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Delfield bay marie M/N 18693pt S/N 65629M

Just changed a bad compressor in this unit it was originally an R-12 unit i replaced it with R-409A and the unit will not get down to temp and the compressor is kicking out on high heat i did clean the condenser coils any ideas?

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Very most likely overcharged on freon. With R-409-A, you can not charge by sight glass. Do the ambient plus 30 method if it is a txv. That will get you close. If it is a cap tube, charge to an evap temp of about 20 degrees. then watch it. Make sure it makes temp and shuts off.
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