Q: What is refrigerant floodback?
Refrigerant floodback is a result of liquid refrigerant returning to the compressor during the running cycle. The oil is diluted with refrigerant to the point it cannot properly lubricate the load bearing surfaces.
Q: What are the signs of refrigerant floodback in an aircooled compressor?
Worn pistons and cylinders; and, no evidence of overheating.
Q: How does refrigerant floodback happen in an air-cooled compressor?
The liquid washes the oil off the pistons and cylinders during the suction stroke causing them to wear during the compression stroke.
Q: What are the signs of refrigerant floodback in a refrigerant-cooled compressor?
The center and rear bearings are worn or seized, there is a dragging rotor and shorted stator, a progressively scored crankshaft, and worn or broken rods.