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    Acid Test

    I'm a rookie service tech and while we're getting near the end of the cooling season, I'm curious to know from you smart guys when should an acid test be done? Should it be done if non condensables are in the system? Should it be done if the compressor has opened its internal overload? I've also read that acidic oil has tends to have a sweeter smell to it? Is there a way to identify acidic oil without doing initially doing an acid test (for example as you take your high side gauge off examine/smell the oil that comes out?) thanks

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    I think you should move this thread to the Pro Tech discussio area.
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    Cos nobody answers in either forum

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    Im not a pro, but I've never used an acid test. Generally, you are concerned with acid when you have a compressor burnout. In that situation, you would cut the compressor out, use an acid neutralizer and/or flush, then purge with nitrogen. Here's some helpful links (yahoo or google can help you find answers too)

    http://www.highsidechem.com/pdfs/supflush.pdf
    http://www.rses.org/main/sam/xml/630-49A/630-49A.xml

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    You will know if you have a compressor burn out. It smells bad.
    Does'nt ever hurt to test. Fairly simple to do with the right tools and materials.

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    When ever you change out a compressor.
    When ever you find moisture in a system.
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    How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?

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