Compressor hard-start devices are a luxury item for service technicians to use in rectifying a myriad of compressor start problems. The hard-start device can serve as an insurance policy for compressor starts when voltages drop to 90% of rated line conditions.
Rooftop units toil away during the day under hot conditions; consequently, their energy efficiency, as compared with chiller systems for building cooling, is generally much lower. One manufacturer, Calmac Corp., has created the Roofberg® system, which permits conventional rooftop units to be converted to a central chiller system with ice storage.
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has been going strong since 1965. Recently, though, the institute has had to shut down its heating and air conditioning program at two campuses. But it has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep the HVACR program alive and in the minds of prospective students as a one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Contractors often lament the fact that a customer who is already getting cool air is a hard sell for maintenance and service work. What these customers may not realize is that this “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude can be expensive.
Temperatures reaching 110 degrees F and no A/C — that’s what Pierce College students and faculty faced for more than five decades. Now, thanks to a new hybrid chiller system, this community college in California’s San Fernando Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, has campus-wide comfort year-round.
Tilt-up concrete construction is very common in Orange County, CA. It’s fast, it’s economical, and it’s adaptable to many different types of low-rise buildings, including warehousing, manufacturing, and, as in the case of Ingram Micro Inc., office facilities.
The Radiant Panel Association (RPA) held its 8th annual Radiant Heating Conference & Expo (REX) recently in Cincinnati. The theme of REX was “Radiant Green — Using Radiant Technology in ‘Green’ Building Construction.”