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I have fluctuating suction pressure 20 degrees superheat at the service valve 3 degrees inside cap tube metering device 48* at the coil room air is 78 and not cooling off

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This tubbing carries the refrigerant. The small line is flowing to their inside air handler. If the line is hot it is an indication that the outside unit is not able to release the heat. The most common reason is that the coil (looks like a car radiator) is dirty or plugged. This can be cleaned with a brush or sometimes a garden hose. They do make acid type cleaners for doing this, but the use of the acids are restricted in some areas.

By the way the other black pipe should have a larger copper line behind the black insulation. That line should be cold and sweaty like a nice glass of ice tea:)

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Dear sir we need sugation for this we having prob with compressure Crrier Package unit model no : 50TJ16-028B/S We having little Diffreance with power supply (each phase.like a Red is 217v ,yellow is 218v Blue is 221v ) is there any problem for compressure .pls give me u r idea

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

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SOURCE: new goodman 2.5 ton 14 seer with txv. suction

it is fine and sounds like it is running at a high efficentcey. I wouldnt worry about it as long as it dosent cycle too much.

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It sounds undercharged (needs more refrigerant). Based on the conditions in your post and assuming the indoor humidity is within 20-70% range, your target superheat should be 10degF. Your superheat (assuming you have an R22 system) is far too high. The pressures are not indicating a restriction; therefore, I have to conclude you have a low charge. A low charge will cause a gurgling sound due to the refrigerant in the liquid line is vaporizing prior to reaching the Cap tube at the Air Handler.

I hope you find this information helpful to you moving forward. :-)

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R22 unit running at 160/58. Took bulb out climbed to 61 on suction then right back to 58. Replaced txv. Charged to 220 head, suction stays at 60. Clean coil, no filter, good airflow. Ideas?????


Sounds like bad valves in the compressor.
A good indicator is how fast the pressure changes when you shut the compressor off. It should take several seconds for the suction pressure to rise. If it's immediate, then expect a bad valve.

Mar 07, 2016 | Heating & Cooling

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65 PSI TO 70 PSI IS THE SAME SUCTION PRESSURE FOR ALL TON SPLIT AC OR THERE IS DIFFERENT SUCTION PRESSURE IN ON CONDITION?


Your suction pressure will always vary depending on many variables. What type of freon??? If you find your freon type on a PT CHART(PRESSURE/TEMPERATURE), 65-70 psig will have a temp that is 38-41°f. Most evap coils should be a bit warmer but not much. BUT, again variables! Coils are clean, indoor temp, blower speed, return air opening, supply ducts. Also superheat should be a factor. If you have 65-70psig, that freon temp(per pt chart r22) is 38-41°f, then using a temp sensor/meter to measure the actual temp of the suction line. Subtract 38-41 from the actual temp and that give us a superheat reading. This # should be around 8-12°. But again variables! If the unit has an expansion valve? Seems like you are close if its r22.

Aug 05, 2015 | Heating & Cooling

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I just put a new compressor in with a reversing valve aswell I put a suction drier and a liquid line drier on.I flushed the system with proflush and nitrogen. this system is 4 yrs old I didnt put it in im...


Hello Sometimes there is a SCREEN in the liquid line just b4 the piston in the tube.You had a SEVERE burnout the filter driers are shot from doing there job even with the short run time.Also you could try pulling the piston out and blow out the cap tubes in the evap.Close the suction service valve and pressurize the pipe and let it blow out the piston holder ot help clear those tiny tubes.Use a OVERSIZE liquid drier this time,Get a 10 ton drier or better.

Sep 11, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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We just installed a new Goodman HVAC and the compressor lines freeze up. The technician that installed the unit cannot find the problem


Not to be critical, but not much of a technician if he cannot properly troubleshoot the issue.

Several issues can cause the freezing problems:

1. Refrigerant charge issue.
2. Improper equipment sizing.
3. Air flow issues.
4. Metering device issue.

First is under charge. But before making this determination several other things must be diagnosed and resolved.

Was the unit sized properly using a heat load calculation? You may not know what this means but a reputable, knowledgable contractor does. If the unit was oversized, it can cause the unit to freeze. If the indoor fan & motor were undersized. it may not be moving enough air across the coil and this will cause the coil & suction line to freeze.

Air flow issues, such as obstructions in your ducting or across your evaporator coil will cause the coil to freeze, thusly your suction line will freeze as well. Is the filter and evaporator coil clean? Are there any obstructions in the air passages (duct)? Is the duct work sized properly. Improper sizing of the duct work may choke down the required return air flow, and cause the coil to freeze.

The last issue could be a problem with the metering device. If it is an adjustable thermostatic metering device, was it setup to maintain a 12 degree suction superheat? If it is a fixed metering device, such as a cap tube device or bullet (orifice) device, it mat have a restriction (ususally a piece of solder or flakes from the soldering process clogging up the inlet screen). To easily check this, thaw the system out, start it back up when thawed and look for frosting or ice accumulation at the metering device outlet side. I fit does this rather quickly, then the system must have the refrigerant recovered (or pumped down into the condenser) and the blockage removed.

If it is air related, this must be fixed prior to properly trying to charge a system. Unless the proper airflow has been established, charging the system, or checking charge cannot be properly performed.

Sep 03, 2010 | Goodman Heating & Cooling

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UNIT IS ONLY 4 YEARS OLD AND IS ON ITS SECOND COMPRESSOR SUCTION PRESSURE SLOW ABOUT GOING DOWN AND DISCHARGE PRESSURE GOES TO 210 THEN WILL DROP TO 200 .UNIT HAS 10 DEGREES SUBCOOLING BUT SUPERHEAT IS...


Hi, sounds as though for this to be its 2nd compressor for such a newer unit, the superheat was not right when the compressor was installed. I don't know what freon you are using the new R-410A or the regular R-22. There's a big difference in pressure, but now I see your pressure reading and its R-22 for these readings.For a 2 ton unit, you would use the superheat charging method for a unit that doesn't use a thermostatic expansion valve ( T X V ) and not the sub-cooling. A 23 degree super heat at that outdoor ambient temperature is way to high for that unit, you will loose the compressor again!!. Super heat killed the compressor is the saying and that's a fact. Suction pressure should pull down just as quick as the head pressure unless the valves are going and weak, or you have a scroll compressor that has a valve plate that is going, or you are low on charge. With a ambient of 95*, you should be at around 270p.s.i. on your head pressure as 210 to 200 is way low. Suction line temp should be around 68 to 70, with a suction line temperature of 50 to 51 degrees, which would give you a 10 to 12 degree F super heat. I don't know when the second compressor was installed, but it has to be low on charge to be such a low head, and high super heat and you will loose this compressor again, its only a matter of time before you have a burnout. It was either under charged when installed, or has a very small leak at one of the joints. I hope the liquid line drier was replaced also. It shows me you have some knowledge on a/c operation, so you need to get that superheat down to between 8 and 10 degrees for this unit to cool properly, and leak check it also. Did you buy a extended compressor warranty? Lets get the head pressure up and superheat down and you should be OK unless the valves or valve plate is weak. Once you loose the valves, you will have a lower than normal head pressure and a high suction pressure. Compressor just won't pull down anymore. I hope I have been of help to you and ask of you to be kind when rating me. I will be here for you if and when you need me for anything.
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Jul 02, 2010 | Weather King 10AJA6001AH Air Conditioner

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Goodman Condensor cplj48-1 Air handler Modle


It sounds undercharged (needs more refrigerant). Based on the conditions in your post and assuming the indoor humidity is within 20-70% range, your target superheat should be 10degF. Your superheat (assuming you have an R22 system) is far too high. The pressures are not indicating a restriction; therefore, I have to conclude you have a low charge. A low charge will cause a gurgling sound due to the refrigerant in the liquid line is vaporizing prior to reaching the Cap tube at the Air Handler.

I hope you find this information helpful to you moving forward. :-)

May 10, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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I replaced compressor for a hussman refrig and its hums loud


God day,
Some thoughts.
1. Are the evap fan motors running, and at full speed. That would give you abnormally low suction pressure.
2. Cap tube sized too small. or partial restriction in the dryer cap tube/dryer when brazing in the lines.
3. Low ambient. What's the temp the machine is running in.
4. Over sized compressor.
5. Moisture. God, 134A is touchy on that one.
6. Was original cap tube soldered to the suction line to create a heat exchanger. Needed on many apps. Definately would cause flash back on start up.
7. Superheat a little low, should be 12 to 15 degrees.

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13 degree Delta T


I assume r-22 refrigerant by the pressure... you have a saturate temperature of approximately 41 degree and 71 degrees at the service port this equates to a 30 degree superheat. a condenser saturation temperature of 105 degrees and since the liquid line temp at the service valve is not given only the enterin indoor coil on the liquid line a 96 degree temperature this would equate to a subcooling temperatureof about nine degrees. You have too high of a superheat reading. verify that the bulb for the txv is correctly positioned and insulated. if it is then you need to remove the bulb from the suction line, hold it in your hand to warm it up and see if the superheat changes. you could also have issues with your ductwork. If the supply temperture is around 50-55 degrees then the unit is doing all it can.. Check the txv and the ductwork as the subcooling indicates that the condenser side is doing it's job, but the superheat readings indicate that you are starving the evaporator..

Jul 28, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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HOW TO RECHARGE SPLIT TYPE AIR CONDITIONER WITH USING r22


check cooling coil(in door unit)if there ice buil up then feel air vent if no air mean your fin block aready need to clean / air vent ok meant there have a leak .you need r22 test gauge and hose,reamer,tube cutter and flaring kit. 1)check suction pressure(big tube at out door unit) remove 2 way cap and 3 way cap valve then connect blue hose at service port 3 way valve (port locate at left or right depent on manufacturer) you will get pressure about 40-45 psi(air cond is running) then use a allen key(hexagonal wrench) to close 2 way valve(small tube or gas discharge side) wait 1-2 minute then close 3 way valve (suction tube or big tube) IMMEDIATELY SHUT OFF AIRCOND AND PLUG OUT POWER CORD (you need 2 person one at in door unit and the other at out door unit). this method is to keep remaining gas inside the compresser.Then leak check ,open 2 way valve about 90 degree hold it for 10 minute then close it .MEASURE THE PRESSURE keeep it for 5-10 minute. If the pressure indicate not same during the first time measured it meant there have a leakage, for air cond 1- 5 year the leakage will happen at the copper tubing connection and improper flaring .Then U need to clean in door and out door unit ,used a spanner or wrench to losen the copper FLARE NUT at out door unit and in door unit( inside insulation) then use pvc tape to cover all copper pipe/tube hole to prevent dirt go inside tube/pipe. Then lift up out door unit and used coil cleanner ditergent wait 5 minute then flush with water. Remove indoor front panel then disconnect out door unit cable at front panel in door unit then lift up indoor unit to disangage the hook and pull out the indoor unit, then clean the cooling coil ,cover electrical part with plastic .last step u need to cut (used cooper cutter)the copper pipe/tube FLARE NUT connection low side(big tube) and high side(small tube) in door connection and out door connection .Then u need to remove the burr from cut edge using reamer make sure metal powder not goes in Then make a flare after inserting FLARE NUT onto the copper pipes Then U can install back the unit check the low side pressure if the pressure 55-67 psi no need to charge

Jul 03, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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My low side is 90psig and high side 250 psig what is going on


If it is very hot in the house the suction will be high but not that high. If you have a 13 seer inside and a 10 seer outside your suction can be that high if you don't lower fan speed. Does your unit coll ok. Another reason if it is not cooling well is bad valve in compressor but the compressor would going out on internal overload because of getting to hot. If you have TXV metering device it could be stuck open. Check sub cooling. Put a thermometer on the 3/8 line and measure the difference between that temp and the guage temp. Look at your pressure and the temp reading is nest to the pressure. The difference should be between 12 and 16 degrees. Measure Large line temp for superheat difference should be between. 12 and 16 degrees. Feed back please

Jun 13, 2009 | Ruud UAKA042 Air Conditioner

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