SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Reverse cycle compressor leak
 Not a Member? 

Thread: Reverse cycle compressor leak Reply to Thread

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

Topic Review (Newest First)
02-17-2013 07:57 PM
Re: Reverse cycle compressor leak

It may be low on refrigerant but that's not a reason to replace it. How old is it? Did it just start heating less?

Check the Water flow through the condenser, blockage of intake, algae in the coil, pump, etc. Check the temp of the water in and out. should be 10-15 colder in heat, and 10-15 warmer in. cool. Also, the coil with the fan should have about the same temp differences.

If you have the unit information, we can possibly find a temp/pressure chart unique to your unit and we wouldn't have use "rule of thumb" parameters. 410A or R22?

If you put it in the cool cycle the ice should melt. You'll also want to make sure the H/X isn't split from the ice too.
02-17-2013 06:42 PM
Re: Reverse cycle compressor leak

Thanks for the response Denise.
so you are saying that is normal? Yes it was in heat mode and hasn't been heating as well as it has in the past. The water temp is in the high 50's, I'm at Texoma. I just thought it looked like a leak because it appears to be forming at the top and building up as it goes down. I'm referring to the formation on the left side. I'm no refrigeration guy, that's why I ask. What else could cause it to not be heating as well?
02-17-2013 05:04 PM
Re: Reverse cycle compressor leak

Um... why do you think you have a leak? Refrigerant leak? If it's in the heating cycle the condenser will ice up because it becomes the evaporator. I'm guessing your incoming water is close to freezing? The coil will try to reduce the water temp by about 10 degrees colder in the heating cycle. and warmer in cooling cycle.
Because it's iced up it means the compressor is able to "pull down" the "low side" and you most likely don't need a new unit. You need warmer water coming in if it's not. 42 degrees or warmer.
Hope this helps a little, The difference is only that your using sea water instead of a loop, well, or closed loop in these diagrams.

02-17-2013 03:32 PM
Reverse cycle compressor leak

Looks like I've got a leak. Is there a product to stop the leak or does the unit need to be replaced?

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:23 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.