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    Are water cooled condensers possible?

    Hi guys,

    I'm new to the forum. Hopefully this is the right section.

    Would it be possible to take a phase change unit, such as the retail LD PC-V2, and water cool the condenser element.
    Such as by replacing the condenser with a small heat exchanger, which is then connected to a conventional water cooling loop.

    I imagine this would reduce the noise and size of the system?

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    Yes, a Lytron 10 ton brazed plate heat exchanger is kinda what you are looking for.
    I had a unit that I was trying to condense Iceon89 using a L2L, R507 was too easy.
    http://www.lytron.com/Heat-Exchanger...quid-to-Liquid
    I have never had a Lytron fail and I own a few in use now. It does help the capability of condensing the first stage but you will still need the L2A and fans, maybe you had other geothermal ideas?
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    Thanks Charles!

    I've no experience in refrigeration myself, should I just take the stock unit to a local expert and ask them to fit the L2L and regas the unit? Do you know what refrigerant would be best?

    When you say I will still need the L2A and fans, do you mean the L2A will need to remain in place, so the refrigerant would run through the L2L, then through the L2A?

    Finally, in a single stage system such as the LD PC-V2, could one also connect the L2L to a chilled water loop to cool the hot side below ambient?
    Last edited by geobow; 04-03-2018 at 01:49 AM.

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