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You will find 180 posts in the category Tech Tips on this blog.
- A Case For Smart Probes
- A Pump Down Solenoid and What it Does
- A REALLY loud compressor
- A Steam Heating Primer
- Accumulator & Burnout Considerations
- Adiabatic Cooling, Blower Settings and Why You Care
- Air Velocity Quick Tips
- An Electric Heat Mistake
- An even EASIER way to check capacitors
- Another Drain Issue
- Are The Multi Taps on a Blower Run or Common?
- Basic Refrigeration Startup & Commissioning
- Be Careful When Jumping Out a Blower
- Boiler Basics Part 1 – Types and Components
- Boiler Basics Part 2 – Components
- Boiler Basics Part 3 – Steam
- Boiler Basics Part 4 – Piping
- C stands for “Common Mistake”
- Can Pulling a Vacuum too Fast Freeze Water / Moisture?
- Careful With Cleaners
- Careful With That 40VA Transformer
- Cased Coil Misalignment
- Change Orings not Hoses
- Clocking a Gas Meter (It’s not that hard)
- CO2 Booster Systems (Codenamed CO2 is Interesting and Weird)
- Combustion Air
- Commercial Contactor Considerations
- Common Concrete Anchor Fails
- Condensate Drainage in a High Efficiency Gas Furnace
- Control Voltage Overamp – The Less Usual Cause
- Cooling Capacity Isn’t Always What it Seems
- Crankcase Heaters and Single Pole Contactors
- Design Temperature Difference for Chillers
- Diagnosing and Finding a Refrigerant Restriction
- Do You Need to Be Recovering Into a Vacuum?
- Does a Motor Draw More or Less at lower Voltage?
- Does Refrigerant Get Old or Wear Out?
- Don’t forget the Panel
- Don’t Install Your Micron Gauge at the Pump
- Drains and Double traps
- ECM, VFD and Inverter – What’s the Difference?
- Electronic Leak Detection
- Electronic Leak Detection DOES WORK
- EPR valves 101
- Ever Hear of Copper Plating Inside the Compressor?
- Famous Last Words (Before a Callback)
- Fan On or Fan Auto
- Fancy Refrigerant Words
- Fire Damper Tips
- Flame Sensing – The Basics
- For us Southern Techs
- Heat Pump Defrost Sensor vs. Thermostat
- How Long Should I Evacuate a System?
- How to Determine the Friction Rate for Residential Duct Design
- HVAC Fire Safety Systems in Restaurants
- Ice Machines – Cuber, Flaker & Nugget Basics
- Important Recovery Tank Handling Information
- Inches of Water Column
- Infared Thermometers.. Yuck!
- Infrared vs. Heated Diode Leak Detectors
- Is it too cold to set the charge?
- It has a flat for a reason
- Leak Detection on Large Systems
- Lifting Techniques Part 1 – Basics
- Lifting Techniques Part 2 – Pulleys
- Lifting Techniques Part 3 – Complex Block & Tackle
- Lifting Techniques Part 4 – Using Unistrut
- Lifting Techniques Part 5 – Really HEAVY Stuff
- Low Ambient, Condenser Flooding and Headmaster Valves Podcast Companion
- Making a Flare – Quick Tips
- Modulation Motors
- Motor Service Factor
- Motor Speed – The Basics
- Motor Types
- Multimeter Categories
- Ohm my
- Ohms / Continuity Basics
- Oil and Refrigerant
- Oil Management and Diagnosis
- Oil Nozzles
- Oil Pressure Controls
- Open and Closed Case
- Parallel Circuit Resistance
- Piston vs. TXV
- Pool Heat Pumps, The Basics
- Potential for Good and Evil (The Hard Start & Potential Relay)
- Practical Application of Gas Laws
- Proper Liquid Line Drier Location
- Properly Diagnosing a Gas Furnace Pressure Switch
- Pull The Top
- Purge Your Hoses
- R22 Retrofit Tips
- Refrigerant Charging Basics For Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Systems
- Refrigerant Recovery Practices
- Relative Humidity in the Supply Air Stream
- RH, DB and WB
- Scroll Compressor Pump Down, Megohm Test & Fusite Terminals
- Short Circuits
- Sight Glass / Moisture Indicator
- Size and Orientation of Return Grilles and Supply Registers
- Solenoid Facts
- Some Belt Tensioning Thoughts
- Some Furnace Questions
- Something You May Want to Consider on Every Call
- Splicing Wires – Bad, Good, Better, Best
- Stacking Evaporator Coil Stages
- Start Flowing Nitrogen Sooner
- Static Pressure, Manometers and Magnehelics
- Switch voltage
- Tech Question – Why Do ECM Motors Trip a GFCI?
- Tech Tip – Switch Terms
- Techs are Under Pressure
- Testing a Thermocouple
- Testing Electric Heat – A Cautionary Tale
- Testing Run Capacitors the Smart (and Easy) Way
- Testing, Recovery and Charging a Sealed System
- That Rusty Coil / Galvanic Corrosion
- The “5 Pillars” of Residential A/C Refrigerant Circuit Diagnosis
- The “Other” Pressure Switch
- The Case For Pulling The Blower Housing
- The Difference Between Variable Speed and X13 Motors
- The Extension Cord Puzzle
- The Good Old Heat Anticipator
- THE MOST IMPORTANT skill a tech can have
- The Slow Death of the Honest Technician
- The Two OTHER EPA violations
- The Unexpected Result of Series Circuits
- Think before you drill
- This is Not a Soft Start
- Troubleshooting Advanced Systems
- Troubleshooting for HVAC/R – Data Analysis
- Troubleshooting For HVAC/R – Gathering Data
- Troubleshooting for HVAC/R – Repairs, Reevaluation and Wrap up
- Troubleshooting For HVAC/R, The Don’t List
- Try and Stay Warm (Yes this is a Tip About Staying Warm)
- TXV Bulb Placement
- TXV Power Element of Surprise
- Uncommon start and run
- Understand Dew Point and Absolute Moisture, The Right Side of the Psych Chart
- Understanding Relays With the 90-340
- Use Your Senses First
- UV Lights
- Venting for High efficiency Gas Furnaces – Part 1 Materials
- Venting for High efficiency Gas Furnaces – Part 2 Assembly
- W1, W2 & E
- Watch it Hercules
- Watts so confusing?
- Weighing Refrigerant In and Out
- Wet Bulb and Enthalpy – The Left Side of the Chart
- What does “RES” mean on a contactor or relay?
- What is “Cascade” Refrigeration?
- What is a GFI?
- What is a Micron?
- What Is Temperature Glide?
- What Makes an Autotransformer Different?
- What Should My Subcooling Be?
- What Should My Superheat Be?
- What’s So Wrong With “Beer Can Cold”?
- Which valve do I open first?
- Why (and When) Do We Need Defrost?
- Why A/C Systems Freeze
- Why and how to adjust a TXV / TEV
- Why Discharge Line Temperature is a Useful Reading
- Why is 240V called “Single Phase”?
- Why is the Breaker Tripping?
- Why Measuring Static First Isn’t Always Productive
- Why Most Techs Confuse Overload, Short & Ground Fault
- Why You Need a Torque Wrench (or Two…)
- Wide, Narrow, Wide Diagnosis