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Tech Tips:

Angry Air
By:Adam MufichAbout 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 […]
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Principles Of Troubleshooting: Seeing the Big Picture
By:Adam MufichIf you’ve been in this trade for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve run into situations that have left you scratching your head. If you’re lucky enough, you have the ability to call a senior tech, service manager, or company owner to bail you out of this situation. But have you ever run […]
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Modulation Motors
Modulation motors are not often seen in residential equipment, but we see them a lot in commercial and industrial applications on many different types of equipment. I see them primarily on larger burners to control the fuel firing rate, but they also control water flow through heating coils, the water level on cooling towers, and […]
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A Steam Heating Primer
By:Bryan Orr With cold temperatures right around the corner, it is a good time to brush up on our steam now, and there's no better way to do that than by reading an article by Dan Holohan. This article was written by Dan Holohan and published at HeatingHelp.com HERE. It has been reposted here with […]
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Hydronics GPM Calculation and More…
This tech tip was written by a friend of HVAC School, Brian Mahoney. He is an HVAC instructor at Western Suffolk BOCES/Wilson Tech. Thanks, Brian! The podcast on delta T for A/C the other day got me thinking about the formula I learned in school about calculating the GPM of a hydronic system. We will […]
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Boiler Basics Part 1 – Types and Components
This series of articles is written by senior boiler tech (and all-around swell guy) Justin Skinner. Thanks, Justin. There are quite a few different types of boilers out in the world. They come in all shapes, sizes, pressures, and types of fuel burned. I'm going to go over some of the more common ones, their […]
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Boiler Basics Part 4 – Piping
Please note: There have been some legitimate questions about a few of the points in this article and the diagrams. While Justin Skinner is an experienced tech and totally qualified to write this article, we will be specifically looking into the question of the best location of the circulator pump and addressing the “point of […]
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Oil Nozzles
This article was written by Senior Boiler Tech Justin Skinner. Thanks, Justin. Oil burner nozzles are present in most forced combustion air burners. They are used with an oil pump to atomize fuel oil and allow it to burn. Atomizing is raising the pressure of the fuel and forcing it through the nozzle. Essentially, the […]
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Boiler Basics Part 3 – Steam
This article was written by Senior Boiler Tech Justin Skinner. Thanks, Justin. Steam plays a very important part in all of our lives, whether we know it or not. Virtually every article of clothing and accessory you are wearing right now relied on steam for either manufacturing or packaging. Hospitals use large steam boilers for […]
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Podcasts:

What Is DX? – Short #185
By:Bryan Orr  In this short podcast episode, Bryan tackles the following question: What is DX? In short, DX stands for “direct expansion,” which means that you cool the end product via the refrigeration cycle. We blow air over an evaporator coil, which allows the refrigerant to take up heat from the air and directly […]
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