Manitoba Please help. "Professional let down"

Discussion in 'Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by FrankensteinGEO, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. FrankensteinGEO

    FrankensteinGEO New Member

    25yr old unit. Open loop. So this all started about a year and a half ago. We noticed the bill was quite a bit higher than it should be. So after pulling out the multimeter and Doing some testing I noticed the start capacitor was toast(holding my breath and fingers crossed) I replaced it but the compressor was seized(was run low on refrigerant). Oh well. So I began my long quest to resolve the issue. After many hours on the phone only one contractor would take the job. So we replaced the compressor and it was unsuccessful. I'm a little rough of recollection but I replaced all the water lines to and from the unit and added a balancing valve and temperature probes. Well doing that I discovered refrigerant in the water lines(leak in the coaxil). At this point I'm realizing I have some issues. So trying to resolve this quickly( this is already 6 to 8 weeks into no heat in minus 30 degrees Celsius.) I opt to replace the coaxial,the reversing valve, and the expansion valve. So basically we replaced everything but the heat exchanger in the ducting. They made multiple trips over the next 2 to 4 weeks. All the refrigerant lines were freezing up and the coil was icing over. So we replaced the expansion valve. Still to no avail the system kept freezing up. So the owner came out and opened the valve as wide open as it would go and added more refrigerant for the 3rd time it seemed to run ok.( not great but it ran with out turning to a brick of ice) and now just over a year later I noticed it sounded just a little off. So I checked it and it was more frozen than it as ever. I don't believe this to be an airflow problem(cleaned the system twice ). It ran just fine without icing for many years until "they fixed it". Just my opinion it is due to lack of professionalism and knowledge. Not knowing how to size a systems components properly or the charge needed(possibly combined with a small leak..?). ANY help of advice would be appreciated.

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  2. FrankensteinGEO

    FrankensteinGEO New Member

    This issue was resolved. Thanks
  3. ChrisJ

    ChrisJ Active Member Forum Leader

    Could you tell us how it was resolved? Thanks
  4. FrankensteinGEO

    FrankensteinGEO New Member

    Well now I feel kinda bad after bad mouthing the people who worked on it. Even though it wasn't completely unjustified I started assuming the worst. It was a water flow issuse. Turned out to be a bad start capacitor in the well pump control box. The contact switch in the box was also acting up and the pressure switch was looking quite rough and my pressure gauge off the tank was giving a false reading so I replaced all of them 100 dollar fix and 20mins of work later she is running just fine. The old Franken Geo has needed lots of love lately. We will keep an eye on her to see what may have cause the start capacitor to blow. Initial thought was until recently the pressure would bleed back into the well due to no check valve installed and the pump has run on and off every 2 minutes s for the past decade or so. But it may also be a the diaphragm tank it only had 7 psi in it. So I popped it back up to where I wanted it and it will be monitored over the next little bit to make sure it is functioning properly.
  5. waterpirate

    waterpirate Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader

    No Worries!
    You came with a problem that seems to be fixed, and we will always be here to help. Please keep us posted about how you get on.
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