Not sure where to Post this topic. Have read other topics on sealed system. My Questions:
1) My appliance parts local supply tells me I ought to do Freon charging. Tells me that she obtains the study & test package & sells it here in South Texas. I pay $125 & get the study books & an application to take the Test which is 4 parts. I am allowed to take as much time as needed to study, then schedule the test date at a site that administers it not farm from me. I have to pass the first part & some of the other sections to obtain a license to purchase Freon here. She has a sellers permit & the same license. She sells all of the different freon to the refrigeration & AC techs in this area.
2) I ask about gauges & recovery equipment & costs associated with them. Tells me I can find them at one of the many pawn shops in our area very reasonable (lot of crack heads around if you know what I mean) Also tells me that most techs recover in 'a bag' which is inexpensive.
3) She also tells me that she sells a Freon with leak stopper in it that most techs use for AC.
4) There is business for charging sealed units cause my parts dealer sells a lot of it. Also I had to refer a nice refer over to a tech that does sealed system work because it lost it Freon charge. Money he collected with the guarantee that the charge may last 3 years or 3 days.
Am I grasping at straws or does this sound reasonable. I am under standing that the $125 is a one time charge for the license.