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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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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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MACS upcoming training clinic, register today!

April 7, 2021

MACS will present Peter Orlando from CARQUEST Technical Institute for a Mobile A/C Service Essentials webinar. May 13
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Avoiding an oily situation

April 6, 2021

If you own a mobile A/C repair shop this is when you start to gear up for it, by replenishing your parts inventories and an important segment of those inventories is compressor oil.
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How to deal with a compressor oil viscosity change

March 30, 2021

dealing with a catastrophic compressor failure where system flushing and component replacement removes all the oil from the system, then it is a matter of just installing the correct quantity of the oil that is specified for the replacement compressor.
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Does the compressor contain oil?

March 17, 2021

A question that comes up frequently on A/C tech lines is: Does the compressor contain oil and if so, how much?
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How much oil “goes” in the compressor?

March 9, 2021

There is also an additional step which is required in the oil draining process with this unit. That step is that the suction damper needs to be depressed to allow proper ventilation when draining one of these compressors.
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