He completed the "tune-up", but wants to come back Monday to take some airflow readings. He said the compressor is shifting to 2nd stage, but the suction pressure is increasing when it goes from 1st to 2nd stage. He doesn't think there are ventilation leaks because the return grille and supply register temps have appropriate temperature differences from the air handler.
His numbers: (1st / 2nd stage)
Compressor amp draw: 5.5A / 11.2A
Liquid Line temp: 85F / 85F
Liquid Line press: 308 / 312
Suction Line temp: 64F / 68F
Suction Line press: 140 / 152
Suction Line Temp @ evap (only measured @ 2nd stage): 59-66
He said normal TXV fluctuation
Liquid Line Temp @ evap (only measured @ 2nd stage): 90
Return air temp (@ evap): 79F / 78F
Return air wet bulb: 65F
Supply air temp (@ evap): 54.8 / 62.3
Outdoor Ambient: 84F
Outdoor Humidity: 66%
I'm thinking the compressor has something wrong with it that is causing a lack of capacity in 2nd stage.
The suction pressure should have gone down, and the liquid line pressure up by more than 4 psig, when it changed to 2nd stage.
There should also not have been a drastic rise in the supply air temperature in 2nd stage.
How long was he there and did he do any other work as part of the tune-up?
Probably 2 hours. Did the other usual things, cleaned the condenser coil (was already clean), the cursory spraying of cleaner on the upper surface of the evap coil, looked at the bottom side as best he could (it was clean), checked amp draw on blower motor, condenser fan and compressor, condensate line cleanout, read the trouble codes off the controller (saw a 71 and 72, thermal cutout low stage and hi stage - from last summer, but he said that was a known issue with the original board at the condenser).
I think the is the first time they've actually done comparisons from 1st to 2nd stage.
The latest on this. My local HVAC company has conferred with Carrier, and they believe the TXV is bad. Carrier had them come back out and double check the amp draw on the compressor, since these Bristol TS compressors have had issues. Low stage: 5.6A, Hi Stage 9.2, so the thought is the compressor is ok.
They will replace the TXV in a couple of weeks, (waiting for the part).
I can't reason in my head how they get good subcooling and superheat values at hi stage, and the TXV not be working. I would have bet money that it was the compressor (suction pressure goes up low to hi stage). Carrier is replacing the TXV at their cost - so I can't argue with that. I'm just happy that they finally acknowledge something isn't right.
Will post an update after it is replaced.