Figure 6-58. - The liquid recovery method.
external storage cylinder is not overfilled. Eighty percent capacity is normal. If the recovery unit is equipped with a sight-glass indicator, any changes that may occur should be noted.
The process of cleaning refrigerant for reuse by oil separation and single or multiple passes through filter-driers which reduce moisture, acidity, and matter is called "recycling." In the past, refrigerant was typically vented into the atmosphere. Modern technology has developed equipment to enable reuse of old, damaged, or previously used refrigerant. Refrigerant removed from a system cannot be simply reused - it must be clean. Recycling in the field as performed by most recycling machines reduces the contaminants through oil separation and filtration. Normally recycling is accomplished during the recovery of the vapor or liquid refrigerant by use of equipment that does both recovery and recycling of refrigerant.
Recycling machines use either the single-pass or multiple-pass method of recycling. The single-pass method (fig. 6-59) processes refrigerant through a filter-drier and/or uses distillation. It makes only one pass through the recycling process to a storage cylinder. The multiple-pass method (fig. 6-60) recirculates refrigerant through the filter-drier many times, and after a period of time or number of cycles, the refrigerant is transferred to a storage cylinder.
Figure 6-59. - Single-pass method of recycling.Continue Reading