Compressor pump down
My Carrier Infinity has a 50psig low pressure cutout. When the tech did a pump down a couple of weeks ago, to replace my evaporator, I noticed that he didn't bypass the cutout, and I don't think he even let it get to 50psig before manually flipping the breaker. He did appropriately recover any remaining 410a.
When he was back today, I asked him about that and he says that he doesn't bypass the low pressure cutout, because of the risk.
This was also the same tech that told Carrier he had no problem pumping down the compressor (Carrier was trying to rule out compressor issues).
My question is, if you don't let the compress pump down below the 50pisg cutout, can you really say that a compressor successfully passes a pump down test?
Yes and he followed proper procedures by pumping down and recovering the excess.
I second second opinion's opinion. Your tech did the right thing. I don't bypass safeties, either, unless absolutely necessary, and only temporarily.
A compressor does not need to be pumped down to test how well it pumps. Compression ratio is good for that.
Building Physics Rule #1: Hot flows to cold.
Building Physics Rule #2: Higher air pressure moves toward lower air pressure
Building Physics Rule #3: Higher moisture concentration moves toward lower moisture concentration.
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Last edited by beenthere; 08-14-2012 at 08:36 PM.
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Well you are partially right, this Infinity has a two stage reciprocating compressor. Your are correct on the scroll scenario no pump down required.
Originally Posted by tighttommy