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    Is it possible to replace AC compressor with gas engine?



    So I occasionally visit a cabin in the boonies which doesn't have electricity. I use a Honda 1 kva inverter genset and though it works well, it obviously cant power an AC.

    So I have one of these units lying spare:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ramsond-1...7GW2/203013144

    Its a few years old but works alright. I was wondering if it would be possible to remove the motor and run it directly off an engine? I'm assuming the rest of the parts would run okay off my 1kva gen.

    As it so happens, I also have another 1.5kva generator whose alternator is busted but the engine is still good. So if this could work I'd save a lot of money...

    I inquired about a generator which could power my AC directly but the guy at the shop said due to 'compressor surge' of the AC I'd need at least a 5kva unit which costs several grand :/.
    So is this doable? Practical? Any other advice?



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    Re: Is it possible to replace AC compressor with gas engine?

    I don't see it as doable sorry!
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    Re: Is it possible to replace AC compressor with gas engine?

    Short answer - No, sorry.

    The air conditioner works because something is pushing the refrigerant around inside the system, in an air condition unit this is done by an hermetically sealed compressor. It is not possible to remove "the motor" as this is internal to the compressor.

    To achieve what you are after you need to design and build a system based on an old open drive compressor but by the time that is up an running it would have been cheaper to buy that 5Kva generator in the first place.

    Another option would be to get a modern top of the range air condition system with inverter drive as they don't have any surges but then you need a high quality generator as they are sensitive to variations in the power supply.


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    Re: Is it possible to replace AC compressor with gas engine?

    Hi TTA
    If you do as the Viking says and buy a new Inverter A/C you will need to get an Inverter Generator otherwise you will damage the electronics in the new A/C. You might be able to get an Inverter to clean up the power on on an ordinary generator but you would need to check with a generator supplier.
    Whatever way you go its going to be costly.
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