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Component/Part Fit

Mind the compressor clutch gap

August 31, 2021

One of the first things I was taught in my A/C training was to always check the clutch air gap prior to installing a compressor. 
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What type of condenser is in that vehicle?

August 17, 2021

What type of condenser is in that vehicle? It's a frequent question in the mobile A/C industry.
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Field study: Incorrectly installed condensers

August 10, 2021

I have handled numerous tech calls involving older GM trucks with incorrectly installed condensers.  In preparation for this series of MACS blogs, I discovered a salvage truck with one of these condenser repairs.  This gave me the opportunity to duplicate the incorrect installation and look for pitfalls and solutions.
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Finding right side up

August 3, 2021

Most condensers have different fittings on the inlet and outlet.  The locations of the inlet and outlet on most condensers will not allow lines to be connected incorrectly, even if the fittings do happen to be the same size.  Lastly, the designs of the mounts on most condensers prevent a unit from being installed upside down.  However, none of these characteristics apply to the condenser the technician had installed. 
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Low refrigerant charge and the search for real data

June 22, 2021

I had read about how low refrigerant charges could increase compressor operating temperatures and decrease the amount of oil flowing to compressors, but I had never been able to find results from any tests. After discussing this with MACS, we decided to do some testing to get some real data.
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What is your temperature testing data telling you?

May 18, 2021

If air conditioning systems were transparent where we could see inside them, then diagnostics would be faster and easier. We could look at the systems and see things right away that affect system operation, like restrictions and liquid levels in evaporators and condensers.
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Temperature Matters

May 11, 2021

In addition to having good contact with connectors and getting accurate readings, there are some other important things to remember when doing temperature testing.
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Pass the temperature probe

May 4, 2021

The first step is to run the A/C system for a few minutes to let it stabilize. Then both probes should be connected side by side at both points that will be temperature tested in the system. For example, if you were testing the temperature drop across the condenser, this would need to be done on both the discharge line and the liquid line.
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Contact counts in temperature testing

April 27, 2021

Proper contact is vital when connecting to A/C lines using the contact type temperature thermometers. To determine if I am getting good contact, I always like to place both connectors side by side on the same line and observe the temperature readings.
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Tips for taking your mobile A/C system’s temperature

April 20, 2021

The contact type units do indeed have a high degree of accuracy, but precautions must be taken when using them (especially connecting to lines) to ensure the accuracy. Otherwise, it is possible to get readings that are easily 5° to 10° off and that can lead to an incorrect diagnosis.
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