The Pressures Look Good
Yeah? Well, how do you know? What should they be? What are the outdoor and return air temperatures? What SEER rating is the equipment?  These are the questions I ask every single time a technician says the phrase,  “But the pressures look good for [insert refrigerant of choice here].”  When they can’t answer the questions […]
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TD of Refrigeration Evaporators
We have discussed DTD (design temperature difference) quite a bit for air conditioning applications, but what about refrigeration? Let's start by defining our terms again. Suction Saturation Temperature The saturation temperature is the temperature at which the refrigerant will be at a given pressure if it is currently changing state. This change of state would […]
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Impacts of Decreasing Evaporator Airflow
Airflow, airflow, airflow… When we set up and commission comfort cooling and heating systems, we need to pay more attention to airflow before worrying about the fancy controls or the refrigerant circuit. So, as a thought exercise, let's consider a typical 2-ton, straight cool, TXV residential system and think through what happens when we alter […]
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Design Temperature Difference for Chillers 
I get emails from time to time with questions that stem from the articles or the podcast. This was a great question, but I was not the best person to answer it. I reached out to Jeff Neiman, our resident HVAC School chiller tech, and he answered it. Here is the question: Hello Bryan, Thanks […]
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Some Important Terms to Know
In my recent classes with my employees at Kalos, we've been going over finding target pressures and temperatures for an air conditioning system. The goal has been to get techs to have “target” readings in mind before they start connecting tools. This step is an important part of being able to “check a system without […]
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