The compressor is definitely the heart of the refrigeration circuit. It pumps and pressurizes the refrigerant to move it through the A/C system. Compressors get the job done really hard and run hot, up to quite a few hundred degrees and quite a few hundred pounds per square inch of internal stress. They depend on only a couple of ounces of lubricant to help keep their parts moving. In the event the lubricant is lost due to a leak, or the lubricant breaks down because of contamination, the compressor is not going to final. Sooner or later on, the compressor will phone it quits.
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Probably the most frequent symptom of a compressor failure (aside from no cooling) is often a seized compressor. It’s going to not turn if the magnetic clutch engages, so you could hear squeals of protest from your drive belt. Or, the belt might have presently broken or been thrown off its pulleys.

Reduction of lubrication is unquestionably by far the most widespread lead to of compressor failure. This will take place when there exists a refrigerant leak someplace in the system that allows refrigerant and oil to escape. Typical leak points are hoses, hose and pipe connections (O-rings and flange gaskets), the evaporator, condenser or the compressor shaft seal. An electronic leak detector or dye should be utilized to locate the leak so it could possibly be repaired.

A restriction inside the A/C system can also starve the compressor for oil. Oil circulates together with the refrigerant, so should the orifice tube or expansion valve is blocked it may lead to the compressor to run dry and seize.

Even when a compressor remains to be turning, it could have to be replaced if it is actually leaking, making extreme noise or not functioning accurately. Some compressors are naturally noisier than other people, but loud knocking noises can at times be due to air from the system (the cure right here is always to vacuum purge the system to remove the unwanted air, then to recharge the system with refrigerant). Metallic noises and bearing noise are usually signals the compressor is about to fail.

A fresh compressor might be required if the unit is leaking internally or not making adequate pressure as a result of poor reed valves, worn piston rings, or worn or scored cylinders, and so on.). A worn compressor or one with inner troubles will not have the capacity to develop normal operating pressures that has a full charge of refrigerant. This sort of challenge might be diagnosed with an A/C gauge set.

Poor cooling may also be due to many points aside from a undesirable compressor, so never substitute the compressor right up until you may have ruled out other prospects this kind of as being a reduced refrigerant charge, an excessive amount of oil while in the system, air contamination, a clogged condenser, plugged orifice tube, inoperative electric cooling fan, etc.

Compressor operation is often impacted by sensors in cars with automatic temperature manage systems. Some have an A/C strain transducer (generally mounted in the substantial side line) to monitor refrigerant pressure and shut off the compressor if pressure gets too higher; a compressor temperature sensor to turn off the compressor if it will get as well hot; and/or a compressor rpm sensor to check belt slippage. Mitsubishi, as an example, uses a “belt lock controller” to disengage the compressor if the drive belt slips or even the compressor seizes.

On 1996 and newer Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars, the A/C handle module will disengage the compressor in the event the refrigerant temperature and strain sensors never present a rise once the compressor is staying driven.
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COMPRESSOR CLUTCH Complications
Should the compressor isn’t turning, make sure the magnetic clutch engages when energized. Underlying problems here may perhaps consist of a bad relay, fuse, wiring difficulty or a defective clutch. In the event the clutch fails to cycle on and off once the A/C is turned on, jumping the clutch lead that has a jumper wire in the battery will present in the event the challenge is inside the clutch or elsewhere. When the clutch engages, the trouble could be the clutch power provide (relay, fuse, wiring, switch or control module). Make reference to a wiring diagram and work backward toward the battery to find out why the voltage is not acquiring by means of.

Numerous A/C programs possess a low-pressure cutout switch that prevents the compressor clutch from engaging if system pressure (the refrigerant charge) is as well very low. That is designed to secure the compressor from damage while in the event of the leak. So when the clutch isn’t engaging, check out the refrigerant charge along with the cutout switch. The clutch air gap is likewise vital for appropriate clutch operation. When the clearance is not appropriate, the clutch might slip and melt away or not engage at all. The specs is usually present in a service manual coupled with adjustment procedures. Frequently speaking, most clutches phone for any 0.015 to 0.040 inch press fit clearance.

DEFECTIVE COMPRESSORS?
How frequently do compressors fail as a result of “manufacturing defects?” Not quite usually. In keeping with one compressor manufacturer who examined 75 compressors that had failed and were returned under guarantee, only two were identified to get manufacturing defects. The rest failed on account of difficulties this kind of as too tiny oil inside the system, air within the system, contaminants during the system, or “installer error.” The latter category included using the wrong variety of compressor lubricant, not using ample lubricant, working with non-approved flushes to “clean” system parts, and working with cross-contaminated refrigerants. Debris left over from a past compressor failure was probably the most widespread result in of repeat compressor failures.

Often use the type of lubricant recommended for specific compressors. That is in particular crucial with rotary vane and scroll-type compressors. A replacement compressor may or may not contain lubricant in the factory. In some cases, the shipping oil has to be drained just before the compressor is installed. In other scenarios, the compressor could consist of a POE or PAG lubricant which could or might not be compatible with the vehicle demands. Follow the compressor suppliers installation directions to the letter to prevent warranty issues later on on.

Before including fresh oil to a system, all the old oil must initially be removed. This can avert cross-contamination of lubricants and reduce the threat of overcharging the system with too much oil (which could trigger cooling challenges). Generally refer to the OEM oil capacity chart for that vehicle application. The next can be a list of encouraged lubricants for R-134a import compressors:

Behr/Bosch rotary compressors – Ester 100;
Behr/Bosch piston compressors – PAG 46;
Calsonic V5 – PAG 150;
Calsonic V6 – PAG 46;
Diesel/Kiki (Zexel) DKS, DKV & DCW – PAG 46;
Hitachi (all) – PAG 46;
Keihin (all) – PAG 46;
Matsushita (all) – Ester 100;
Mitsubishi FX80 – PAG 100;
Mitsubishi FX105 – PAG 46;
Nihon (all) – Ester 100;
Nippondenso 6P, 10P, 10PA, 10P08E – PAG 46;
Nippondenso SP127, SP134 & 6E171 – PAG 46;
Nippondenso TV series – PAG 125;
Panasonic (all) – PAG 46;
Sanden SD500 & SD700 – PAG 100;
Sanden SD710, SDB, TV & TRS – PAG 46; and
Seik-Seiki (all) – Ester 100.

FLUSHING AFTER A COMPRESSOR FAILURE
When a compressor fails, it may spit metallic debris into the A/C system. Most of this debris ends up in the condenser where it may block tubes and interfere with efficient cooling. Some of your debris may well be carried for the orifice tube or expansion valve and create a blockage. Debris can even be blown back into the suction tube. If not removed by flushing, it could be sucked back into a fresh compressor and result in it to fail.

Flushing the hoses is normally proposed following a compressor failure. Flushing the condenser is also recommended. But with many condensers, replacement will be the only sure-fire way to get rid of contaminants. Older serpentine-style tube-and-fin condensers can generally be flushed successfully, but parallel flow condensers are pretty difficult to clean. So as well are newer style condensers with extremely small extruded tubes. For these kinds of applications, the condenser should be replaced. It really is expensive, but not as expensive as ruining a fresh compressor due to residual debris or sludge inside the old condenser.

After flushing, install an in-line filter after the condenser to trap any debris that might even now be within. The filter will stop anything that works loose from getting carried to the orifice tube.

You ought to also install a filter screen while in the suction hose at the compressor inlet to guard the new compressor from any debris that might be upstream within the suction hose or evaporator.

Another reason for flushing would be to remove residual oil from the system. This can be necessary when retrofitting an older R-12 system towards the new ozone-safe R-134a refrigerant, but it can be also a good way to make sure the system contains the right amount of oil. Simply adding oil towards the system to change that which has been lost is really a guess at best, since there is no way to know how considerably has been lost due to leakage. Estimating a couple of ounces here and there for replacing an accumulator, receiver/drier, condenser, compressor or hoses just isn’t a really accurate means of determining how substantially oil needs to become added to the system when it is recharged with refrigerant. Flushing gets rid of the many oil so the exact amount specified by the motor vehicle producer is usually added back on the system.

What happens if there is as well minor or too much compressor oil inside the system? Not enough oil while in the system will cut down compressor lubrication and may well lead to premature failure. Excessive oil while in the system can puddle in the condenser and obstruct the flow of refrigerant causing a drop in cooling performance.

Other parts that should really also be replaced following a compressor failure include the accumulator or receiver/dryer, and the orifice tube or expansion valve. The former contains a bag of desiccant that traps moisture and acts as being a filter to safeguard the system. A new orifice tube or expansion valve is advisable simply because the small hole in this metering device can become easily plugged with debris. An aftermarket “variable orifice tube” can improve low-speed cooling.

EVACUATING & RECHARGING THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
After the compressor has been put in and the hoses are reconnected, the A/C system must be thoroughly evacuated by using a vacuum pump to pull out air and moisture. If not purged in the system, air will cut down cooling efficiency. Moisture will react with refrigerant oil and produce acids and sludge. Moisture also can freeze and plug the expansion valve causing noise, restrictions or even a complete blockage.

A pump capable of achieving high vacuum have to be utilised to pull out all in the contaminants. When air is pulled out of your system, it creates a vacuum that causes residual moisture to boil and evaporate. For this to occur, the vacuum pump has to be capable of pulling at least 29 in. Hg of vacuum throughout the evacuation process (which normally takes about 30 minutes).

One of your best ways to keep track of the evacuation process is using a Thermistor Vacuum Gauge that reads in microns (one inch of Mercury equals 25,400 microns). It takes a highly accurate instrument to measure vacuum because even a very little pressure left during the system can stop each of the residual moisture from boiling out. Only a 1/2 inch of mercury of stress (12,700 microns) can decrease the boiling point of water by more than 20 degrees F. Pulling out the final fraction of an inch of strain is the most critical step in the evacuation process to ensure complete removal of all air and moisture.

After pulling a deep vacuum on an A/C system, close all valves and shut off the vacuum pump. A slow rise in stress (which you can see on the Thermistor Vacuum Gauge) will occur as the residual moisture continues to boil off in the system. Pulling additional vacuum will get rid of this moisture. The evacuation is not going to be complete right up until the system can maintain a stable vacuum reading below 700 microns for at least three minutes.

The time it takes to completely evacuate an A/C system is often reduced by preconditioning the evaporator prior to hooking up the vacuum pump. Preconditioning raises the temperature so the moisture will boil off faster. The easiest way to raise the temperature of your evaporator is to run the engine with all the heater on HOT in the RECIRC mode. Turn the blower fan to HI and close all doors and windows. Once the engine reaches typical operating temperature, the evaporator will be thoroughly preheated and ready to evacuate.

If you’ve got difficulty maintaining a stable deep vacuum, there may be a leak during the A/C system, the vacuum pump or the equipment connections. Leak testing ought to be done prior to evacuating the system because evacuation isn’t constantly a reliable way to locate or even identify a small leak in an A/C system. Seals and O-rings that leak under stress may move underneath evacuation and not leak.

Finally, recharge the system with the advisable amount of refrigerant and compressor oil. Don’t overcharge and tend not to add a lot of oil. Examine cooling performance to verify that everything is doing work properly and the new compressor is doing its job.

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