condensor coil clean as a whistle, no airflow restrictions what so ever, i changed the speeds on my indoor motor several time to see any change.. none that would make a huge difference... i have a idea but just a idea the 16 seer trane compressor has a bridge rectifier that opens and closes a little between first and second stage (one compressor) but im not quite sure how to check that. im still waiting on a call from trane talk to them once and he told me he'd call back...not a good sign
besides my dc voltage from rectifier im not sure how to check if the compressor is open all the way
Txv have replaced many on tranes .as for the 2 stage compressor disconnect y2 and watch your amp draw should change by about 30 % . also at 6 subcool might push it up a bit and see what the superheat does
my first arrival 3:00pm (first day)
my pressures @ 143/463psig
ambient temp 104'F
delta t 19'F return temp 86'F supply temp 67'F
wet bulb 78.3
system shows symptoms of low charge due to high superheat and low subcool readings. condensor coil clean washed several times to make sure. decide to return in the morning to see what changes.
The head pressure is around 70 psi higher than it should be for 104˚ ambient, according to the service literature. But the SH and SC do suggest undercharge.
8:30am (second day) system maintaining
my pressures 121/344psig
ambient temp 93'F
delta t 19'F return temp 77'F supply temp 58'F
compressor amp draw 13.5 fan motor amp draw 0.9 fan is on high speed.
i decide to charge the system to get 10'F sc and drop my superheat and raise my subcooling at this point my main concern is my head pressure. i decide to return in the afternoon again to see my changes
Head pressure is about right for 93˚ ambient
3:00pm (second day)
my pressures are fluxuating between
154/520 and 149/500psig
my subcooling and superhead are also doing the same (but much better)
11-14'F sc - 13-16'F sh
The fact you were able to get decent SH and SC by adding refrigerant seems to eliminate the TXV. But the head is obviously way high now, and looks like it's due to low condenser air. You cleaned the OD coil. I'm wondering if the condenser fan motor is running the correct second stage speed???
Fan motor on particular unit isn't var. Speed or multi-speed, amp draw normal.. motor working within specs. The boss man says replace txv so I'm gonna do what I'm told, the customers out of town so I'm gonna replace the txv, drier and refrigerant next week. I'll post what happens.
The 16 seer i believe has a two stage scroll compressor. By looking at your pressures it looks like it was in second stage but i would still check the switch in the outdoor unit.The only other thing is if it is a trane evap coil. there was a recall on a series of expasion valves. there is a service bulletin about it too through tranes comfort site. Run the serial #. The valves were made with moisture in the sensing bulb and run a 35 to 45 degree superheat. That looks like your problem to me. good luck remember TXV
Also what trane sometimes forgets to tell people is sometimes with the 15 to 20 seer outdoor units you must use a much larger indoor coil or ahu. trust me. Ive had to uninstall brand new equipment because of inadequate cooling. The smaller coils that are the same tonnage cannot properly handle the amount of refrigerant. Call trane tech support and run all of your #'s to rule it out.
Also what trane sometimes forgets to tell people is sometimes with the 15 to 20 seer outdoor units you must use a much larger indoor coil or ahu. trust me. Ive had to uninstall brand new equipment because of inadequate cooling. The smaller coils that are the same tonnage cannot properly handle the amount of refrigerant. Call trane tech support and run all of your #'s to rule it out
It's a matched size wise I did check on that, yeah boss man said replace txv so that's what I'm doing next week, we'll see how it goes... I personally have a hard time saying its the valve according to all my readings but I'm not sure what else it could be.