Author Topic: Vintage 1950's Hotpoint Relay/ overload  (Read 4083 times)

Offline jumptrout51

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Re: Vintage 1950's Hotpoint Relay/ overload
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2012, 04:35:56 PM »
A normal pressure on this box working correctly would be 5-7 psi.
A warm box charge would be 12-15 as mentioned above.
R-12 is still available although very expensive.
If the system is low the leak would have to be found and repaired.
If it is a bad compressor,the compressor and filter drier could be changed out to a R134a system.
Your HVAC buddy may not like it,but he can do it.
He can install a temporary bullet valve to check pressure.
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Re: Vintage 1950's Hotpoint Relay/ overload
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2012, 04:18:30 AM »
I leak check with a sniffer (get close), soap bubbles (narrow it down), or UV dye kit for the super small leaks (months).  Finding a leak visually can be near impossible, unless it is a huge leak.

I have worked in a few companies that use R414A or R414B as direct replacement for both R12 and R134.  That means either gas can replace BOTH R12 and R134A.  It seems to work fine.  I have also used them in new R134A systems without any issues. 

These gases are nice because you only have to carry one tank of refrigerant for all cases.
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Re: Vintage 1950's Hotpoint Relay/ overload
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2012, 10:06:25 AM »
When the compressor shuts down feel it. If it is too hot to touch then that relay is bad.
If it was low on gas it would run all the time. Try bypassing the thermostat to see if the ice box gets colder. If it does you need a new thermostat. If it don't then you know you might need to add a shot of freon in there. If you add too much she gonna lock down. The whole ice box only contains around 4 ounces or 1/3rd of a 12 oz can of freon from the automotive store. Any more than that and you gonna choke her down. Use some 12 if you can. It is still around and can be bought at O'Reily's auto parts IF you have card. Your HVAC buddy should have a freon card. Get him to buy a can. The last one I saw was at NAPA and that was $48 for a 12 oz can. That was a while back though  ::)
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Re: Vintage 1950's Hotpoint Relay/ overload
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2012, 10:23:35 AM »
Last summer I worked on a freezer which was not getting cold enough. Freezers and refrigerators both get charged the same way. They have different thermostats is all. Anyway I took a few photos of the repair:
 
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