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    elecro freeze

    had a call on an electrofreeze ice cream machine . noted the compressor a total ice dome from top to bottom , the machine was doing pretty good , but the call was the storage chamber warms when we get very busy . there are 3 expansion valves , called either manual or automatic set type . , flare type , original charge was 502 now 408a, . all 3 are very heavily rusted out on the spindle . one or more of these valve is flooding back ?. The propoasal is replace the 3 valves . My question do you guys know who makes this type of valve. what is the set pressure for this system . if i contact the manufactuerer monday are they very helpful . not done aslot with this equipment , but i do remember being told :dont adjust the valves:

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    I have all the service info on these. Do you have a model #?
    Factory people are superb. I'm guessing this is air cooled, cylinders have priority over hopper when in heavy use if I'm not mistaken. Doesn't take much to over run air cooled models and then the hopper gets warm.

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    thank you pmars i will get it monday when i am back in office, this is water cooled , the sight glass varies between bubbles ,and full and ocasional bubbles , depending on how many systems are calling , i dont think it is undercharged , but probaly flooding back due to worn expansion valves . at first glance you think the compressor is painted white . jim

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    Do you KNOW it is flooding back? I would make sure the charge is correct. Wonder why it was converted from 502?

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    502 not available around here , and there is a new water cooled condenser fitted in 2011 , so i reckon recharged when that was replaced and 408a is a typical replacement for old 502 systems . i am sure it is flooding back if it continues they will probabaly loose a compressor . As to the charge , it is not overchareged as the sight glass is rarely full . what would cause such total icing of the compressor other than floodback from the AXV .?. when the the water cooled condemser was fitted and the gas changed would the valves have needed adjusting ?.

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    The valves could need adjusting. I have never converted an ice cream freezer from 502. It could be that the barrels are running pretty cold, by design, and therefore the suction could be running well below freezing and icing up (like any freezer). I would still think that the compressor wouldn't be COMPLETELY covered in ice though.

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    ok fitted 3 new axv , now running really good , the 2 for the barrel were identical flare , so straight forward , the one for the storage compartment is now only available in sweat , and the location was never designed to solder in , that was a challenge not a pretty looking weld , but holding ok. tech support from the factory was useful . jim

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    Electro-Freeze usualy pretty good at tech support... any AXV's are non settable but because of their nature being automatic they sense on pressure and are not adjustable
    I would first weigh in charge and watch them function. AxVs show wear 2 times faster than TXVs

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    Umm, AXV's are most certainly adjustable! There are some nonadjustable ones that are model specific, but your standard AXV has an adjustment screw right on top.

    Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2

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    yes the axv were adjustable, and i had to set each one up individualy to electrfreeze requirements .

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