3 Bad Techs That Don’t Know It
First, let's state the obvious and clear the air a bit. The photo above is SUPER CHEESY! But this story is about three bad techs who don't know it so three models clearly posing in clean clothes makes as good of a proxy for a bad tech as anything else. First off, I'm not being negative […]
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5 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Service Business
  Even though there will almost surely be a healthy demand for HVAC service businesses, any service business is still at risk of going under. Most of the trouble comes down to money mismanagement or misunderstanding. The good news is that the risks are avoidable with proper education and care. We aren’t accountants or lawyers, […]
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Get (and Give) More From Remote Training
Most of the content in this article is based on Alex Meaney’s contribution to the HVAC School podcast in the October 2nd, 2020 episode: “How to Get The Most From Online Education.”   Attending a class from your bedroom or home office sounds very convenient, right? That was probably what many Americans would have thought […]
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Nomenclature and How to Use It
Nomenclature on HVAC/R equipment is a sequence of numbers and letters a manufacturer uses to speak directly to the technician. Lots of initial upfront information is handed to the technician by the manufacturer the moment the technician reads the nomenclature in the model and serial numbers. So how do we make sense of these seemingly […]
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Removing a Blower Motor
I’ve seen a lot of guys recently who reach for the motor puller tool first thing when attempting to remove a blower motor from a wheel/fan blade. Motor puller tools are an awesome backup tool when needed, but that shouldn’t be the go-to method of removing a motor.   The main issue with using a […]
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Dielectric Grease: What It Is, and How To Use It
  Dielectric grease is an often misused and misunderstood product that could easily benefit HVAC/R technicians in a variety of ways. From food service to electrical connections, dielectric grease can help lubricate mechanical components and prevent corrosion on electrical connections. But we need to understand what it is to begin with, in order to properly […]
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Sensors, Measurements, and Physics
Sensors, Measurements, and Physics As HVAC/R Technicians, we use tools and instruments to make measurements every day. In fact, 90% of our job could not be done efficiently without some kind of measurement.  “How do we measure?” “With what instruments?” “How accurate are these measurements?” These are all questions a thoughtful technician should ask before […]
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Coil SHR, Ventilation, and Bypass Factor – Advanced Psychrometrics Part 2
This is the second article in a three-part series, where Advanced Psychrometrics are explored. The source material for each of the articles in this series is ACCA Manual P Sections 3, 4, and 5. This article is based on information found in Section 4. If you followed the previous Advanced Psychrometrics article, you now know […]
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Room Sensible Heat & CFM – Advanced Psychrometrics Part 1
This is the first of a three-part series of articles, which will dive deep into Advanced Psychrometrics. The source material for each of these articles may be found in ACCA Manual P Sections 3, 4, and 5. This article is based on information found in Section 3.  Psychrometrics is the study of the physical and […]
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