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  1. #1
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    Confused sweating suction line

    what cause a sweating suction line in a split system?

    my suction pressure was 68 psi and my high was 224 psi .

    Can it be undercharged or overcharged?

    dirty indoor coil?


    pls help

    thanks

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    Most of the time it is below the dewpoint and will sweat. That's why the insulation is on it.

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    Is the suction line insulated?

  4. #4
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    What baldie said.
    Its normal.

    Remove those guages, and step away from the unit.
    Checking the charge is not a DIY thing.
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    A suction line will sweat is can even have ice and be OK. As long as the ice goes no farther than the end bell on the compressor it is nothing to really worry about. A little frost on the end bell is just good subcooling for the compressor.

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    thanks all!

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    you're unit is working like its supposed to put those gauges on ebay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maints View Post
    A suction line will sweat it can even have ice and be OK. As long as the ice goes no farther than the end bell on the compressor it is nothing to really worry about. A little frost on the end bell is just good subcooling for the compressor.

    must be a maintanance guy thing



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    If an uninsulated suction line is below the Outdoor Ambient Temp (OAT) dew point it will condense moisture. Of course, the OAT dew point can vary a great deal; just ignore the sweating issue. (Where is the insulation?)

    Forget about a sweating suction line, it is NOT an indication of an incorrect charged system.

    Get the airflow right & the Superheat & Subcooling within specifications.

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    If suction didn`t sweat you wouldn`t need a drain pan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airmechanical View Post
    must be a maintanance guy thing



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    you must be a comedian on the weekend

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    He probably found the ice on the compressor comment funny for an A/C compressor.
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    You can have frost on the endbell of the compressor it does no damage. And I'm talking refrigeration not AC. You'll have an oil failure before your compressor dies from a slug of liquid. Again refrig not AC

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