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Btu Buddy 136: Water-Cooled Chiller Problems - Part 2

July 21, 2014

Bob and Tim were getting set up to clean the condenser tubes in a chiller. They were doing this job at night during overtime hours because they discovered the problem earlier that afternoon and the customer said the chiller needed to be able to operate at full capacity tomorrow for a conference.


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Rise in Brownouts Creates Opportunity for HVAC Technicians

Study Shows Homeowners Understand the Risks, but Are Not Proactively Protecting Air Conditioners
July 21, 2014

Only two out of ten (22 percent) of United States homeowners protect their major appliances, including air conditioners, from brownouts and other power quality issues despite the fact that nearly nine in ten (87 percent) understand that a brownout can damage these same major appliances, according to a new study.


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Talking the Talk: Developing Communication Policies for the Digital Age

Employers Need to Stay On Top of the Latest Legal and Regulatory Developments
July 21, 2014

Positive workplace policies have long been uncontroversial. Typically, these policies set the expectation for employees that they will represent their employer in a positive light, and won’t make negative comments or engage in gossip. This seems common sense — what could go wrong?


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Walmart Refrigeration Head Outlines Strategy Based on Reduced Refrigerant and Packaged Solutions

Retail Giant Looks for Reduced Refrigerant Charge and Leakage, Simpler Systems, and Simplified Processes
July 21, 2014

Richard Royal, Walmart’s senior design manager for refrigeration, has set out the global retail giant’s strategy based on increasingly packaged equipment, closer collaboration with the supply chain, and integrated controls systems. 


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CMP Partners with Centricity to Introduce Online Compressor Configurator

Solution Gives Customers ‘Point-and-Click Ease’ to Configure Compressors
July 21, 2014

CMP Corp., an HVAC and refrigeration parts manufacturer and distributor, has announced the introduction of its online compressor configuration application, designed to allow customers to configure and order its Re-Engineered Compressors™ quickly and efficiently.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A System That’s Blowing Warm Air in July

July 7, 2014

This month’s troubleshooting situation involves an air-to-air package unit heat pump that is approximately six years old, and the customer’s complaint is that, rather than providing cooling, it’s just blowing warm air.


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H&H Event Showcases Products, Offers Seminars

A Forum for Customers and Manufacturers to Learn from Each Other
July 7, 2014

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer’s rep firm, H&H Sales Associates Inc., recently held a “Customer Appreciation Day” product show and open house attended by hundreds of mechanical system installers and designers and consulting-specifying engineers.


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Earn More Profit by Recovering Your Environmental Costs

Thermostat Recycling Corp. Explains Ideas for Profit Using Recycling
July 7, 2014

What would you do with extra profit? This article explains how to upsell to homeowners the value that you provide as an expert in retrofitting homes that have products needing special disposal, such as refrigerant and mercury thermostats.


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China Reveals Energy Plan Slashing HFC Use

Government Intends to Accelerate the Destruction of HFCs and Pursue Alternatives
July 7, 2014

China has said it will drastically cut HFC emissions by 280 million tonnes of CO2 — similar to the annual carbon footprint of Spain.


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ABM to Cut Virginia Schools’ Energy and Operating Expenses by over $1.8 Million

Project Will Improve Learning Environment through Facility Enhancements
July 7, 2014

ABM announced that its ABM Building Services business has been selected by the Franklin City, Virginia, Public Schools to implement a district-wide energy and facility improvement project through ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions program.


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