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Compressor

Don’t try this at home

October 6, 2021

Don't try this at home! We do not recommend adding a machete to your mobile A/C tool kit. However, in Belize they do things differently. Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention.
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Behavioral characteristics of various compressor types

September 21, 2021

When faced with a challenging A/C system problem, knowing what type of compressor you are dealing with can help streamline the diagnosis process. 
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A burned clutch is a symptom of another problem

September 14, 2021

Not much thought is given to compressor clutches until they fail, but they are extremely durable.  I have personally owned three vehicles that had between 200, 000 and 240,000 miles on them.  They all still had the original compressors and clutches, and they were still functioning perfectly.
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Facts to know about the compressor clutch coil

September 7, 2021

Checking the clutch air gap before installing a compressor is an important step in compressor installation. This is because of the possibility of a clutch air gap getting knocked out of adjustment due to rough handling or it being gapped incorrectly at the factory.  These issues of course can cause problems with clutch operation.  If detected and corrected before compressor installation, a lot of time can be saved.
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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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Mysterious servicing issue in R-1234yf systems

August 11, 2021

Recently a 2017 R-1234yf Honda system, with 72,099 miles, encountering a loss of cooling (slow leak) over time would not pass the equipment charge procedure and the production amount could not be charged. 
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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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