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Do you know how a solenoid valve works? Really? On the surface, I think we all understand how a solenoid valve works. The coil energizes, creating an electromagnet. That temporary magnetism lifts an iron plunger within the valve allowing refrigerant to flow. But is it really that simple? It turns out that the answer isn't […]Read more
The Secrets to Happy HVAC Customers
It was an awkward conversation, bringing a technician nearly twice my age into my office for a talk. “I'm good at fixing units. I'm not some fancy-talking sales tech,” the technician half-mumbled as I sat looking at him. “The customer complained that you made them feel uncomfortable, you were unfriendly, and you tracked dirt in […]Read more
Testing Run Capacitors the Smart (and Easy) Way
When testing a run capacitor, many techs pull the leads off and use the capacitance setting on their meter to test the capacitor. On a system that is not running, there isn't anything wrong with this test. However, when you are CONSTANTLY checking capacitors as a matter of regular testing and maintenance, that extra step […]Read more