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What would cause excessive pressure on the high side of an A C system?

Last Updated: 25th February, 2020

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Overcharging of the system is usually caused due to an excess of refrigerant in the system. It can also be because of excess oil in the system. To test for an overcharge system, you would need to measure the pressure of the system.

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Simply so, what should high side AC pressure be?

The low-side should be near 30 PSI at 90 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Pressure that is too much lower or higher shows there is a problem. On a properly working system, high-side pressure will be about twice the ambient temperature, plus 50 PSI.

Similarly, what should the gauges read on 134a? For a low pressure gauge, a reading of 25 pounds per square inch (psi)to 40 psi is optimum. On the other hand, a high pressure gauge should read between 225 psi and 250 psi.

Correspondingly, what are the symptoms of an overcharged AC system?

In summary, there are seven symptoms or telltale signs of a system that has too much refrigerant.

  • High discharge temp.
  • High subcooling in the condenser.
  • High pressures in the condenser.
  • Higher condenser splits.
  • Normal-to-high evaporator pressures.
  • Normal superheats.
  • High compression ratio.

Which is high side low side on AC?

The high side, or discharge line, will be the line connected to the compressor from the bottom or lower position. It will not be wrapped in insulation and will be warm to the touch. This is where freon exits the compressor as a liquid.

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What does it mean when the low side is high and the high side is low?

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What happens if I overfill my Freon?

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What happens when a capillary tube system is overcharged?

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Why is my AC blowing hot air after recharge?

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What would be the symptoms of too much superheat?

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Can overcharging AC damage compressor?

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65° 25-35 psi 135-155 psi

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