TX VALVES - ORIFICE TUBES:
A common refrigerant regulator is the thermal expansion valve, or TXV. Commonly used on import and aftermarket systems. This type of valve can sense both temperature and pressure, and is very efficient at regulating refrigerant flow to the evaporator. Several variations of this valve are commonly found. Another example of a thermal expansion valve is Chrysler's "H block" type. This type of valve is usually located at the firewall, between the evaporator inlet and outlet tubes and at the liquid and suction lines. These valves, although efficient, have some disadvantages over orifice tube systems. Similar to orifice tubes these valves can become clogged with debris and have small moving parts that may stick and malfunction due to corrosion.