The cap does not keep the charge in. It is just like the little
black cap on your car tire. The Schroeder valve keeps the gas in
or lets it leak.
These split systems are designed for a life expectancy of about 15
years. Yours is almost twice that age. Be glad. As others have
said, it is long past time for some fresher equipment.
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
get out of the system it leaked out due to a problem(leak in the
system)... he just added some freon to the system and it lasted the next
year... if he wouuld corrected the leak then you would have been here
complaining about the cost of taking the freon out, brazing the leak or
putting a new valve on the system and then having to vacuum the system
and then putting some more freon in it....
Did he screw you ? Probably not, so when was the last time you
had your regular yearly checkup ,,,,,,,,
;; Answer ;;;;;;
Never.... So wake up Dumb Ass, here it is ,,,, your maintenance
and repair all in one , Bozo m a F tard
Could be that the cap has nothing to do with it.
As Joseph just said, but allow me to gently rephrase: You have a
leak in your system, it's likely it was there the day the guy
charged it, it sounds like he did absolutely nothing to tell you
about it or try to fix it. He screwed you, but not in the way
Fundamental AC rule: It's a *sealed* system. It does not need
charged under normal conditions.
TP / Network Man __________________________________
If u want the races for free,
That cap you are bitching about? It is NOT there to seal anything in.
It is there to keep dirt from clogging the service port. It could be made of
glass, rubber, plastic, or brass, as long as it kept dirt out of the service
You fail to realize that you have a leak ELSEWHERE in the unit, hence your
need for a slight recharge..something you should never need unless you have
OF course, its 27 years old..when was the last time you have had the coils
serviced? Many techs overlook a dirty evap coil, or blower when charging,
and then guyslike me that know what to look for, end up removing part of the
charge later in the season, and cleaning the units.
For 2 years, I'd go out to a ladies house because she had a leak. It wasn't
a regular schedule, just once or twice the first year and once the second
year. I did everything to find the leak, pumping it down and putting 200
pounds of nitrogen on the line set and coil. I pulled the coil and sprayed
it down with soap solution after using a borrowed H-10(The best electronic
leak detector out there). I tried every trick in the book
I gave up. I told her that a nail had grazed the suction side of the line
set inside a wall or something. I really didn't have a clue.
Then I took the gauge set off. It seems that the valve core was leaking
slightly, just enough to drop the charge to being too low. I replaced the
core and we were both happy.
That was almost 10 years ago. I still go out and service her equipment and
she still asks about the valve core leak.
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Sounds like you have a slow leak. I have a system that needs about 12oz of
R22 every year. Nobody can find the leak, and it only seems to leak during
the heating season!
Leak detectors, dye... none help.
You didn't lose R22 the first time without a leak. Sounds like the leak is
still there. The issue is finding it, the cost of finding/repairing it vs
to cost of recharging it vs the cost of a new unit.
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All HVAC are idiots. They are usually high school dropouts who, when
faced with the choice of welfare or HVAC, chose HVAC since they could
make more money ripping off customers while still doing the same
amount of work had they been collecting welfare checks.
In general I agree, but I have a HVAC fellow who is a degreed mechanical
engineer who I have personally observed design numerous rather novel
heat transfer system. He just prefers the ability to operate his own
business and be outside most of time. It makers me feel good as he
pulls out a tattered pressure-enthalpy diagram when he charges my air
Just because that's what you do, does not mean the rest of them are like
you. Most are professional, know what they are doing and well worth what
they receive. Like every profession, there are some who don't measure up,
which is why everyone should check out anyone they hire.
As for myself, I'm 41 years old, and have a two year college
degree. I've not been unemployed for more than a week or so
since the age of 19. I've also never collected government
money in any form. Perhaps there are a few exceptions to
your blanket statement?
Okay, I called the tech out. He checked the inside unit then to the outside
unit and put his gauges on the ports and found it to be low. He did find the
valve was leaking. He said that he loosend the core and retightend and it
was not leaking now. He checked with a spray bottle of what looked like a
soap solution. He put the aluminum cap on the high side and the brass one on
the low side telling me the low side sweats and the aluminum tends to
corrode. He also told me those caps are the flare type that don't need the
rubber inside to make a good seal.
I was down one pound of refrigerant. The service call was only $63. It cools
like a champ now!
Well, if the guy screwed you, he's probably gay. If you had fun, then
you are gay too. If not, either find a woman, or admit the AC
repairman was better than no sex at all.
Since this all happened late last summer, you are probably due to be
screwed again. I'd call him back and tell him you want more !!!
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