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    Sometimes something as simple as pump velocity can give you problems with your copper tubing.
    If you have a return line, is the pump to big?
    Installing a smaller pump may be the answer to minimizing your problems. Please understand that the damage has been done if you are experiencing numerous leaks and NOTHING will turn bad pipe into new pipe. Your object now has to be to minimize the potential for leaks with the piping you have.
    The best approach is to check pressure, this should be held to under 50#, with a pressure reducer if necessary and a pump that is the smallest you can find. The pump should be just big enough to move the water and no larger, many times pumps are oversized, thus wearing out your pipe.
    Good Luck,
    The Local Plumber
    Tustin, California

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