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    Default Heat Pump damage

    Heat Pump had some damage to cooling fins. This was a new look to me. Anyone familiar with this phenomenon? Didn't appear to be impact. My client suggested a dog urinating on the appliance. Thanks for your feedback, Michael

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    Default Re: Heat Pump damage

    Quote Originally Posted by michael brown View Post
    Heat Pump had some damage to cooling fins. This was a new look to me. Anyone familiar with this phenomenon? Didn't appear to be impact. My client suggested a dog urinating on the appliance. Thanks for your feedback, Michael
    With 99% certainty, dog urine. My condenser looks identical. (yep, shame on me for letting the dog damage it, but in my feeble defense, I don't check on the condenser very often when the a/c is working fine.)

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    Default Re: Heat Pump damage

    Yep! Likely dog urine.


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    Default Re: Heat Pump damage

    Quote Originally Posted by michael brown View Post
    Heat Pump had some damage to cooling fins. This was a new look to me. Anyone familiar with this phenomenon? Didn't appear to be impact. My client suggested a dog urinating on the appliance. Thanks for your feedback, Michael
    Should have gave it the ole sniff test.


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    Default Re: Heat Pump damage

    Dog PeePee - I'll go with 100% certainty.

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    Default Re: Heat Pump damage

    Corrosion of the aluminum cooling fins can be caused by various things, the most often cause I have seen is from salt spray from the ocean ... BUT ...


    The shape of that corrosion and the location of it being limited to the corner of the condenser unit, and the likelihood that you are not near the ocean (Pacific for you, Atlantic for me) - I'm going to go with the dog marking his territory too.

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    Default Re: Heat Pump damage

    Thanks all for the feedback. Will try the "Sniff Test" next one I come across.
    Michael


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    Default Re: Heat Pump damage

    I've seen it hundreds of times - it's dog urine. If it were higher up on the coil - I've seen off gassing from pool chemicals render the same results, but in this case - it's a pup
    Quote Originally Posted by michael brown View Post
    Thanks all for the feedback. Will try the "Sniff Test" next one I come across.
    Michael



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    I would like to see a photo of anyone performing the sniff test

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