View Full Version : myth or fact about compressor positioning
03-26-2010, 01:19 AM
I´ve heard many times that whenever we move into position any kind of refrigeration compressor or condensing unit, we must make every possible effort trying to keep the compressors uprigth. But, what might happen if due to room limitations ( narrow elevator doors or hallways) during the equipment positioning I´m forced to temporarily turn the unit around so that the compressor is not kept upright ? Does the oil really moves out of the compressor ? Could the oil be trapped in the narrow microchannels of those R-410 parallel flow condensers ? How long must I wait before starting up the equipment in order to let the oil settle back in place ? Is this true for both reciprocant and scroll compressors ?
03-26-2010, 01:31 AM
On hermetic compressors in shipping i would think it best to be sitting on its internal springs as well as oil containment. On old frigs oil sludge best kept in the sump. Just my :.02:
03-26-2010, 04:51 AM
If if must be moved in that manner, then at least one overnight period would be sufficient. This of course does not address whether or not the internal springs have been affected.
03-26-2010, 04:59 AM
you could end up scrambling the compressor
that's what we call it when the springs under the compressor break or stretch
you can tell that it happened after you start it back up and it makes a loud busted spring noise
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