With the unit running, check and record the following:
Record this data on an “operator’s maintenance log” like the one shown in Table 17, p. 50. If the operating pressures indicate a refrigerant shortage, measure the system superheat. For guidelines, refer to the “Compressor Start-Up” section.
Important: Do not release refrigerant to the atmosphere! If adding or removing refrigerant is required, the service technician must comply with all federal, state and local laws. Refer to general service bulletin MSCU-SB-1 (latest edition).
Regular coil maintenance, including annual cleaning enhances the unit’s operating efficiency by minimizing the following:
Microchannel (MCHE) Coils
Failure to follow instructions below could result in coil damage. DO NOT use any detergents with microchannel condenser coils. Use pressurized water or air ONLY, with pressure no greater than 600psi.
The recommended cleaning method for microchannel condenser coils is pressurized water or air with a nonpinpoint nozzle and an ECU of at least 180 with pressure no greater than 600 psi. To minimize the risk of coil damage, approach the cleaning of the coil with the pressure washer aimed perpendicular to the face of the coil during cleaning.
Round Tube Plate Fin (RTPF) Coils
To clean refrigerant coils, use a soft brush and a sprayer (either a garden pump-up type or a high-pressure sprayer). A high-quality detergent is also required; suggested brands include “SPREX A.C.”, “OAKITE 161”, “OAKITE 166” and “COILOX”. If the detergent selected is strongly alkaline (ph value exceeds 8.5), add an inhibitor.
Failure to follow all safety instructions below could result in death or serious injury. Coil cleaning agents can be either acidic or highly alkaline and can burn severely if contact with skin occurs. Handle chemical carefully and avoid contact with skin. ALWAYS wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including goggles or face shield, chemical resistant gloves, boots, apron or suit as required. For personal safety refer to the cleaning agent manufacturer’s Materials Safety Data Sheet and follow all recomme
Safe Handling Practices:
Source: Trane (www.trane.com)