Line vibration can cause breaks or cracks in refrigerant lines as shown in the pictures below.
Things that can cause line vibration:
- Loose compressor mounting bolts
- Missing or deteriorated compressor mounting grommets
- Compressor mounting grommets that are too soft (Typical durometer should be in the range of 45-55)
- Compressor slugging refrigerant due to low superheat
- Refrigerant lines that are not secured properly
- Refrigerant lines not fitting together properly or under a mechanical stress
- Compressor internal mechanical issue
- Refrigerant overcharge
How to correct line vibration
The easiest way to solve a line vibration issue is with a line weight. The rule of thumb on line weight location is to put the line weight where the line seems to have maximum vibration. A few Trane line weights with the Trane aftermarket part number are listed below. If line weights are not available, then pretty much anything will work. A piece of steel can be strapped onto a refrigerant line using hose clamps. A typical line weight is about 2 lbs.
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