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03-02-2012, 08:22 PM #1Professional Member
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moisture in system.. this ? always sparks good conversation..
Can anyone prove or disprove whether a system(especially containing POE oil) can collect moisture due to a positive pressure leak??
Ex. Medium temp refrigeration system using R-22 w/ POE oil(pressures obviously never even get close to a vaccum) tests positive for high moisture in oil. System has many small leaks, but has never been opened up for a repair.. Im referring to the possibility of the oil in the system collecting moisture as it runs, not the possibility of some idiot throwing a gauge full of air on the system.
03-02-2012, 09:16 PM #2
I've heard of it, but am unable to offer concrete and documented proof of it.
The concept is a poorly timed and located Venturi due to a leak. High velocity refrigerant creates a negative pressure zone that allows moisture into the system.
I'm far more inclined to believe that there is another explanation.
03-02-2012, 09:20 PM #3
I could see it happening but I am willing to bet you would pick up far more non condensables first and would see those issues long before you would see moisture problems.
Unless the pipe was submerged.UA LU189
10mm, because it's better than .45acp
03-02-2012, 09:46 PM #4
Always possible that the moisture was present in the POE and introduced that way.....POE does, after all, have a love affair with water.
03-02-2012, 09:48 PM #5Originally Posted by bunny
Evacuation doesn't remove moisture from POE.
You need driers to do that.
03-02-2012, 10:28 PM #6
No way. I wouldn't believe that even if the unit somehow ran under water.
Moisture has a mass and it moves by force like everything else. Until the forces equalize, moisture will stay where most convenient.
03-02-2012, 10:31 PM #7Professional Member
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03-02-2012, 11:14 PM #8
Do either of you understand Bernoulli's Principle?
Also known as the "venturi effect"
I believe that it is possible, but would be extremely difficult to document and prove.
03-02-2012, 11:44 PM #9
Yes I remember Bernoulli's Principle from my industrial gas fitter's course, but I'm not sure it applies in a case like this. I can't think of any part of a refrigeration system that would form a venturi effect sufficient to overcome the force of escaping gas.
03-02-2012, 11:51 PM #10Professional Member
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03-03-2012, 08:06 AM #11
1) Yes, a venturi can form and draw air with moisture into a system.
2) Yes, the moisture can already be in the oil, unless it is carefully contained and kept from exposure to moisture before it is placed into the system. POE is extremely hygroscopic.
3) Now, from what I have been told, a dryer cannot remove moisture from POE oil. In mineral oil, the moisture is merely entrained with the oil. In POE, the moisture bonds with the oil chemically, and that makes it virtually impossible for a passive dryer to remove it. At least, that's what I was told. I may be wrong.
03-03-2012, 08:09 AM #12
I was told that a drier is the only way to remove moisture from POE.
You won't remove it with a vacuum pump, that's for sure.
There are also issues with water causing chemical changes in POE oil and causing it to revert back to its component chemicals, namely acid and soap.
Plugged cap tube, anyone?
03-03-2012, 08:15 AM #13