Market Refrigeration TXV Adjustment
This quick article is written by market refrigeration tech Clayton Peeples. Thanks Clayton
Adjusting the TXV should be done last after checking all other causes of the case being warm or flood back on the rack. Txvs very rarely go bad, generally, it’s a dirty screen or a failed powerhead which can be addressed without replacing the valve.
Before adjusting the TXV to raise the superheat you need to make sure that the screen is clean by pumping system down and checking the screen.
After the screen is clean and you have ensured that there is no ice in the case then you can start by checking the superheat with your digital gauges or probes.
If the superheat is at zero then it is best to start over using the following method to prevent floodback.
Danfoss – Turn all the way in clockwise then go out 5 ¾ turns counterclockwise and let it set and equalize and then check after 15 mins.
Sporlan – Turn all the way in clockwise then go out 4 ½ turns counterclockwise and let it set and equalize then check after 15 mins.
The goal is a 6-12 degree superheat. When adjusting making minor adjustments and then let it sit and wait for adjustments to show.
Bryan Orr is a lifelong learner, proud technician and advocate for the HVAC/R Trade