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I have a goodman heat pump and i suspect a bad reversing valve

Had a bad compressor (open motor windings) replaced and now refuses to pump both sides seem equalized at about 105 psi and rise 5-7 psi regardless of the reversing valve being energized or unit running in heat or cool mode.

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  • gebmaint Jun 28, 2009

    i have tried tapping with hammer, recovered and purged w/ nitrogen, tried closing high side service valve expecting pressure to shoot up. I get nothing no change to pressure? i will try the torch i understand to be light handed with the heat thanks

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    panilling9 May 11, 2010

    also you did evacuate the system and replaced or added the appropriate filter driers first?

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    panilling9 May 11, 2010

    you need to take a amp draw to see if your full load amps are in the ball park of the nameplate rating sounds like your reversing valve MAY BE stuck in the middle postion--tap it lightly careful not to dent the valve use a rubber hammer or a piece of wood and notice any difference in the sound and pressure readings keep switching from cool to heat be sure your service valves are fully open at the unit IF it has them ccw be sure your blue hose is hooked to the suction side tap to have correct readings in either heat or cool mode and the red hose high side is hooked outside of the unit on the small line tap you can lightly take your torch and wave across the small tubes at the reversing valve pilot tubes and the valve body to help move any excess oil that may be trapped to hinder its switching DO NOT hold the torch steady at any one spot(especially the reversing valve coil) wave it side to side and with minimal heat applied at any point! just minimal stuff to check most likely others input will be helpful too



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Sounds like reversing valve is stuck or metering device or check valve is stuck open. If it is a scroll compressor on 3 phase you may need to reverse 2 motor leads. try tapping reversing valve with rubber mallet when running. This may have done in last compressor by sending discharge gas to suction side.

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    Kendall Clendenen Jun 28, 2009

    You may want to check amps while unit is running and check discharge and and suction temp at compressor. Valves may be out in compressor if reciprocator. But that is unlikely. If all else fails recover and test compressor for suction.



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