ZoomLock MAX press-to-connect flame-free refrigerant fittings help to improve productivity for HVACR contractors and technicians on the job. Having the ZoomLock MAX complete system equipped with all the sizes and configurations you will need simply saves time and improves safety and efficiency.
This post is the last blog in our series providing answers to the top FAQs on ZoomLock MAX. The Q & As cover refrigerants and oils, and installation technicalities for fittings, leaks, sealing, temperature, and system compatibility.
ZoomLock MAX fittings are designed for the following applications:
Heat Pump (Refrigeration Side)
A: ZoomLock MAX is approved for use with R-32, R-134a, R-404A, R-407C, R-407F, R-410A, R-507, R1234ze, R1234yf, R-718, R-450A, R-513A, R-448A, R-449A, R-407A, R-427A, R-438A, R-417A and R-422D.
A: Use ZoomLock MAX for approved POE, PAO, PVE, AB, and mineral oils. The O-ring has been tested successfully with PAG oil; however, you should not use PAG oil with copper systems due to the potential for corrosion of the copper material.
A: No, if a pressed fitting is leaking, the fitting must be cut out and replaced. You should not attempt to braze the fitting as you may melt the O-ring material and thus introduce contaminants into the system that could cause other system issues.
A: No, ZoomLock MAX has been thoroughly freeze/thaw tested.
A: No, ZoomLock MAX has been Acid Salt Spray tested to ASTM G85. As with all copper installations, avoid exposure to ammonia.
A: Yes, the O-ring does compensate for small/minor scratches on the surface of the tube. However, avoid imperfections adjacent to the crimp area such as scratches, incise marks, and tubing that is not round. Reference copper piping standard for roundness.
A: If you use ZoomLock MAX in an application that the fitting goes beyond the specified limits of the O-ring, then there is an increased likelihood that a leak can occur due to the compromised O-ring.
A: ZoomLock MAX fittings comply with the cleanliness standards as required in the Copper Tube Standards EN 12735-1 and ASTM-B280. Keep the zip closure bag sealed to protect fittings from contamination.
A: Vibration is a recognized cause of leaks, design the system, and install to comply with all local standards and codes of practice, which aim to minimize vibration. Extensively tested ZoomLock MAX fittings ensure the joint doesn’t leak as a result of system vibration and complies with the following standards:
ISO 14903, Temperature Pressure Cycling and Vibration Test
UL 109 - 8, Vibration Test
UL 207, Fatigue Shock Test
A: Good installation practice, a nitrogen purge during any brazing (not required with ZoomLock MAX mechanical fittings), a deep evacuation, and the proper installation and use of filter-driers containing new and effective molecular sieve desiccants prevent many system failures including the buildup of acid within the system. When selecting which desiccant material is best for an application, consider water capacity, refrigerant and lubricant compatibility, acid capacity, and physical strength, which are essential characteristics of desiccants.
A: No, some rotational movement is quite acceptable, the joint will not leak, nor will it come apart under the pressure loading and during system operation. Some joint movement is good and allows for expansion and contraction in the system pipework.
A: No, ZoomLock MAX is not suitable for medical gas applications.
A: No, only press ZoomLock MAX fittings once.
A: No, do not use ZoomLock MAX for drinking water systems.
A: No, use ZoomLock MAX for air conditioning and refrigeration applications only.
A: Pull 200 microns for a deep vacuum.
ZoomLock MAX technology is the next generation of the press–to–connect copper refrigeration and air conditioning fittings—and flameless connections. Now, HVACR professionals can safely make secure leak-free connections in seconds without the use of a brazing torch or press tool. Adding all that time savings allow for more scheduled jobs and greater profitability potential for your business.
Ready to learn more? Visit the ZoomLock MAX website to download the full FAQs sheet, schedule a demo, watch it in action, get training support, locate a distributor, and get started today!
Article contributed by Chris Reeves, product manager, Contaminant Control Products, Sporlan Division of Parker Hannifin. For more information on Parker Sporlan products please visit our website.
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