How much PRESSURE is that Recovery Tank Designed For?
Most techs know that you shouldn't fill a recovery tank more than 80% with liquid-based refrigerant. Many know that the WC rating stands for “water capacity.” So, you need to adjust for the density of the actual refrigerant rather than just using 80% of WC. I hope most of you know that the TW marking […]
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Do You Need to Be Recovering Into a Vacuum?
This topic came up because I was testing out the new MR45 digital recovery machine. That machine goes off by itself when it hits a 20″ Hg vacuum. It's a cool feature, but it is good to know when that level of vacuum is overkill and when it's not enough according to EPA requirements. You […]
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Calculate Recovery Tank Fill the Easy Way
Recovering refrigerant sounds like an easy task at first, especially with digital recovery machines and large hoses at our disposal. Unfortunately, we all know that filling the tanks is more complicated than it seems.  If you want to recover refrigerant and store it in a tank safely, you’re going to have to do some math. […]
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Recovery Tank Capacity
  To start, I'm going to cut straight to the part that most of you want to know. This information is based on calculations I have done personally based on typical Mastercool DOT tanks, but feel free to come to your own conclusions based on your own calculations. I prefer to stay on the safe […]
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Weighing Refrigerant In and Out
If you don't use a scale every time you add or remove refrigerant, I suggest you begin doing so immediately, if not sooner. Weighing in while charging is fairly obvious, and it's useful so you can keep track of what you are using and how much to charge a customer. When you have a system […]
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Replacing a Piston w/ TXV and Evacuation
We get a lot of questions about both evacuation procedure and TXVs so last week we produced videos on both topics, including: • Before and after testing of piston vs. TXV • Using the Bluvac Measurequick app • Use of core remover tools for evacuation • Flowing nitrogen • creating an external equalizer port and […]
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Refrigerant Recovery Practices
Recovery is the removal of refrigerant from a system to either store and send in for recycling or to reintroduce back into the same system. Here are some top tips – Make sure your tank is empty and evacuated to 300 microns if you plan to return the refrigerant back into the system. Never mix […]
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