Proper Care and Maintenance for Tube Cutters: How to Replace a Dull Blade

What is a Tube Cutter?

The best way to cut tubes at various lengths is by using a tube cutter. This is a handheld tool with rotating cutting blades that can cut a long piece of tube into two or more parts. A tube cutter is commonly used for creating custom piping systems in both residential and commercial buildings, for industrial plumbing or processing lines in fluid transfer systems, for waste water treatment, for gas handling, and for heating and cooling systems. Its parts include a curved jaw housing, a blade, and a handle which allows you to hold the tube in the cutter’s jaws and rotate the entire cutter around it.

Proper Care and Maintenance for Tube Cutters 

Select the Correct Cutter

In order to make a clean cut, you should choose the appropriate tube cutter to fit your needs. Selecting the specific type depends on the material, diameter, and thickness of your tube. Smaller tube cutters are used to manually cut pipes made of plastic and copper. Heavier duty tube cutters, which are often electrically, pneumatically, or hydraulically powered, offer precise cutting control and cutting speed regulation for large-diameter plastic pipes. Each type has its own particular features suited for the intended job, so make sure you are using the correct one.

Clean Tools Regularly

At the end of each job, make it a point to clean your tube cutter. Use a cleaning agent and a wire brush to gently clean the feed screw, rollers, and most importantly, the cutting blade. Doing so prevents your blade from losing its sharpness.

Lubricate

While a cleaning agent is effective in thoroughly cleaning your cutter, using it could lead to your tool becoming dry. When dry, your cutter becomes weaker and you will likely have a hard time making that clean cut. Don’t forget to lubricate the feed screw, slide, rollers and cutting blades with a suitable lubricating oil after cleaning them.

Store Properly

To prolong the lifespan of your cutter and prevent the blade from easily becoming dull, ensure that your tool is stored properly after each use. Always hang your tube cutters in a warm, dry area if possible. To avoid accidents, store them inside a cabinet, out of reach of children.

Inspect the Cutting Blade Frequently

Aside from cleaning and lubricating your cutter, you must examine it closely after every job. Check for any damages on the body, the feed screw, and the rollers. When it comes to the blade, don’t forget to inspect for proper tracking and sharpness. It is very important to verify that the blade isn’t blunt or chipped before use. Keep in mind that while a tube cutter’s blade is made of stainless steel, it shouldn’t be used to cut pipes made of hard materials like iron or steel.

How to Replace the Blade

For manual tube cutters:

  1. Unscrew the dull blade.
  2. Carefully remove it from the cutter.
  3. Insert the new blade and screw it in.

For power tube cutters:

When it comes to power cutters, there is no need for a screwdriver since the blade is simply attached with a pin. All you have to do is push the blade removal switch. Once the old blade is released, carefully remove and replace with a new one. To secure the new blade, simply release the removal switch in order to lock it in place.

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Can’t cut through tubes like you used to? Your blades might need some replacing! Magic-Aire carries Proex tube cutter blades in two sizes: small and big. You can purchase them at very affordable prices on our website: https://magic-aire.com/product-category/tools/tube-blade/. For inquiries and updates on our other products, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magicaireindustries.

Flare Fitting with Soft Copper Tubing: A Leak-Free Solution to Difficult-to-Solder Joints

What is a Flare Fitting?

Flare fitting is a type of compression fitting which uses metal tubing, usually soft, ductile steel, copper, or aluminum. It is an excellent alternative to solder-type joints as it is mechanically separable and does not require the use of an open flame. In a flare fitting, the tube itself is being “flared,” which means it is expanded and/or deformed. The flare is then pressed into the fitting and secured with a flare nut to prevent any leakage. A flare connection provides long-term reliability and is thus the number one fitting of choice for mission-critical cases and harder-to-reach locations. 

Why Soft Copper Tubing?

Unlike hard copper which is rigid, soft copper is malleable and can be easily bent according to one’s desired shape and size. As flare fitting requires flexible tubing, soft copper becomes the only type of copper tubing suitable for this use. It also provides high reliability as the copper material is corrosion-resistant, can withstand high temperatures, and has good electrical conductivity. Soft copper tubing usually comes in rolls 25 or 50 feet long with an outside diameter (OD) ranging between ⅛ inch to 1 ⅜ inch. Because of its flexibility and length, it is also the top choice for refrigerant lines in split-type air conditioners and heat pumps.

How to Make a Flare Connection

What you will need:

  • Flaring tool
  • Flare nut
  • Flare union
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Soft copper tube

  • Flare the tubing ends.
  • Place the flare nut close to the end being flared.
  • Find the hole in the flaring bar of your flaring tool that matches the outside diameter of your tube.
  • Insert the soft copper tube into the hole.
  • Adjust the height of the tube and the hole opening accordingly to achieve sufficient flare length.
  • Clamp the tool onto the tube.
  • Align the compression cone to the tubing’s end and turn the handle to tighten the screw. This process flares the end of your tube.
  • Remove the tube from the flaring bar and inspect your work carefully.
  • Assemble.
  • Connect the flared end of your tube into the flare union.
  • Slide the nut down and tighten.
  • Test for leaks.
  • With one adjustable wrench placed on the flare nut and another one on the flare union, tighten the flared joint. 
  • Make sure not to overtighten.
  • Once snug, give the nut and the union a half-turn each.
  • To test, pour water into the tube.
  • If the joint leaks, adjust the tightness until the leak stops.

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Magic-Aire carries soft copper tubing of varying lengths for all your HVAC needs. You can check out the available options on our website: https://magic-aire.com/product-category/copper-rollpipes/soft-copper-tubes/. For inquiries and updates on our other products, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magicaireindustries.

What are Tube Cutters?

Meet the VALUE Tube Cutters

What are Tube Cutters?

As the name suggests, tube cutters are used to cut tubes at various lengths. They are handheld tools with rotating cutting blades or wheels that can cut a long piece of tube into two or more parts. Tube cutters are typically used for creating custom piping systems in both residential and commercial buildings, for industrial plumbing or processing lines in fluid transfer systems, for waste water treatment, for gas handling, and for heating and cooling systems.

Their parts include a curved jaw housing, a blade, and a handle which allows you to hold the tube in the cutter’s jaws and rotate the entire cutter around it. Tube cutters can be used manually or powered electrically, pneumatically, and hydraulically. Selecting the specific type of cutter depends on the material, diameter, and thickness of your tube.

How to Use a VALUE Tube Cutter to Cut Copper Pipes

Copper tubes are typically used in heating systems and refrigerant lines of HVAC (heating, cooling, and air conditioning) systems. The tubes act as a path for the refrigerant to pass through from one system component to another, preventing it from leaking out. Because they are corrosion-resistant, they provide the most reliable connections and are thus a top choice for many HVAC applications.

Knowing how to cut copper tubes using the proper tools is a truly valuable asset. VALUE’s range of tube cutters is trusted by many professionals in the field. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use a VALUE tube cutter to cut your copper pipes:

  1. Measure your pipe and mark the spot where you are going to make your cut.
  2. Position the pipe in the tube cutter and tighten the blade around it. It must be a snug fit—not too tight, otherwise the pipe could bend.
  3. Give the pipe a few turns then pull it out to inspect it. You should find a groove cut around its circumference.
  4. Slide the pipe back through the tube cutter, aligning the groove cut with the blade. Tighten it once more until you get a snug fit.
  5. Twist and put pressure on the pipe until it is cut.
  6. Once the copper pipe is cut, shave any burrs or raised lips left on the inside.
  7. Sand the pipe until smooth then rinse it to ensure that no filings or metal residues would enter your system.

Different Sizes of VALUE Tube Cutters

All VALUE tube cutters feature a high-quality blade made of alloy tool steel, a sturdy adjustment knob, and a reliable ball bearing. All variations can be used to easily cut through copper pipes. They vary according to size and application.

VTC-19

  • Application – inch scale 1/8″ ÷ 3/4″
  • Application – metric scale 4 ÷ 19 mm

VTC-32

  • Application – inch scale 1/8″ ÷ 1 1/4″
  • Application – metric scale 4 ÷ 32 mm

VTC-42

  • Application – inch scale 1/4″ ÷ 1-5/8″
  • Application – metric scale 6 ÷ 42 mm

VTC-70

  • Application – inch scale 1/4″ ÷ 2-5/8″
  • Application – metric scale 6 ÷ 67 mm

 


Here at Magic-Aire, you can purchase authentic, high-quality VALUE tube cutters of varying sizes to match your needs. Add them to your cart by visiting our website. For inquiries and updates on our other products, you can follow us on Facebook.

How to Spot a Counterfeit Copeland Compressor

Copeland Compressors

The compressor is an essential component of your HVAC/R system. It moves the refrigerant to and fro the evaporator and condenser coils, converting the refrigerant to gas or liquid form as needed. You can think of the compressor as the heart of your cooling system and the refrigerant as the blood that it pumps in and out.

Copeland has long been at the forefront of compression technology. Since its establishment in 1927, the brand has been producing efficient, reliable and regulation-ready compressors. With more than 170 million installations all over the globe, you will likely find a Copeland compressor in the HVAC/R systems that many homeowners and businesses rely upon.

Copeland Scroll Compressor – ZR125KC-TF5-522, available at Magic-Aire. The Copeland Scroll commercial ZR compressor is known for its superior efficiency and performance. It has an ASTP (Advanced Scroll Temperature Protection) feature which protects the compressor from high discharge temperatures. It also has a light, compact design that allows for easy installation and maintenance.

Copeland is particularly known for its vast line of scroll compressors that range from 1-60HP. When installing a Copeland scroll compressor, you are guaranteed to benefit from years of scroll compressor innovation and expertise. You are sure that you are getting the highest quality–a compressor with superior efficiency and reliability, easy installation, and wide horsepower capacity range in low-, medium- and extended-medium temperature equipment. If you’re on a tighter budget, it may be tempting to purchase a counterfeit compressor that promises the same performance quality as Copeland. However, you must remember that there are dangers to buying the cheap, fake version.

How to Spot a Counterfeit

To make it easier for you to spot a counterfeit, Copeland has put certain authentication mechanisms in place, one of which includes serialization. You may look for a unique serial code on the compressor body and crosscheck it with the one provided in the official Copeland™ Mobile Application. This app has a Serial Number Search/Scan/Authentication feature which provides authentication of product model number. If they do not match, you most likely have a fake unit. You could also look for authentication stickers showing a holographic Copeland logo stamped on your compressor.

Aside from these mechanisms, there is also a less complex way to help you determine if you have an original or a fake compressor. One main thing to look out for is the color. Copeland compressors are all black. If you are being offered a “Copeland” compressor in another shade, you might need to do a double take.

When shopping for compressors, you must also be aware that there are resellers who refurbish old Copeland compressors, replacing original parts with off-brand components, and selling them off as brand new. Refurbishing makes it harder for you to spot a counterfeit–as you’re dealing with a compressor with a legitimate outer shell. The best way to prevent yourself from buying a fake is purchasing only from a reputable HVAC/R dealer like Magic-Aire.

Dangers of Buying a Counterfeit

While a counterfeit does offer you a lower cost, the performance quality is incomparable to the Copeland original. It does not provide you with the exact same quality, efficiency, and performance. To keep the purchasing cost low, a counterfeit is most likely made from cheaper materials, which increases the risk of your compressor breaking down. When this happens, shopping for replacement parts is a lot more challenging. There is always the possibility that these replacement parts will not work nor properly fit your unit, which ultimately prompts you to replace the entire thing.

A counterfeit compressor has a significantly lower life span than the original. It is not as durable. It will likely run into performance problems which leads you to buy a replacement counterfeit one after another. This only increases the total amount you spend in the long run.

To avoid these dangers, be careful when shopping for your compressor. Follow the aforementioned authentication steps and steer clear of unknown resellers online and offline. It is always best to purchase from an official distributor like Magic-Aire, who can easily help you verify the authenticity of all HVAC/R products you buy.

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Magic-Aire is the official distributor of authentic, high-quality compressors from top HVAC/R brands like Copeland. To check out the range of ORIGINAL compressors we offer, you may visit our website. For inquiries and updates on our other products, you can follow us on Facebook.

Brand Feature: REFCO

Our goal at Magic-Aire is to become your one-stop-shop for all air conditioning and refrigeration needs. To expand our product line, we are partnering with top global brands in the market. Currently, we are the official Philippine distributor of REFCO, a leading company in the HVAC-R industry.

Since its founding in 1972, REFCO has been developing and manufacturing the highest quality tools and accessories for the professional refrigeration and air conditioning industry. They began by producing analogue manifolds and later expanded their product line to include pressure gauges, hoses, vacuum pumps, suction devices, condensate pumps and various installation tools. As a traditional Swiss company with production facilities in Switzerland, REFCO has always taken pride in prioritizing the needs of customers, producing innovative technologies in ways they best see fit, and enabling fast and efficient delivery of products to worldwide distribution partners including Magic-Aire in the Philippines.

 

What REFCO products can you shop for at Magic-Aire?

BM2-6DS R 290 2 way Manifold

This 2-way manifold includes 3 charging hoses ¼” in width and 90cm (36”) in length, color-coded blue, red, and yellow. It features a robust aluminum block, high-quality Bourdon tube pressure gauges, and a sight glass. It is zero point adjustable. Plus, all mechanical parts are available as spare parts.

Refmate 2 CA WTC Digital 2 way Manifold 

REFMATE is the digital manifold for the professional refrigeration engineer. It includes temperature clamps, pressure gauges, and the scale–all of which communicate wirelessly. Data is instantly recorded in the device and can be reviewed and interpreted using the REFMESH app, making it an extremely handy device for long-term measurements.

Ref Vac Digital Vacuum Gauge 

REFVAC-RC is the ideal tool for monitoring the evacuation process on the construction site and the laboratory. It is known for its high accuracy and wireless connectivity with the REFMATE device for long-term measurements and the REFMESH app, which provides a compilation of detailed reports.

Octa Wireless Electronic Charging Scale 110Kg

The OCTA-WIRELESS scale includes two solid aluminum octagonal-shaped plates on which large refrigerant bottles can be safely placed. It is highly sensitive, meaning it reflects the exact weight even when bottles are asymmetrically positioned. The wireless control box features a range of helpful functions, including those that can prevent overfilling of the refrigerant system or the refrigerant bottle.

CO2 Locator Leak Detector for CO2

This CO2 leak detector features a newly developed sensor which easily detects the R744 refrigerant. Known for its responsiveness, high reliability, and durability, it proves to be the optimal device for the monitoring and maintenance of industrial and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, as well as heat pumps and automotive air conditioning systems.

Tritector RCT 3 in 1 Leak Detector

All common refrigerants, combustible gases and tracer gases can easily be detected by this single device–the TRITECTOR. Its adjustable sensitivity levels can spot even the smallest leaks, while the ambient concentration is continuously compensated both automatically and manually. Once a leak is detected, the color LCD display shows a visual signal and an optional sound is emitted to alert you.

10964 PM2 R134A/ R600 Charging Station 

This charging station is ideal for small quantities of flammable gases from refrigerant cans. It features the RL-2, a high performance vacuum pump; the 10500-5, a highly sensitive balance; and the 19800-SV, an 80-mm vacuum meter. It also includes a 4-way manifold and a holder for refrigerant cans, both of which are mounted on a solid and sturdy frame.

For more REFCO tools and devices, check out the catalogue on our website: https://magic-aire.com/?s=refco. For inquiries and updates on other Magic-Aire products, you can follow us on Facebook.

Benefits of Buying an Original vs a Counterfeit Compressor

What Does the Compressor Do?

The compressor is an essential component of your HVAC/R system. It is responsible for moving the refrigerant to and fro the evaporator and condenser coils, converting the refrigerant to gas or liquid form as needed. The compressor acts as the heart of your cooling system, with the refrigerant as the blood that it pumps in and out.

Whether your system requires a scroll or a reciprocating type, investing in an efficient, high-quality compressor is very important. If you’re on a tighter budget, it may be tempting to buy a counterfeit compressor that promises the same performance quality as those by top brands. But do not be fooled! There are setbacks to buying the cheaper version. Here are some of the top reasons why you should always purchase an ORIGINAL compressor for your HVAC/R system:

Benefits of Buying the Original

  • Guaranteed performance: When purchasing from a reputable manufacturer, the customer is sure to receive the high-quality product that they require. It guarantees that the compressor is made only from the best materials available and engineered by the most skillful manufacturers. An original compressor is less likely to malfunction. You also wouldn’t have to worry about your purchase suddenly failing to fit the size of your HVAC/R system.
  • Higher efficiency: Clogged air filters, incorrect pressure readings, and leaks all affect your system’s efficiency. With an original compressor, you most likely won’t encounters such problems. An original compressor also uses power more efficiently, allowing you to save on energy costs.
  • Access to latest technology: When buying the newest iteration of the original, you automatically have access to the latest technology available in the market. Rest assured that the original compressor you have has undergone a thorough process of research and development conducted by only the top researchers and engineers in the industry. Having the latest technology also promises to significantly cut down on lead times and energy use.
  • Longer life span: Designed and engineered with only the best materials and by the top experts in the field, an original compressor promises a longer life span. Buying from a legitimate manufacturer also guarantees easier access to proper maintenance of your compressor, which keeps it up and running through the years.
  • Higher return on investment: You will get the most value from an original unit because of its high-quality components and longer life span. It also proves to be more cost-effective, as it delivers better energy efficiency and is less likely to require the immediate replacement or repair of components.

 

Disadvantages of Buying Fake/Counterfeit

  • Incomparable performance to the original: While a counterfeit compressor does offer you a lower cost, the performance quality is incomparable to the original. Since it is merely an imitation of those offered by legitimate manufacturers, it does not provide you with the exact same quality, technology, and design. To keep the purchasing cost low, a counterfeit is most likely made from cheaper materials, which increases the risk of your compressor breaking down.
  • Parts/components are harder to replace: When your compressor does break down, shopping for replacement parts is a lot more challenging. Since what you have is not original, if you do purchase replacement components from the legitimate manufacturer, there is the possibility that they will not work nor properly fit your unit.
  • Shorter life span: A counterfeit compressor has a significantly lower life span than the original. Because it is made with cheaper materials, it is not as durable. You are more likely to run into performance problems which will then lead you to buy a replacement counterfeit every time, thus increasing the total amount you spend in the long run.

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Magic-Aire is the official distributor of legitimate, high-quality HVAC/R tools and components in the Philippines. To check out the range of ORIGINAL compressors we offer, you may visit our website. For inquiries and updates on our other products, you can follow us on Facebook.

Brand Feature: VALUE

Brand Feature: VALUE

Magic-Aire aims to be your one-stop-shop for all air conditioning and refrigeration needs. With this goal in mind, we are continuously expanding our product line by partnering with top global brands. We are currently the official Philippine distributor of prominent HVAC-R companies like VALUE.

VALUE is a leading global manufacturer of service tools for the HVAC-R industry. Since its establishment in 1996, it has grown into a company with more than 670 employees, ranging from mechanical engineers to specialists in the fields of manufacturing, electric motors, and quality control. VALUE produces high-quality vacuum pumps, electronic scales, manifold gauges, and an extensive range of tools for copper pipe processing.

 

Why Choose VALUE?

Quality

  • Production process based on formidable Japanese machine, OKUMA-BYJC and German WENZEL
  • Precise workmanship
  • Products are tested and refined, constantly being adapted to the needs of the market
  • International certificate of quality management ISO 9001: 2008
  • Products bear the CE marking

 

Availability

  • Extensive distribution network, spanning 90 countries around the world

 

Innovation

  • 111 patented technologies
  • Continued investment in research and development, putting the customers needs as a starting point

 

What VALUE tools can you shop for at Magic-Aire?

Electronic Scale

VALUE offers efficient and easy-to-use electronic scales that can be used in servicing refrigeration and air conditioning units. They feature an anti-slip mat and a panel for easy refill or recovery of specified value of refrigerant.

 

Available models: VES-100A and VES-100B

Pressure Gauge

VALUE has several varieties of their single high-pressure gauges and manifold gauges designed for refrigeration and air conditioning systems. These pressure gauges have a precision grade of 1.6, sturdy casing to protect against damage, a reliable sight glass–complete with metal construction for increased strength and durability.

 

Available models: Single Gauges (VMG-1-S-H-R32 and VMG-1-S-L-R32); Manifold Gauges (VMG-2-R32, VMG-2-1234yf, VMG-2-R134a, and VMG-2-R449A)

Tube Cutter

VALUE offers durable tube cutters perfect for cutting copper pipe. Some of their main features include a blade made of alloy tool steel, an easy-to-use control knob, and a sturdy ball bearing.

 

Available models: VTC-19, VTC-32, VTC-42, and VTC-70

Flaring Tools

VALUE offers both manual and electrical flaring tools that allow you to create accurate and durable connection flares in a short amount of time. They boast a durable, hardened design; a wide range of applications; and easy-to-use features.

Available models: Manual (VFT-808-MI); Electrical (VET-19-S)

Vacuum Pump

VALUE has both single-stage and dual-stage vacuum pumps designed to work with refrigerants like HFC, HCFC (e.g. R410A, R407C), and HCFO (e.g. R32, R1234yf) in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. They feature a compact design, a sight glass to easily control the oil level, a precision vacuum gauge, and a vacuum solenoid valve which prevents the back flow of oil into the system.

 

Available models: Single-stage (V-i120SV and V-i125-R32); Dual-stage (V-i220SV, V-i240SV, V-i260SV, V-i280SV, V-i220-R32, V-i240-R32, VE2100N, and V-i215S-M)

For more VALUE tools, check out the catalogue on our website: https://magic-aire.com/?s=value+tool. For inquiries and updates on other Magic-Aire products, you can follow us on Facebook.

Compressor in the Summer: What are the Do’s and Don’ts?

Your HVAC compressor plays an important role in successfully cooling your place down. It moves the refrigerant to and fro the evaporator and condenser coils, converting the refrigerant to gas or liquid form as needed. Think of the compressor as the heart of your cooling system and the refrigerant as the blood that it pumps in and out. When your compressor overheats or breaks down, the whole system is affected. 

Come the hot summer season, your compressor has to work extra hard to keep providing your space with cool air. Higher temperatures and humidity are its worst enemies. Here are some of their detrimental effects on your compressor:

  • Lower Flow Rates: As the air lowers in density during the summer, less air travels through the intake.
  • Higher Cooling Water Temperature: The heat prompts the temperature of your cooling water to rise, requiring your compressor to work harder.
  • Increase in Water Output: Warm air holds more water vapor. Without proper filtration and a reliable air dryer downstream, your drains would have to work extra hard too.
  • Reduced Throttle Regulation: Higher temperatures reduce the ability of your throttle valve to properly regulate your compressor’s operating range.

To avoid sweating through the summer and shelling out money for an expensive repair, it’s important to follow these basic do’s and don’ts at the change of seasons:

Do’s

  • Provide Proper Ventilation: The number one goal is to keep the compressor in your outdoor unit cool when the temperatures continue to rise. This keeps the operating temperature low, thus helping with compressor efficiency. To provide proper ventilation, your inlet vent should be big enough to provide cool air to the compressor. It should also be placed in a strategic location to prevent the system from sucking in warm air from your exhaust ducts.
  • Clean Your Filters: Air becomes drier and dustier during the summer, making it highly likely for your outdoor unit to gather up dirt and dust. This buildup of dirt clogs up your system, prompting your compressor to work harder, and building up heat on the electrical components. To prevent overheating, ensure that your cabinet fan works properly and your filters are clean.
  • Clean Your Coolers: By the same token, dirty coolers can affect the performance of your compressor and lead to overheating. Keep your coolers regularly maintained to help the dryers work more efficiently.
  • Monitor the Quality of Your Oil: Heat drastically reduces the lifespan of your system’s oil. In the summer, it is very important to monitor the quality of your oil to ensure that it is free from acids, moisture, and debris. When necessary, change your oil.
  • Replace Belts and Couplings: Your belts and couplings are more likely to wear out in higher temperatures. If they start to crack or show other signs of damage, you should replace them immediately.
  • Schedule Regular Coolant Maintenance: To keep your compression system running, it is vital to maintain the right pressure, flow, quality, and temperature of the water used in your cooler. This prevents higher operating temperatures, which can lead to overheating. Make sure that the water temperature is cool enough for summer.

Don’ts

  • Don’t let plants near your outdoor unit overgrow: It is important to maintain at least two feet of space around your outdoor unit. As plants grow quicker during the summer, they may pose the risk of blocking your exterior unit, thus restricting proper airflow for your compressor. It is necessary to trim your landscape accordingly to give your unit breathing space.
  • Don’t let your compressor overheat because of debris: As the air becomes drier and dustier, debris may easily accumulate on your outdoor unit. Combine this with grass clippings, stray leaves, and other pollutants, your exterior unit will most likely suffer from poor airflow. With your AC coils clogged, your compressor has to work harder in order to facilitate heat exchange, putting it under excessive stress. You must clear away debris to prevent your compressor from overheating.
  • Don’t let your outdoor unit sit under direct sunlight: If your outdoor unit is sitting directly under the sun, you are not giving your compressor the opportunity to cool down before restarting the cooling process. Help your system remain cool by providing shade. Plant some shrubs near your exterior unit for protection against direct sunlight. 
  • Don’t forget to check for leaking refrigerant: Checking for leaking refrigerant is a general rule of thumb. As time passes by, the refrigerant line naturally develops cracks, which may lead to leakage. When this happens, the refrigerant level dips and prompts the compressor to work harder. To prevent wearing down your compressor, you must regularly check for leaks.

Other Common Causes of Compressor Failure

Aside from those mentioned above, here are other common causes of HVAC compressor failure:

  • Insufficient Lubrication: With low levels of oil for lubrication, your compressor will have to work harder. This prompts compressor parts to rub against each other, posing the risk of smaller parts coming apart and scattering through the system. Insufficient lubrication may therefore reduce the lifespan not just of your compressor, but of your system as well.
  • Damaged Suction Lines: The suction lines of your system will naturally develop cracks and holes through time. These damages will restrain refrigerant flow in your system. When this happens, your compressor will have to use extra power to pump enough refrigerant through the unit, which may lead to your compressor overheating.
  • Dirt and Debris in Your Outdoor Unit: As previously mentioned, when dirt, dust, and other outdoor pollutants form an insulated layer in your outdoor unit, this results in poor airflow. In this setup, your compressor has to exert more power in order to facilitate heat exchange, putting it under excessive stress.

Compressors We Carry

Scroll Compressor – ZPD83KCE-TF7-496

This scroll compressor has been designed to boost HVAC system efficiency through capacity modulation. It also lets you save energy by precisely matching compressor output to your heating or cooling needs. This commercial compressor is ideal for use in buildings or rooms experiencing varying loads or requiring tight temperature and humidity control.

Stream Compressor – 4MI1-30X-AWM/D-D

This Stream compressor guarantees best-in-class performance, which helps in lowering the cost of operation and environmental impact. It boasts advanced protection and diagnostics features for system reliability, lower service costs, and increased equipment uptime.

Fractional Compressor – PL35G

This fractional compressor is a hermetically sealed reciprocating compressor that can be used for high back pressure (HBP), mid back pressure (MBP), and low back pressure (LBP) applications.  It is compatible with the R-134a refrigerant. This compressor model is highly efficient—being able to compress the same amount of gas as a rotary compressor but with significantly less energy input.

Condensing Unit w/ Compressor – LCZ044E20G–

This condensing unit with compressor is ideal for use in light commercial applications like small cold rooms, display counters, and catering appliances. Boasting a sharp design, sturdy construction, and high functionality, it is a top choice among professionals. This unit is compatible with refrigerant R404a, has a voltage capacity of 220V, and a phase voltage of 3PH.

Tecumseh

Condensing Unit w/ Compressor – TAG2522Z-APA2522Z

This model is part of Tecumseh’s line of water-cooled condensing units. It is the

perfect alternative for air-cooled units with excessively high ambient temperatures

and excessive fan noise. It includes a performance-proven reciprocating compressor,

as well as high-quality brazed plate condensers. This condensing unit is known for its

high efficiency and low operating pressures.

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To check out the other HVAC compressors we offer, you can visit the Magic-Aire website. For inquiries and updates on our other products, you can follow us on Facebook.

RectorSeal

Our goal at Magic-Aire is to become your one-stop-shop for all air conditioning and refrigeration needs. To expand our product line, we are partnering with top global brands in the market. Currently, we are the official Philippine distributor of RectorSeal, a leading company in the HVAC-R industry.

RectorSeal is a leading manufacturer of mechanical, chemical, and firestopping products for the heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, and construction industries. These products would vary from thread sealants, firestopping sealants, plastic pipe cements, anti-seize compounds, and fluxes to lubricants, chemical cleaners, duct sealants, leak locators, and other specialized products. Many of these products have garnered a strong following through the years due to their differentiated performance and guaranteed reliability.

 

What RectorSeal products can you shop for at Magic-Aire? Here are some of our bestsellers:

Leak Freeze 1.50oz/42ml

Permanently seal gas leaks with AC Leak Freeze. It is the leading air conditioning and refrigerant leak repair solution in the United States! It proves to be ideal for the preventative maintenance and leak protection of copper and aluminum coils. AC Leak Freeze is also polymer-free, which means it will never clog your compressors, recovery units, schrader valves, and other equipment.

Desolv Cleaning Kit

This non-corrosive coil cleaner efficiently cleans HVAC-R coils. It is biodegradable and safer to use because of its low toxicity content. It will also not harm your coils, whether they be made of aluminum, copper, or steel material. This kit includes 1 gallon of Desolv Cleaning Solution, C-Band Frame Assembly, 2 Single-use Funnel Bags, and a 5-gallon Drain Pail.

Desolv Aerosol 16z

If you don’t want to purchase the entire cleaning kit, you may opt for RectorSeal’s Desolv Aerosol. This non-corrosive, biodegradable coil cleaner safely cleans and removes dirt from your air conditioning and refrigeration coils. It has low toxicity content, making it safer to use. This aerosol also acts as a corrosion inhibitor with no heat transfer loss.

Coil Cure

Coil Cure is an EPA-registered cleaner and disinfectant for your air conditioning and refrigeration coils. It provides a transparent, long-lasting barrier against mold and mildew, thus protecting your system and guaranteeing its longevity. It cleans, deodorizes, and disinfects against bacteria, fungi, and viruses like the Canine Parvovirus and Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 & 2. Even better, it cuts grease and grime with no rinsing required!

 

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Centrifugal Pumps

These Korean-built centrifugal pumps from Sungshin HASCO transform energy to fluids, seamlessly transmitting them across your HVAC-R system through an increase in pressure. They come in different models, each designed to cater to your every need:

 

APOLLO

  • Small-sized tank pump
  • To be installed under wall split air conditioners and condensing boilers

 

POSEIDON

  • Medium-sized tank pump
  • To be installed with general air conditioners and condensing boilers

 

TITAN

  • Medium-sized tank pump
  • To be installed in a limited space around air conditioners and condensing boilers

 

HERCULES

  • Large-sized tank pump
  • To be installed with large air conditioners, retail refrigerators, and boilers

Refrigerants

The Best Refrigerants in the Market

The refrigerant is a fluid used in the refrigeration cycle of refrigerators/freezers, air conditioning units, and fire suppression systems. It absorbs heat from indoors and transports it outside. During this process, it changes from liquid to gas form, moving through your unit’s evaporator coil, compressor, and condenser coil—where it releases heat. Once the refrigerant releases heat outdoors, it goes back to its liquid form and makes its way back inside. It passes through the expansion valve then the evaporator coil, where a fan blows over it, finally allowing your system to produce cool air.

The refrigerant can be used in industrial refrigeration; commercial, residential, and automobile air conditioning; as well as pharmaceutical refrigeration. Here’s a rundown on the best refrigerants in the market:

r407c

r407c is an HFC blend with a reasonable performance match to r22 in air conditioning systems and medium temperature refrigeration applications. In terms of lower temperature refrigeration systems, however, it maintains a lower capacity. Still, it remains the best retrofit alternative to r22 in air conditioning and heat pumps—a close performance match with moderately higher operating pressures.

Best used in industrial refrigeration, commercial refrigeration, commercial air conditioning, and domestic air conditioning

Iceloong Climalife Honeywell

r134a

r134a is an HFC used in automotive air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, domestic refrigeration, and chillers. It is a high-performing refrigerant typically found in small hermetic systems and new chiller designs. It can also be used as replacement for r12 and r22 refrigerants in medium and high temperature refrigeration applications.

Best used in automotive air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, domestic refrigeration, and transport refrigeration

 

Iceloong   Climalife Honeywell

r410a

r410a is a high-pressure, high-efficiency HFC blend used in air conditioning systems. It is designed specifically for new equipment and not for retrofitting because of its high operating pressure. It may be used as an alternative to r13B1 and r22 refrigerants in low temperature refrigeration.

Best used in domestic air conditioning

     

Iceloong Climalife Honeywell

r1234yf

r1234yf is an HFO used in automotive air conditioning. It has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) that meets the standards set by the European Union’s Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Directive, making it the new generation, non-ozone depleting refrigerant for automotive air conditioning. It offers a comparable performance to the r134a refrigerant, exhibiting similar pressure and temperature characteristics.

Best used in automotive air conditioning

         

Honeywell     Climalife

r448a

r448a is a zeotropic blend that serves as a non-flammable refrigerant replacement for r22 and r404a in low and medium temperature commercial refrigeration. This includes supermarket systems and vending machines (plug-ins). It provides an outstanding combination of low Global Warming Potential (GWP) and high energy efficiency.

Best used in commercial refrigeration and transport refrigeration

Honeywell

r417a

r417a is an HFC blend, direct drop-in replacement for r22 in commercial air conditioning systems and medium temperature commercial refrigeration. Unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t require liquid charging and can be readily used to top up the system in case of a leak.

Best used in domestic air conditioning, commercial air conditioning, commercial refrigeration

Iceloong

Our Top Brands

Magic-Aire is the official distributor of the following refrigerant brands in the Philippines:

Iceloong

Iceloong is a subsidiary of the Zhejiang Yonghe Refrigerant Co., one of the leading refrigerant production companies in China. Founded in 2004, it is headquartered in Qu zhou, Zhejiang Province, popularly known as the capital of fluorine. It mainly produces and develops new environment-friendly refrigerants, fluoropolymers and other fluorine chemical products. The company has a multi-faceted domestic industrial chain that integrates everything—from raw material ore mining, research and development, and production to warehousing, transportation, and sales.

Galco

Galco is an export subsidiary of Climalife established in 1976. It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, where one of the largest ports in Europe is located, helping it become one of the leading product distributors for refrigeration, air conditioning and heating applications worldwide. Its product line ranges from refrigerants (Frio+) to chemical products like lubricants, heat transfer fluids, and cleaning products.

Honeywell

Founded in 1906, Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company headquartered in North Carolina, U.S.A. Since its establishment 115 years ago, it has maintained its position at the forefront of  “4th Generation” fluorine-based refrigerants (HFOs) development. These HFOs have been developed by the company as an effort to