Does anyone check to determine the efficiency of the system?
I am not asking about a free test.
Last edited by dash; 07-28-2008 at 11:19 PM.
I am asking because I am curious.
Do any companies provide a service that determines the efficiency of the system?
Or is it assumed that the system is operating correctly because of the correct superheat or subcooling?
There was a typo in the first link.Here's a one to find a contractor that can test.
I am not seeking a company to do testing for me.
I am curious if any companies on this great site tests, or as I stated before, just assumes the system is operating at the highest efficiency due to the fact that the superheat or subcooling was correct.
One tests a system by measuring. I imagine that the measurement of the superheat and subcooling is the measurement of efficiency as can be best obtained outside of a strict test environment.
So one tests a system by measurement.
So the tech arrives at the customer.
It's a no cool.
Condenser fan is found to be bad.
The motor is replaced,
The system is back operating.
Do your techs check the complete system?
At least they put gages on the system.
Pressure seam low.
Temps are taken and found the temps are hi.
Sub cooling Low
Do any of your would techs get to this point?
If they do, I believe freon would be added.
Would your tech advise the customer of the condition of the system? or just put the freon in.
Or worse, do nothing.
OK they put the freon in.
They get to the correct Superheat, it is a non TXV system.
So are you telling me this system is operating correctly???
Very few measure or understand system performance in the residential market. Most are parts changers. If the system blows cool air when they are done they call it good. If airflow is not confirmed the other measurements are meaningless. It is hit and miss when it comes to the person servicing your equipment. I always test static and airflow.
Sounds like you work with a bunch of losers.
Originally Posted by mbarson
Replace motor. Check SC, and Sh.
Advise customer if these readings indicate the need for further diagnostics.
Keep in mind. That to check that SH, and SC are in line, the air filter was checked, and depending on the system, the evap coil was visually checked.
No, this is not a ½ hour call.
I use Johnson Controls at (5) properties I oversee, I do not have a choice but to use Johnson Control.
I have never seen them hook up gages to any of the systems.
Even when they do the Pm's.
They have condemned (2) TXV's , because there was frosting leaving the TXV.
When I asked what was the subcooling, they looked at me like I was talking a foreign language.
I had one tech tell me the only way to check the proper operation of a txv is by looking at the valve!!!!!!!!!
mbarson, is correct.
"If airflow is not confirmed the other measurements are meaningless."
How much profit could be made my confirming the airflow??
That depends on the customer.
Originally Posted by anacdoctor
I am very happy to see things are done correctly by "beenthere" in Pa!
I once was sent on a service call.
It was for a no cool.
I was going to be the 3rd person in (3) days.
I found the system frozen.
First guy had low suction pressure, so he added freon.
No cool again the next day.
2nd guy again finds the system frozen.
He asked for the history, and finds freon was added at the last call.
He tells the customer the contact or is sticking and causing the system to freeze.
He replaces the contactor.
I am sent on the 3rd day.
I find the system frozen.
I asked for history, I find out freon was added and the contractor replaced.
I said to myself I am screwed!!
What else could cause the system to freeze.
What would you have done??