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    Called to a "low-on-freon-call" today.Everything running except compressor.Shell cool to touch,but discharge burnt the heck out of me.External thermal limit safety switch stuck open.Gages showed 150 psig high-low.Ohmed out compressor,no shorts to each other or to ground or broken windings.Jumpered pass defective switch per bosses orders and turned her on.Compressor fired up good,head got to about 200 and "BOOM".Terminal block at compressor blew up like a grenade spewing sparks,refrigerent and oil.After charging cust. 65 dollars I started wondering why it blew.What do you guys conclude.I'm guessing internal corrosion caused by acid in system due to running hot too long with contaminates?I'm still new to this stuff,not out of school yet.Any thoughts appreciated.

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    i conclude that you will never jumper that switch again.

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    unit tripped the saftey for a reason
    should not jump it out find the reason

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    You jumped out a saftey that was doing its job.

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    You jumped out a saftey that was doing its job.

    If the discharge line is that hot, wait till it cools.

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    I'll bet that scared the hell out of you.

    Could be that the motor insulation was damaged but if your like a lot of techs your meter probably only reads to 10 or 20 meg ohms.

    A leak of say 40 meg ohms may not be detected but let it run a few minutes and the winding heats up it will find ground.

    Keep in mind not being there this is only a guess and just some food for thought.
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    that still doesn't answer his question.

    we have all jumped out the clickson.

    why when the can is cool the discharge is burning hot

    why when he fires it up it blows? ?

    Hi side plugged at discharge?

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    More then likely the compressor went into a vacuum arching internally causing the oil to combust.
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    You can look on the bright side of this situation...if you do the replacement, there won't be any recovery necessary.

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    Originally posted by dorrmann
    You can look on the bright side of this situation...if you do the replacement, there won't be any recovery necessary.
    Speaking of recovery you could be in there tonight thanks to your boss.
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    So, was the oil black and stinky?
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    That's why there's a cover on the terminals.

    You DID put it back on before running it, didn't you?

    What kind of meter did you ohm it with?
    What setting?

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    Wink

    Did they pay the $65 ?

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