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Old 06-28-2016, 12:54 AM   #1
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Propane/DC air conditioner on '58 - what to do with it?

Hi all,
I have a question regarding DC/propane air condition. I assume that is what is sitting on top of my '58 Custom but I really couldn't find any info neither on the cooler on my AS or on roof top DC/propane air conditioners in general. I found some threats that talked about the dangerous nature of the coolant but that is about it.
In addition to the scarcity of information I was wondering whether I should simply dispose of it as is or whether I should try to hook it up to see whether it may still be working.
Any advice would be great. I attach a few pics below
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:23 AM   #2
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That is probably a swamp cooler, that evaporates water from a pad that air flows through to cause a 15 to 20 degree temperature drop.
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:16 AM   #3
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If it is a swamp cooler and you travel extensively in dry climates (i.e., desert SW) and it is not running on propane (!) you might want to clean it up and keep it. However, if it is really a propane/DC AC unit then I'd get rid of it simply out of safety concerns. The fact that this technology is not being used these days should give you some indication about it's effectiveness and safety.
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That's not an air conditioner. It's a swamp cooler. It runs on water, not propane.

As suggested upthread, they work ok in extremely dry parts of the desert southwest.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:33 AM   #5
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ijustlee, AnnArborBob, Jammer:
Thanks so much for your replies. It is a swamp cooler and the copper line that connects to it is of course a water line.
I feel a little embarrassed because I searched the forum and all you wise guys said that there really is no such thing as a propane airconditioner and I ignored the golden rule: it it is not mentioned on the forum it doesn't exist!
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Well, at least you didn't connect the copper line to the propane system. That would have ended badly.
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