RE: I have a question regarding testing in lower outdoor temperatures.

I have a question regarding testing in lower outdoor temperatures.  We are located in New Jersey and typically try to start our maintenances in April when the outdoor temperatures are less than favorable.  We are using the Fieldpiece charging jacket and asking customers to bring the home temperature up to 74 degrees prior to our arrival.  Will testing without gauges method still be accurate?

scottdesch Rookie Asked on March 27, 2018 in Residential HVAC.
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Yeah my company does the exact same thing, getting a jump on the 13k spring tune ups to make the most when hot weather gets here.
What we do is only do the spring service on heat pumps- as it is registered equipment in our system. Probably not as many heat pumps in NJ. BUT Like today it was 52°, And we do get a straight AC sometimes. We check pressures, don’t look too far into what the charge is telling us unless it’s flat or unusually lower pressures than we’ve been seeing most the day. I’ll tell the customer that everything looks good and write in invoice “cold weather ptu”. We waive diagnostic fee if they call us out later that summer. If there is an issue then we reschedule a month later when we expect it to be warmer.
Hope this helps some.

Rookie Answered on March 30, 2018.
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