Anyone remember me? Im the guy who took the 20 gas station maintenance deal 3.5 months ago. Well everythings been going fine as far as refrigeration equipment goes up until today. Job on the other hand isnt real great. Turns out one of the biggest HVAC companys in the state couldnt please the guy whos my boss. So you can figure what lifes like for me. Instead of saying see yah to the anus im stuck with him. Anyway...
Im having trouble diagnosing stuff in the cold. Sounds like im a baby but today we didnt make it out of the teens and when market tech said I didnt know what cold was until i had worked on equipment with the condenser fan blowing on my face he was right. Now I know. So I get a call for a medium temp 6 door walk in cooler. Cooler normal runs around 35 today it was mid 40's. Unit is old no numbers on condensing unit and evap data sticker was unreadable. Sorta important for parts and stuff. But ok. Unit is R-22. Very
simple. Thermostat, LLS pump down, Low pressure control, TXV, Semi-herm comp. no defrost clock just off cycle defrost.
So I get there and unit is cycling on low pressure. Kind of strange since the site glass was full. Found a flare that was leaking so I tightened it up. I go to add refrigerant and get to 30 psi suction side and 168 psi high side both measure at service valve on comp. Ok so I add more refrigerant because its still to low pressure although the site galss is full. I then get to a point where this isnt working and its time to stop adding. Cause nothings changing. SH, SC same.
At this point suction is at 30 psi or 10 degrees at serivce valve and superheat is 12 or 22 degrees at suction valve. Head presure is at 168 and did not change while I added refrigerant. Subcooling was 30 measured at reciver outlet. But you cant take these numbers as 100% accurate cause its 18 degrees outside and its got the condenser blowing on it. Yet all this is looking like crap the cooler gets to temp of 35 and shuts off. Now on the off cycle things get interesting. I watched on my guages as unit pumped down which it did. Then the pressure slowly rised to 25 psi which is the high event setting and cycled the unit on until 5 psi which is the low event. So Im thinking the LLS selenoid is probably leaking since its continuously cycling on while on the off cycle. I was gonna pump down and replace the selenoid but the king valve was leaking when the cap was removed(bad). These pressure just dont make sense to me. I learned in school that a cooler at 35 degrees should have a coil 15 degrees colder or about. So it should be more like 20 degrees.
At this point Im frozen cause Ive now worked since 4:00 am this morning in the cold with nothing to eat all day. So with the unit acting like this I probably can expect the coil to be an ice ball. Right? I dont believe you can have a medium temp cooler with that temp coil and just off cycle defrost.
Well I guess theres really only 2 parts to replace the TXV and the LLS. Guess someone could have mis adjusted TXV. Both coils clean and unit pulls down to temp just worrried about ice.Just not nice when you have no king valve. In the cold I just wanted to hit it with a hammer and go home.
Let me know what you pros think. Something will probably come to me but I just cant think of anything right now. Thanks, Dan