T500 leaking

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T500 leaking

Postby nudder12 » Fri May 06, 2022 1:26 am

T500
Latest run, noticed a relatively small leak coming from the point where the black plastic (that houses the water inlet & spirit outlet) meets the main column.
I did try to 'collect' a few drips with my finger to taste test, but given the hot temp of the column it wasn't easy - but what I could manage seemed tasteless so I'm presuming it was just water.

Any answers about what's leaking, and why, and what problems it will cause?
And solutions of course?
Although I note from Still Spirits website they say - "If water is leaking from in between the outlet block and the column, contact Still Spirits or your retailer of purchase." Although that's probably of no value since my unit is well out of warranty.
TIA
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Re: T500 leaking

Postby Lexanium » Mon May 09, 2022 1:06 pm

Hey,
Could this been some moisture from when youve cleaned the unit?
Perhaps its gotten inside the black housing and its seeping out when the metal heats up and the liquid expands
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Re: T500 leaking

Postby nudder12 » Tue May 10, 2022 2:07 am

Lexanium wrote:Hey,
Could this been some moisture from when youve cleaned the unit?
Perhaps its gotten inside the black housing and its seeping out when the metal heats up and the liquid expands

Thanks for responding. But no, that isn't it.
After I clean the unit it is completely dry before the next run.
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Re: T500 leaking

Postby The Stig » Tue May 10, 2022 6:15 am

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Re: T500 leaking

Postby nudder12 » Tue May 10, 2022 9:19 pm

The Stig wrote:Try here : viewtopic.php?f=28&t=1317&start=20

Thanks. I had seen that thread already.
Like many others, it discusses a leak at the top of the condenser.
I can't seem to find any discussion anywhere of where mine is leaking from - that's probably a bad omen.
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