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Joe Marchese Elected RSES President

RSES Discusses Training, Honors Members at Conference
December 16, 2013

Marchese, who serves as a monthly columnist in The NEWS’ Refrigeration Zone section, was elected during the 76th annual RSES Conference and HVACR Technology Expo this past October.


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Troubleshooting, Preventing Motor Failure

Insight and Experiences with Small HVAC Motors
December 9, 2013

To minimize motor imperfections, contractors must stress the importance of a comprehensive inspection, properly identify and diagnose the root cause of the deficiency, and be able to explain the failure to customers in terms they’ll understand. 


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Consequences of Counterfeit Refrigerants

Contractors Continue to Play Important Role in Curbing Illegal Refrigerants
December 9, 2013

Counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerants have existed under the surface of the HVACR industry for years. With hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 increasing in price due to a government phase down, more and more fly-by-nighters are working to get their hands on the product any way they can.


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Preventing Electrical Fluting in Motors

Ceramic Ball Bearings, Shaft Grounding Rings Help Mitigate Damage
December 9, 2013

While variable-frequency drives (VFDs) boast increased energy efficiency as the main benefit, a small — but by no means insignificant — percentage of the drives are causing major problems in the motor they control.


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Solar Inverters Becoming Cheaper and Smarter

Market Not Yet Fully Mature, Despite Significant Progress in Recent Years
December 9, 2013

As PV panels are becoming more efficient, more advanced, and less expensive, so are many of their components. 


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Nexstar Network Members Reenergize at Super Meeting 2013 in Indianapolis

Event Drew Largest Crowd in 34 Years
December 9, 2013

The Nexstar® Network Super Meeting 2013, held in early October in Indianapolis, was a successful, optimistic event, according to attendees.


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Facts + Figures: Air Conditioner Shipments Up Nearly 18 Percent in September

December 9, 2013

Industry figures are estimates that are derived from the best available figures supplied by a sample of AHRI member companies.
 


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Top Tips for Upselling Furnaces

Contractors Share Their Strategies for Selling More Expensive Units
December 2, 2013

Well-trained comfort consultants should not only point out all the benefits that come with a properly installed, highly efficient furnace, but they should take the opportunity to build trust with the homeowners so they feel comfortable investing in a more expensive system.


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AHR Expo Survey:

HVACR Manufacturers Expect Growth in 2014

90 Percent of Respondents Believe Sales Will Increase in New Year
December 2, 2013

The results of the survey reflect a “significant improvement” over last year’s survey, which found 70 percent of participants expected the economy to be better in 2013 than 2012, while 3 percent predicted it would be worse. 


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Distributor Info Adds to HVACR Equation

Unitary, Mid-Year Reports Showcase Equipment Trends
December 2, 2013

The “HARDI Unitary HVAC Market Share Report” provides market share data and analysis detailing unitary sales based on product efficiency for both ducted and ductless cooling equipment, as well as furnaces and boilers. 


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