Zonal Pressure Diagnostics—The Backtalk Series (Pt. 1)
This article was submitted by Genry Garcia of Comfort Dynamics, Inc. It is the first part of his series on zonal pressure diagnostics. Thanks, Genry!   Zonal pressure diagnostics have been around for a while. Here is a brief description of ZPD from the website redcalc.com:  Formerly known as the “Blasnik methods” in a nod […]
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Oxyacetylene Torches: Tips and Operation
    Everyone in the HVAC/R trade uses some form of torch to braze or solder alloys together. So what is the proper way to handle an oxyacetylene torch? Turns out, there’s more than one right answer. Depending on which torch rig you use, the manufacturer’s manuals for operation may vary.  Everyone (hopefully) knows a neutral […]
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Inches of Water Column
Low pressures are often measured in inches of water column or “WC. Like most units of measure, it has a very simple origin; in a water manometer, 1″ of water column is literally the amount of force it takes to raise the column of water by 1”. While some water manometers (water tubes) are still […]
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Pressure / Enthalpy Diagram Example
This article was written by my buddy and Canadian Supertech Tim Tanguay. Thanks, Tim! This P/E chart shows R410a at 100°F saturated condensing temp, 10°F SC, 40°F saturated suction temp, 20°F SH at the compressor. The green highlighted thumb shape is the saturation zone. Everything that occurs in the saturation zone is a latent (change […]
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Does Nitrogen Pressure Change with Temperature – Practical Application of Gas Laws
The gas laws. We all learned about them in school and promptly forgot all about them. I really think that we need to dig our books out, dust that information off, and work to understand and apply it. Many will say that nitrogen pressure doesn't change with pressure like other gasses. That is false, but […]
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