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Author Topic: What did you guys do with your removed OTR A/C units???  (Read 1528 times)
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« on: May 01, 2010, 08:33:52 PM »

I know that a lot of busnuts opt to remove the OTR units and use rooftop or basement air units.
What did most of you guys do with your old OTR units that were removed??? Any scrap value to them?
I'm getting ready to take out the 10 ton OTR Air unit and Thermal King compressor from my 06 RTS and
scrap it. Does anyone know what kinds of metals were used in the OTR Unit and
the best way to seperate the metals to get the highest scrap prices possible. I
know if I scrap it as a whole unit it wouldn't bring but pennies per pound but
if there is copper, aluminum, etc within the unit then it should bring a little
more if seperated..right? Problem is I don't really know what metals are used in an OTR unit.
I just don't want to spend a whole day seperating something that is going to profit me only $50 extra dollars
at the scrap yard. Is it best to just scrap it as a whole unit at the pennies per pound rate?
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010, 10:31:46 PM »

The coils should be copper.  Call a scrap yard and tell them what you have and ask what they pay per pound.  Some have a rate of radiators and this would probably be similar.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2010, 10:33:10 PM »

My compressor I traded at the local bus garage for work on my bus.  It was probably worth $100 to $200.  I never did figure out exactly how much he took off my bill for the compressor.  Welch Industries was buying compressors, but the cost of shipping ate up most of what they would pay.

All of the coils and any copper pipe/tubing are worth money at the scrap yard.  My coils were copper/aluminum.  I believe I made more than an extra $50 by cleaning up the coils and removing all steel and other junk.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2010, 04:55:20 AM »

just yesterday i finally threw out my (perfect condition visually) MCI condenser coil at the recycling depot.  No one had any interest in it.

I still have the compressor, only because it's too heavy to just pick up and carry on and off the trailer.

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2010, 06:16:19 AM »

ck your coils one of mine (mci Cool was all copper fins and all  brought over 200 dollars..don't remember wether it was condenser or heater core...one was alum and copper....I did remove steel from both with sawzall..
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2010, 09:27:07 AM »

Call your local transit bus companies. See if they want them. You will get more then you would from scrap, if you can sell to them.

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2010, 11:31:22 AM »

Even though my bus was from Portland, Or and did not have the air conditioning in it, it still had the evaporator installed (probably comes that way from the factory) and the receiver dryer.  I gave both to a recycler that took apart the evaporator separating the aluminum fins from the copper coils-which he later told me was pretty labor intensive, but in the end got a decent amount for his labors (can't remember how much).

At my warehouse (it is a strip warehouse with mini warehouse units-I have the smallest at 1350sq/ft) we have a spot next to the dumpster that we put scrap metal.  Every time I put something there it is gone the next day (including an old 6.5 Onan gen that was froze up).  Good Luck, TomC
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