Can refrigerant be saved??

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Old 02-19-15, 03:09 PM
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Can refrigerant be saved??

Having a new TXV valve installed in my heat pump - outside unit. Contractor is charging about $450 to replace all refrigerant. Seems the system is still full of refrigerant, just a faulty TXV. Can the refrigerant be recovered? Do I really need to pay $450 just to replace the refrigerant?

Any thoughts from those more knowledgable would be appreciated.
 
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Old 02-19-15, 03:15 PM
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Can the refrigerant be recovered?
By law the refrigerant MUST be recovered.
 
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Old 02-19-15, 03:21 PM
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So can it be reused in my system rather than paying for new? I've been given an estimate of $950 total to replace a TXV valve. That just feels strong to me.
 
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Old 02-19-15, 03:37 PM
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I don't get involved with repairs like that. I mostly do electrical and troubleshooting. My partner, Houston, may have a better answer on price.

You could ask them what they plan on doing with the refrigerant they are recovering and how it figures into the bill.

I'm guessing R-22 here ?
 
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I cant speak to differences in location, but I am in Canada and was quoted $150 to recover and weigh in 4 lbs of new 410a. Hope that helps give some perspective.
 
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Right now.... R-22 is at a premium which may be why the high price.
 
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Old 02-19-15, 05:41 PM
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The refrigerant must be recovered & may be put back into your system. When replacing a compressor, most manufacturers specify the system must be recharged with virgin refrigerant but I've never heard of such a thing just for a TXV.
 
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Old 02-20-15, 02:10 PM
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I have recovered refrigerant that looks like black shaving cream into tanks in years past. I would have to wonder how well these tanks are cleaned before they return them to us.

New refrigerant is less of a gamble.
 
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