A figure of merit for overall performance and value of AFDD tools

David P. Yuill, James E. Braun

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A figure of merit, V, to characterize the value of an AFDD maintenance tool is presented. The AFDD tool is fed data representing air-conditioners operating with and without faults across a range of conditions. The calculation of V considers the probability of each scenario occurring, the tool's response, and the resulting implications. These results are summed to give a typical average value for deploying the AFDD tool, as compared to maintenance being performed without AFDD. Case studies illustrate the calculation of V. Six AFDD tools and two idealized tools are evaluated. Five of the six real tools give negative V, meaning that their use causes more harm than good. The sixth shows approximately $10 benefit per nominal ton of air-conditioner capacity per typical maintenance visit. This represents about half of the maximum potential value. These results demonstrate the importance of measuring AFDD performance and the potential monetary benefits of AFDD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-659
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Air-conditioner
  • Diagnostics
  • Evaluation
  • FDD
  • FOM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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