Tonight I got an after hours call to a sea food display cooler that was 70 degrees. I've only been on one refer call in my short career, so I was a bit nervous.
r134a unit, I put my gauges on it and the low side is like 60, compressor is smoking hot. So I go to pull the charge out, and the recovery machine pretty much instantly starts drawing it into a vacuum, so there was no charge present. I was told by my boss that they don't like to pay, so just to evac quick, dump a charge in to get them by and we'd go back during normal hours to find the leak.
I evac'd, managed to get 3 ounces in before it stopped. I go to start the unit and could have kicked myself that the compressor was out on thermal. So after an hour of standing there packing it with ice trying to bring it down, I couldn't get it to run.
I told them I would be back first thing in the morning to start it up and weigh in the charge. Do you think I did the right thing? Or was there something more I could have done?