Crankcase Heaters
Belly band crankcase heater When I first started in the trade as an apprentice, we worked on a lot of Trane heat pumps that used crankcase heaters. These crankcase heaters slid into the compressor sump on the big orange Tyler reciprocating compressors, like the one below. It was very common for these heaters to break […]
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The Two OTHER EPA violations
We all know (or should know) that venting refrigerant is a big no-no and can result in trouble from the EPA. There are many other potential violations, but two of them can easily occur if you aren't thinking ahead are at the disposal of mercury and oil. Mercury is found in fairly large quantities in […]
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Vacuum Pump Oil
This article is written by Sal Hamidi, founder of Productsbypros.com, an innovative manufacturers representative agency that promotes great HVAC/R products through training and media. You can reach Sal at Sal@productsbypros.com.   If we are going to discuss vacuum pump oil, it's important to understand what it is first. Most HVAC application vacuum pumps are rotary […]
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Boiler Basics Part 2 – Components
This article is the second in a series on boiler basics by senior boiler tech Justin Skinner. Thanks, Justin. There are many types of boilers that do many different things, but almost all of them have some of the same basic components. It's partially because regulatory agencies require them, and other times, it's because they […]
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R22 Retrofit Basics in Under 12 minutes – Live Video 2/11/17
In this video Bryan talks about Refrigerant Blends The reasons for retrofit The drop-in fallacy Oil types Oil Miscibility Temperature Glide Capacity change Refrigerants to consider R427A R438A R422D R407C & A Helpful Links Choosing the right retrofit (EPA) Honeywell Retrofit Guidelines Retrofit with R438a by “The Professor”
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Oil Nozzles
This article is 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, […]
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Electronic Leak Detection
Electronic leak detection is a critical part of any HVAC technician's common practice. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common sources of misdiagnosis. Here are my tips to make your leak detection more successful: Use Your Detector Second  Before starting to use your detector, STOP! Look for signs of leaks and corrosion throughout […]
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Oil and Refrigerant
We all see a lot of questions about dyes, leak stoppers, lubricants, inhibitors, and snake oil. All of those were designed to go into the refrigerant circuit and “improve” something. I just go back to what Ray Johnson always said. (Ray is one of my early heroes in the biz, and he taught me a […]
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