Freon Tubing Solder Job Concerns
I live in an apartment complex in Plant City, FL and the Air Handler was recently replaced.
After I got home, I inspected the work, as I often feel like I have to do.
First think I noticed was that the smaller tubing now prevents the filter being changed, not the biggest deal, but it made me look closer.
After further inspection I noticed that the larger tubing for the Freon, on the new Air Handler, was bent to make it fit with the old copper pipe and then filled with a bunch of solder.
My questions are:
1) Is this common practice?
2) Is this safe?
3) Is there any Florida Building Codes that this violates? (If this is not safe, I need something to show the office or they will never fix it.)
Below I have linked some photos from my Dropbox. If there are any problems viewing them let me know.
I have worked with soldering copper pipe for plumbing so this concerned me. I'm not trying to bring up a beef with my apartment complex, but I am concerned about my families safety.
I appreciate the help and advice.
They replaced the airhandler? Looks like they got it from the scrap yard.
I don't think id worry about the solder. Not worth getting people aggravated over.
What a complete mess.
They only replaced the inner radiator looking portion. I don't know the exact term. The cooling fins? It's a good sized V-shaped structure.
Originally Posted by SBKold
They left the outside panels nasty looking. It was way cleaner before the job.
I honestly stayed up most of the night and every little noise worried me. I hear freon poisoning isn't fun.
that's common practice for apartment complex and other hacks. Instead of putting an extra reducing fitting in there they just pinched it closed. Nothing to worry about as far as safety/health.
Oh ok that's called the evaporator coil (or indoor coil if its a heat pump) .
I wouldn't worry about the freon itself harming you. I'm still alive
Good to know.
Thank you all for your knowledge and quick responses.
I'd whine about that small line being in the way of changing the filter. Any way to bend it around the water shut off for some more clearance?
on the bottom, what is that 1/2 inch copper pipe with the globe valve going to?
Probably the water heater underneath. Common practice around here.
Originally Posted by tlj000
No, there isn't enough slack in the tubing. If I try to get it around the cold water shut off for the water heater, the small line would break.
Originally Posted by martyinlincoln
That was the first thing I pitched a fit about, in my mind that is.
Last edited by Dfarina; 12-03-2012 at 08:44 PM.
Originally Posted by tlj000
That is correct. It is the cold water shut-off valve for the water heater.
Originally Posted by 54regcab
And rightfully so. Do u own apt or just rent? Are you supposed to change filter or does a guy come around?
Originally Posted by Dfarina
If you can get the wheel off of the water valve, you might be able to bend the small refrigerant pipe around it. That is probably something I would tell your management to take care of. If the line does break, so what, let them fix it. A refrigerant leak would have to be huge (much larger than the few pounds that is in your system) for you to notice any ill effects from it. I wouldn't worry about it. Also tell them to re-insulate the bigger refrigerant pipe while they're there, otherwise water will leak from it during cooling mode.
By the way, that technically isn't solder. It's Sil-Phos brazing alloy. Even though it is ugly, it's a strong joint.
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