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@ July 9, 2013 11:35 AM in Desperately Need Help

The United Ass. of plumbers and steamfitters has its national training center at Washtenaw college in Ann Arbor,  check into contacting someone there.


@ July 4, 2013 4:02 PM in case grounded compressor?

what setting is your meter on,   I recommend getting a megohm meter and re checking.   always check the elec circut.  for loose wiring or burnt comp. contactor contacts before condeming compressor. if it is single phase it could be a bad capacitor.    If your not getting contiuity to ground it may not be grounded


@ July 4, 2013 1:41 PM in carlyle o6e compressor failure

re read all the past posts that were sent to you and follow all recommendations


@ June 29, 2013 12:08 AM in unloader

Unloaders dont regulate oil they are a capacity control   look up suction cut off unloader or   www.xpedio.carrier/idc/groups/public/documents/...     sounds like you have an oil return problem which someone misdiagnosed, so they kept adding more oil.   at this point i would recommend that you take a class on compressors at your carrier dealer and recheck the design of your system  (piping sizes, unit sizing and air side design


@ June 28, 2013 9:27 AM in Bad TXV ?

What type of refrig,  walk in box or under counter,  what temp are you trying to maintain, are the derfost heaters oper.  what type control , low press. control or liquid line sol. valve, door gasket condition.  has someone been leaving door open.


@ June 26, 2013 6:53 PM in how to evacuate a precharged unit

I am concerned you are a tackling such a large job with what I think your saying is no field exp.  for your safety and others have a journeyman show you the proper procedure

cond fan motor

@ June 26, 2013 3:21 PM in Condenser Fan Question

I am assuming the unit is in cooling.   i would wire the motor for high speed, check that your motor amps dont exceed rated amps, check rotation.  freezing of suction line outside unit and at compressor would indicate other problems, possibly air side issues


@ June 25, 2013 6:21 PM in Condenser Fan Question

It all goes back to the size of cond. fan blade, a larger diameter blade would require a larger horsepower motor,  the 2 speeds should indicate 2 different rpm's, say 825 and 1050,  a larger horsepower motor can take the place of a smaller motor as long as the wiring and etc is big enough,  check the rotation on the motor and motor amps,   remember air flow restriction (dirty cond. coil ) on a propeller blade will increase motor amps,  can you provide all motor data and a picture

reservoir tank

@ June 24, 2013 4:46 PM in Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?

looks like this si a hydronic compression tank,  check with the local city boiler inspector,they may require a tank made of schedule 40 carbon steel


@ June 23, 2013 7:22 PM in why would Compressor vibrate?

I agree with part of the hands on diagnosis, but bad valves themselves would not cause extreme vibration in a semihermetic compressor, they are although a symptom of liquid floodback, maybe time to get a second set of eyes on this job, preferably someone with exp. in semihermetic and open drive compressors. It might be time to reclaim the refrig. and get any liquid out of the crank than see if you still have vibration


@ June 22, 2013 9:19 PM in why would Compressor vibrate?

A few questions   what are your line sizes,   how much horizontal pipe, how much vertical pipe. how many 90s.   Is there an unloader on compressor,  If you have a 40RM style AHU what size are your TXVs,  do you have cond. fan cycling, is your crankcase heater operational. is your AHU blower rpm set to match what your fan curve is calling for.

page 75

@ June 22, 2013 6:07 PM in Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?

sorry that would be    Another

page 75 The Lost Art of Steam Heating

@ June 22, 2013 6:05 PM in Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?

So how do we take this  " Aother problem with modern boilers is that they contain much less water than the old clunkers they replace.  This is the price we pay for high efficiency.
If the bldg is large, your replacement boiler may need a boiler feed pump in order to keep up with the time it takes for steam to make it around the old piping system and return as condensate.


@ June 22, 2013 5:24 PM in why would Compressor vibrate?

sounds like liquid in the crankcase.   check your air side , get a fan curve for the ahu, get some air side readings,  check refrig piping sizes, dont put in another compressor until you check these.


@ June 22, 2013 12:49 PM in why would Compressor vibrate?

pretty sure from last post it is a carlyle ( made for carrier equip.) semi hermetic.  probably worn bearings or crankshaft, you can pull the heads and look at the pistons.( dont do this unless you have experience in compessor teardown ).  chances are if the vibration is extreme you will need to replace compressor.  than find the cause ( liquid refrig or oil slug ? )


@ June 20, 2013 7:12 PM in oil and freon leak - Carlyle Compressor

probably due to excessive vibation or cap tube wearing on other components,  Someone jumpered switch probably due to refrig. floodback or excessive high refrig temps which can entrain oil out of compressor.  could be alot of problems, ( poor air fow at ahu ? )


@ June 19, 2013 11:32 AM in A/C classes

contact the local branch of  R.S.E.S.


@ June 17, 2013 12:40 PM in the old man needs a hand

Look up refrig. line carrying capacity on yahoo, they have numerous sites,  Mquay and Parker/Sporlan have a good PDF.

overcharge ?

@ June 6, 2013 9:02 PM in High subcool

Almost all systems have a critical charge unless they have a liquid receiver.  I would follow Spence's advice, and also consider reclaiming refrig. triple evacuating, use micron guage,  and than weighing in the charge, the charge listed on the cond. unit usually takes in account about a 25 ft. line set. ( check with the unit manufact.)   All service people need to have a digital scale with them.


@ June 6, 2013 10:49 AM in Firebox temperature in residential natural gas powered steam boiler

I have always used greenpatch -421 on commercial jobs    3200 degrees


@ May 31, 2013 9:26 AM in consulting

Thanks Mark


@ May 30, 2013 10:11 AM in consulting

Thanks Jamie   great info.
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