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post #31 of 42
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Hmm, when I turn this thing on, it starts making a really loud noise, like a droning hum. Kind of like a vacuum cleaner. I don't know if the evp still gets cold or not when it's on because I'm afraid to leave it on for too long. The humming really just gets louder and louder until I unplug it.


Edit: Upon revision, it sounds more like a power generator, a sort of deep buzzing noise.
Edit 2: Yeah, it still gets cold, so I guess it's not a leak I have to worry about, but anyone know what the noise might be? =/
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post #32 of 42
just leave it on for about minute, by then the pipes leading to the evap should have some frost on them or atleast be cold, i know that mine does

PS i'm making a chiller too
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post #33 of 42
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The pipes leading to the evap are covered in some sort of tarlike insulation, lol.
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post #34 of 42
It's probably because there is no load on the unit, if you put a fan blowing onto the evap and then switch on the unit, leave it for a good 10 minutes and you should start to get really cold air coming through the evap.
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post #35 of 42
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Then that I'll do!
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post #36 of 42
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I put a fan on in front of the evap and turned the machine on for a few minutes. The pipes frosted up real nice, but it's still making that awful racket, and it's making me nervous. =/
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post #37 of 42
The best thing to do for a water chiller set up is to find an old water fountain that still works because it has all the stuff you need including a reciever that has the cooling coils in side of it already. I personally have one im making into a water chiller as we speak. I was lucky enough to get an old water fountain from work that they removed for renovations and it just so happens that it handles cooling 5 gals per minute which is just about what most high end pumps will circulate. Thats my route to go to save yourself some time and money. You could probably find a water fountain at a junk yard or at a school somewhere.
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post #38 of 42
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Well yeah, but that only cools liquid enough for pleasurable drinking, right? Like no less than 5C.

With an AC unit water chiller you'd get much lower temperatures, right?
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post #39 of 42
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Originally Posted by 711
Well yeah, but that only cools liquid enough for pleasurable drinking, right? Like no less than 5C.

With an AC unit water chiller you'd get much lower temperatures, right?
I thought about a Water fountain chiller build, but then decided against it, because they will provide for subzero temps probably for idle, but load, it's weak compared to an A/C. An A/C unit is much more powerful than a water fountain, and will provide for better temps all around.
    
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post #40 of 42
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So, left the thing on for a full 15 minutes, and the evaporator was very slowly starting to get cold. (by the end of 15 minutes only 1/4 of the evap was cold) The condenser was getting very warm as nomal, but the compressor at the end of 15 minutes was too hot to touch.

I really don't think this is normal?
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