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    Newbie: Refrigeration Tools

    Hi Sirs! I just recently joined this forum, and I just want to ask about the different tools used when troubleshooting refrigeration systems. I just want to know it advance so that I can have an idea before I use that tool in the future!

    Thanks ppl!


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    You left this very vague so here is my opinion buy the best test equipment you can afford ( gauges, thermometer etc). This will aid in getting proper diagnosis a 4K hammer swing the same as a ten dollar hammer for all intents and purposes.
    Honeywell you can buy better but you cant pay more

    I told my wife when i die to sell my fishing stuff for what its worth not what i told her i paid for it

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    Look at what your co-workers are using.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Once you learn how systems operate, it will be apparent to you what tools are needed.

    Don't get ahead of yourself.

    Good luck.

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    I have been reading on here for a while, this is my first post. I agree with the replies but will add this, get some work gloves and safety goggles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C0olDude View Post
    Hi Sirs! I just recently joined this forum, and I just want to ask about the different tools used when troubleshooting refrigeration systems. I just want to know it advance so that I can have an idea before I use that tool in the future!

    Thanks ppl!

    you want to know how certain tools work? or you want to know certain tools to buy?
    You will know what specialty tools youll need when you need them. Other than that make sure you have all of the "regular tools"

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    Like a small pipe wrench and manifold gauges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennybaker2014 View Post
    you want to know how certain tools work? or you want to know certain tools to buy?
    You will know what specialty tools youll need when you need them. Other than that make sure you have all of the "regular tools"
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C0olDude View Post
    Hi Sirs! I just recently joined this forum, and I just want to ask about the different tools used when troubleshooting refrigeration systems. I just want to know it advance so that I can have an idea before I use that tool in the future!

    Thanks ppl!

    Just go to the "Tools and Test Equipment" section here and you will find many threads to probably answer your questions.

    Good luck in your career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    Like a small pipe wrench and manifold gauges?

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    EXACTLY!! Lol and the funny thing is so may times i just grab channel locks and a 6-in-1 and im able to get the job done. Or at least get a good diagnosis with those two tools


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    Probably the main tools a refrigeration guy will use that air guys won't use nearly as often would be a service wrench and a flaring tool.

    Air guys tend to have a TON MORE tools they need and have to master that are not used in refrigeration.

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    I will agree with look around at other mechanics as you can. If you see something on their truck or in their bag the chances are they needed that tool at some point...so you must assume that you also will need it at some point. That is how I begain getting tools after I had got all the basic hand tools. Side note YOUR tools are like YOUR knowledge.....no one can take it away from you.

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    Basic hand tools-wrenches, screwdrivers, nut driver’s, electrical tape, wire ties, wire nuts, and others.
    A good service wrench.
    A shearer valve core remover/tightener.
    A good clamp on amp meter/multimeter.
    A quality tool bag to carry it all in, one easy to carry up a ladder.
    You’ll find others that will help you as you get further in the trade.
    And like others have said, ask your fellow workers.

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    I see a lot of new guys go out and buy the biggest baddest set of digital manifold gauges, top of the line meter, and not have a clue on how to use either even close to their potential and at the same time missing the basic tools that were mentioned by others in the thread(service wrench, decent hand tools, wire strippers, crimpers, etc). The fancy tools are nice, but if you dont have the basics, and can't use a set of basic analog gauges to their potential, a digital set up with all the bells and whistles aren't going to give you any advantage.

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