Learning Outside the Box
This tech tip recaps the livestream by the same name, featuring HVAC School contributors Matt Bruner and Adam Mufich, as well as special guests Craig Migliaccio (AC Service Tech) and Ty Branaman (love2hvac). You can watch that live stream on our YouTube channel HERE. Craig and Ty are HVAC educators with YouTube channels of their […]
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Making Duct Systems Work
This tech tip recaps the livestream by the same name, featuring HVAC School contributors Matt Bruner and Adam Mufich, as well as special guests Ed Janowiak and David Richardson. You can watch that live stream on our YouTube channel HERE. It’s one thing to install a piece of equipment, but it’s another thing entirely to […]
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To Glass Ceilings And Those Who Lend Us Their Hammers
This tech tip was written by Jennifer Manzo, an HVAC technician and the founder of the HVA-Chicks coalition, which offers tech support and training as well as resources for women in the industry. She was one of our panelists on this year's Women's Panel at the symposium and was recently featured on a livestream and […]
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Angry Air
About a month ago, one of my techs went on a “no heat” call. The house is a rectory for the church next door. The call came in, and after he ran it, I assumed the problem was solved since I hadn’t heard otherwise.  A few weeks later, they called back, saying the boiler was out […]
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Good COP – Bad COP
There has been a lot of advice being tossed around by contractors and builders about the best time to use the emergency heat feature on an all-electric heat pump system. The answer is never! That was easy. Next article… In all seriousness, “Emergency Heat” should be used as described, ONLY during an emergency. I guess I should […]
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How to Properly Size a Dehumidifier
This tech tip was submitted to us by Tim De Stasio. You can read the original version on his website HERE. Tim will also be a panelist in the Dehumidification Hootenanny at the 2024 HVACR Training Symposium. Nikki Krueger will moderate, and Genry Garcia, Chris Hughes, and Chris Conway will be fellow panelists. If you’ve […]
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How Similar Are A2Ls to R-410A?
This tech tip was written by Don Gillis with Chemours. Thanks, Don! You’ve probably heard it way too many times now: A2Ls are coming.  While we’ve heard a lot about what “A2L” really means and the R-410A phasedown timeline, there isn’t a lot of public information about what to expect on the service side. I’ve […]
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Two Tips for Tough Vacuum Jobs
In the last year or so, I have had a couple of puzzling experiences related to pulling a vacuum. These instances have left me with questions and clues where I thought I had given up on understanding a certain vacuum situation. Typically, if I’ve had a hard time achieving a proper vacuum, I would be […]
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Is Value Perceived?
The other morning, I was scrolling through HVAC Facebook groups when I came across a post from a homeowner. He was requesting recommendations for a book that would teach him how to design and install a new HVAC system, complete with ductwork, in his home. Immediately, my HVAC career flashed before my eyes like a Christian reliving […]
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