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Doesn't cool. Compressor and fans working. Low on refrigerant-accessed the refrigeration system, and put R134 gauges on access valve and we are reading zero pounds of pressure. Should we consider a new refrigeration unit because leak is not obvious and not completely empty? Very difficult to find the leak. If we need a new unit, how can we get it?

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SOURCE: with compressor running, low side pressure starts

Wow, it would seem like you have a leak there on the low side. You add and it goes goes back to equal on the low side again. The gauge could be off just a bit. Have you pulled a vacum test on the unit? Sounds like you should pull everything out, vacum and the weigh in the correct charge at this point assuming that you do not have a leak or can find and fix it.

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Have it checked on how much refrigerant yo have left before deciding on the purchase of a new unit or recharging it. The cost may be far and from there you can decide on which is more practical. It may also just be a faulty thermostat.

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