Country of Origin: United States
I am in the Northeast US and service heavy equipment and Fire Trucks. The fire side of it is mostly volunteer and call outfits (yeah, I'm one of the volunteer fire fighters). I use a Mastercool 69000 recovery unit and I am getting tired of having to replace my filter every time I go to do a job. Just looking for feedback from anyone who has used the yellowjacket Trap, Airsept Recycle Guard, or something like those units for the recovery process. It seems like everyone feels that all you have to do to service and fix an AC system whether its on a bulldozer, excavator, or truck is just pump a few cans of AC Fix Aour Flat into it and problem solved!! Right??!! Oooohhh crap!! That didn't work..........let's call the mechanic and have him fix it!! So, before I go out and spend between $150 and $400........just curious as to the feedback from actual users.
Thanks for your feedback...........and please support your volunteer firefighters!! We do work very hard, spend lots of hours training and maintaining the equipment for little to nothing. It's not a profession, it's a calling.......
Edited: Sat May 31, 2014 at 12:35 PM by Hosedragger
I use recycle guards on both my R12 and R134a setups. It just makes sense to not be pulling sealant or other junk into your recovery equipment.
If you're working on ac systems that are likely and/or known to contain sealant, I wouldn't touch them without the recycle guard. You make a terrific argument for using them - you have to replace the filter all the time!
Granted, I'm just a DIY, so the amount of use it sees is minimal. I have noticed that I get a little bit of oil out of it, which means less oil in the lines to my gauge set, which is a plus for me as well.
Edited: Sun June 01, 2014 at 12:06 AM by webbch
Refrigerant Identifier and Sealer Identifier has worked well for us.
No need for recycle guard if you use a refrigerant identifier AND sealer identifier AND refuse to work on an "infected" system.
TRB - I imagine the decision to refuse to work on an infected system came after dealing with too many of them. Does the concern go beyond protection of your equipment?
Those cost of disposal of contaminated refrigerant is also a factor. Separate reclaiming equipment as well as sending the contaminated refrigerant off is way to costly to mess with someone using this stuff.
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