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  1. #1
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    Confused

    wentout on a call today customer had ac on todays staite said was not cooling, I took cover off condenser suctionline had 2 inches of ice around it.
    compressor had ice all around it.
    went in crawl there was all water dripping off the suction line insulation evap was a block of ice.
    things only 5 years old dam.
    finally got my gauges on it gave it a liquid charge not running of course sucked up 3 pounds of refrigerant.
    told customer not to run it for a day let all the ice melt in the evap then i will check it again to cap off my charge see what wrong with the thing.

  2. #2
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    Originally posted by TheDuke
    wentout on a call today customer had ac on todays staite said was not cooling, I took cover off condenser suctionline had 2 inches of ice around it.
    compressor had ice all around it.
    went in crawl there was all water dripping off the suction line insulation evap was a block of ice.
    things only 5 years old dam.
    finally got my gauges on it gave it a liquid charge not running of course sucked up 3 pounds of refrigerant.
    told customer not to run it for a day let all the ice melt in the evap then i will check it again to cap off my charge see what wrong with the thing.
    Your kidding right ? How can you charge a frozen unit properly ?

  3. #3
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    I'll be back. This one is going to be too hard on my brain right now.
    There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action....Mark Twain

  4. #4
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    oh boy, lincoln tech must be proud of you!!!!!!!!

  5. #5
    is this a joke???

  6. #6
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    Mr. Duke, I highly recommend you spend some time studying the effect of airflow over an evaporator coil.

    Did you even bother to look at the filter and blower wheel? Tell tale signs of what that coil underneath all that ice might look like.
    • Electricity makes refrigeration happen.
    • Refrigeration makes the HVAC psychrometric process happen.
    • HVAC pyschrometrics is what makes indoor human comfort happen...IF the ducts AND the building envelope cooperate.


    A building is NOT beautiful unless it is also comfortable.

  7. #7
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    ok why is every one picking on me!
    did like 7 calls today just came home little while ago
    stuck in traffic half the day tryin to make a livin here.
    yes first thing i did was check the filters then i checked the evap seen the ice then looked up at the suction line seen all the water dripping then i told homeowner to turn it off went out to the condenser remover cover seen all the ice out there.
    told homeowner to run the blower to melt ice checked to see water pooring out of evap drain line
    chipped away at ice gave it about 30 to 40 minutes then plugged into the system took standing pressure gave it a checked it out and gave it a charge like i said above.
    told homeowner not to run it for the nite tomorrow i will go and see what i can find.
    yes im here cause im looking for some advise of corse from other techs

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    What other kinds of things did you find on the other 7 calls? Just wondering what kind of problems you're experiencing in your neck of the woods.
    There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action....Mark Twain

  9. #9
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    addvise on iced up unit
    shut it down leave the blower run. go back at the end of the day or the next day and find out why it iced up.
    never add refrigerant to a unit that is iced up

    did 15 calls today and got in at 9.30
    it is part of the trade and happens every year

  10. #10
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    15 calls? Geez you got a helicopter or something?

  11. #11
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    Originally posted by tinknocker service tech
    addvise on iced up unit
    shut it down leave the blower run. go back at the end of the day or the next day and find out why it iced up.
    never add refrigerant to a unit that is iced up
    The last line here is the most important!!!!
    More techs have killed compressors by Just adding a few pounds!Unless the coils are clean, blowers/fans working properly and the ducts are clear (and you checked each) Don't add a few pounds!!!
    And as for long days, out here it's been over 100° for over a month and that goes with the territory.

    We are also not trying to just bust your chops but to keep you on the proper road and not make to many mistakes.

    By the way it's 10PM and still 84°f out side.
    (Another cool day in Paradise!)

    Yuma,
    What is snow? Is it that white stuff in a freezer?

  12. #12
    did you use the yellow jacket ice pick, or the robinair model?

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    I love this site. Plumbers respond to HVAC calls. . . .
    Live for yourself and ask no one to live for you.

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