure leaving the compressor, which helps it run as efficiently as it can.

Also spraying/washing the outdoor coil with water removes dirt and debris keeping head pressure down. You should also wash the outdoor unit at your house once a year. Higher head pressures equal hotter gas which equals last cooling and more energy consumption.

If I need to clarify anything please let me know.
Hope that helps explain it.
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Well darn..now I'm thinking I need to do the same thing on Thursday when I go pick up the 5er and get it ready for travel to FL. Doesn't look like it should take more than 30 mins for both units. I'm game, I'll try it too.
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Well looks like this forum yet again sends me up the ladder, anything to improve the setup is worth a try. Stock is boring!
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You may be surprised how much dirt you get out of your home condensing units. Washing out condensers is part of our maintenance contracts. Some of the AC units that run year-round when we wash them out in the spring looks like chocolate milk running on the ground.

I'm curious to see if you notice any difference In the air temperature after you wash out the ones on the trailers. Give me a shout back and let me know what you think. More than likely they've never been done. That would be interesting to see what my refrigerant pressure gauges show before and after you get them washed. Just be sure not to use high pressure and don't spray from the side. You don't want to bend the aluminum fins over. Not very difficult of a maintenance item to do .
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They do the same thin on your AC at your house. The insulation around the evaporator ( The big box) should keep cold air from escaping insuring all the air blows into the trailer. The insulation on the suction line to the compressor (the big copper line) keeps the refrigerant returning to the compressor cold which does two things. 1) The cold refrigerant cools the compressor windings. 2) Keeping the suction line from warming up also translates into lower discharge temp or head pressure leaving the compressor, which helps it run as efficiently as it can.

Also spraying/washing the outdoor coil with water removes dirt and debris keeping head pressure down. You should also wash the outdoor unit at your house once a year. Higher head pressures equal hotter gas which equals last cooling and more energy consumption.

If I need to clarify anything please let me know.
Hope that helps explain it.
Makes sense to me! Give you 3 guesses to what will be my next mod, and the first 2 don't count!
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