Hi All! I am new to this site and fairly new to HVAC as a whole. I am, by trade, a mechanical engineer, and hold degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering. Although I have not performed a great deal of work on air conditioning systems, I fully understand how one works, as well as both the physical and mathematical principles at work. I am also very familiar with the various equipment, refrigerants, etc., etc. used in the industry.
In the past, I have assisted a close friend (an HVAC technician) installing, repairing, and troubleshooting air conditioning systems on his side jobs. I am now ready to tackle my first solo condenser replacement, and need some advice regarding tools. I have already acquired the refrigerant, equipment, and miscellaneous supplies.
First and foremost, what tools are required for this task? Which are best, digital or analog manifold gauges? What brand does everyone prefer? How about the digital manifolds that also calculate superheat/subcooling? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!