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Old 04-25-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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How you guys charge R410a system since We need charging with liquid refrigerant to the suction side. How to avoid compressor damage?

Yellow Jacket has Liquid Charger adapter....

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Let it in very slowly and use a manifold that has a viewing window. Then get it so it flashes into vapor in the window at a controlled rate so you are really adding vapor.

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Charging adapters work fine, using your gauge manifold to meter in small amounts of liquid at a time works as well.
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Try NOT to do it on days under 70 deg F and you should have a good load on the unit. House temp over 70. If there is a good load then it can vaporize it better and not damage the compressor. Slug liquid in and you can damage valves, bend scrolls and wash the oil out of the compressor and then it gets damaged.
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Let it in very slowly and use a manifold that has a viewing window. Then get it so it flashes into vapor in the window at a controlled rate so you are really adding vapor.

Testo 550 has view windows. I can open a bit the valve on the R410a Cylinder ( Cylinder facedown ) and check in the view window right? It's gonna act like orifice.
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Charging adapters work fine, using your gauge manifold to meter in small amounts of liquid at a time works as well.

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If you don't use a charge adapter/quick charge. When you meter through your manifold. listen carefully to the compressor. You can hear what is getting to it. Takes some practice though.
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Testo 550 has view windows. I can open a bit the valve on the R410a Cylinder and check in the view window right? It's gonna act like orifice

Yep, if you let it in too fast then the suction side of the gauges starts turning white, should just sweat and like I said do it on a warm day and preferably in full sunlight.
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If you don't use a charge adapter/quick charge. When you meter through your manifold. listen carefully to the compressor. You can hear what is getting to it. Takes some practice though.

I need more practice for sure. I worked 2 units this weekend. I was excited.....
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Make sure you wear leather gloves or at least Mechanix gloves. First thing that gets a newbie is liquid refrigerant burns on his hands or he panics when a schraeder valve does not seat and gets liquid refrig on his hands. Gives you instant frostbite and removes the skin in a couple of days, NOT nice.
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I need more practice for sure. I worked 2 units this weekend. I was excited.....
It takes time. But eventually you'll know the sounds.
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Make sure you wear leather gloves or at least Mechanix gloves. First thing that gets a newbie is liquid refrigerant burns on his hands or he panics when a schraeder valve does not seat and gets liquid refrig on his hands. Gives you instant frostbite and removes the skin in a couple of days, NOT nice.
Only takes one time for someone to learn that. Unfortunately, that one time can vary in severity from mild, to severe damage.

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