The case can be made that recovery and reclamation begins with keeping refrigerants in the system where they belong; refrigerant that leaks out into the atmosphere is never going to be recovered or reclaimed.
In a perfect scenario, the oil in a refrigeration or air conditioning system would stay inside the compressor’s crankcase to lubricate the compressor’s moving parts. However, because of ever-changing heat loads on the system and varying system conditions there is no such thing as a perfect system in the real world.
The right attitude and a willingness to learn can make tough jobs easier
April 3, 2017
There are times when determining the cause of a system problem can be quite difficult. Those are the times when a “master” technician will shine above the others. There are many qualities that allow technicians to be very good troubleshooters. One of these qualities is the attitude they take to the job and how they approach looking for the problem.
Several leading compressor manufacturers weighed in with insights and advice for contractors and technicians as they learn how to work safely with the equipment utilizing these so-called alternative refrigerants as they transition into primary refrigerant choices.
Keeping any kind of air conditioning or refrigeration coil clean is important for proper heat exchange, and microchannel coils are no exception. As these types of coils continue to grow in popularity, technicians should know that the microchannel cleaning procedures can differ from those for cleaning standard fin-and-tube coils.
While the chiller is typically the most visible part of the system, other key components include chilled and condenser water pumps, cooling towers, heat exchangers, etc. This article focuses on maintaining these components “beyond the flange,” which are found in most typical building comfort cooling applications.