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    How many of you guys actually weigh in Refrigerant?

    This would be in fractional hp reach-ins

    Just curious?

    If you do............... It's time to learn not to, and figure the amount that's needed on your own.

    But, that's me.

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    i'm a/c guy but i do refrig work also and yes i weigh it in. how do u know how much to charge customer if u don't. our shop keeps records of refrig used and reclaim.
    work to live not live to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by local553 View Post
    i'm a/c guy but i do refrig work also and yes i weigh it in. how do u know how much to charge customer if u don't. our shop keeps records of refrig used and reclaim.
    Minimum charge per unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfry View Post
    Minimum charge per unit.
    so you just guess at it and crank the customer instead of using a scale?

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    I weigh it in to know what to charge the customer. Also, why would I spend time tweaking a system to perfection when the factory specifies on the nameplate what they charged in the system, so why wouldn't I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwalley View Post
    so you just guess at it and crank the customer instead of using a scale?
    If you really want to excel in the refrigeration field, don't you think you should now how to do it? And, if you do know how, why wouldn't you?

    You don't need to guess, if you know what you're doing. And, no I don't crank the customer.

    I have only used the scale 2 times in my whole career of 24 years.

    It's like looking at a map when you already know where your going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfry View Post
    If you really want to excel in the refrigeration field, don't you think you should now how to do it? And, if you do know how, why wouldn't you?

    You don't need to guess, if you know what you're doing. And, no I don't crank the customer.

    I have only used the scale 2 times in my whole career of 24 years.

    It's like looking at a map when you already know where your going...
    There is no way you can know how much refrigerant you put in a system without weighing it or using a dial a charge.

    There is new technology that comes out evry year, just because you never used it doesn't mean it isn't a good idea to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroTolerance View Post
    I weigh it in to know what to charge the customer. Also, why would I spend time tweaking a system to perfection when the factory specifies on the nameplate what they charged in the system, so why wouldn't I?
    Many variables change with each changed or altered system. If you weigh it in........ Better make sure everything is factory. Change to a larger drier? longer run? Remote?
    If any of the variable change........ What ya gonna do? Call the factory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfry View Post
    This would be in fractional hp reach-ins

    Just curious?

    If you do............... It's time to learn not to, and figure the amount that's needed on your own.

    But, that's me.
    I think you are confusing people because of the way you worded your question...

    "how many of you guys actually weigh in refrigerant?"

    I think you meant...

    How many of you guys actually weigh in refrigerant per the data plate?

    regardless if you choose to weigh in the charge per the data plate, or use your refrigeration skills...either way you should be weighing it in so you know how much you used for proper billing.

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    I have only used the scale 2 times in my whole career of 24 years.

    & ive probably worn out 24 scales & charging cylinders in my career.
    the mfg. doesnt put that info on the nameplate
    just because they need to fill up the space on the tag.
    i have done many jobs without using a scale but if the
    vac. pmp goes on the scale comes out of the truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwalley View Post
    There is no way you can know how much refrigerant you put in a system without weighing it or using a dial a charge.
    There is new technology that comes out evry year, just because you never used it doesn't mean it isn't a good idea to do it.
    I don't care how much refrigerant was used. These small units take very little. I don't work for a company. I own it. No employees... and, that's what I like about it.

    Minimum charge on refrigerant. I don't keep track of my refrigerants. When I need another jug I buy another jug.

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    I use a 40 year old fish scale.
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    I guess you are fortunate since we have to keep a record of all refrigerant used and recovered by pound. They even check our records on occasion. Hope the EPA in your area do not do spot check on independents.

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