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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Preventive Maintenance Check on a Heat Pump

By Jim Johnson
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In this month’s troubleshooting situation, the customer hasn’t called because their HVAC system has stopped cooling. You’re there because they’ve requested a preventive maintenance check of the five-year-old equipment to determine if there are any potential problems that would affect the system performance in the future.


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The Fuel Cell Market Has Great Potential - or Not

Fuels Cells for Stationary Applications Have Been Touted for a While
By Greg Mazurkiewicz
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In checking The NEWS archives, we began regularly writing about fuel cells in the year 2000. Although they have not had a major impact yet, there have been a number of announcements in the last several months that may finally indicate the emergence of fuel cells as a significant factor.


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Don’t Market on the Cheap

Your Sales and Reputation Will Suffer
By Bob Janet
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Don’t make the mistake of trying to market on the cheap. If you are not going to make your business look like a million dollars, which when done properly does not cost that much extra, don’t bother with marketing at all.


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Infrastructure Upgrades to Save School District Over $9 Million

Project Includes Lighting, Heating, Cooling, and Indoor Air Quality Upgrades
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ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions, announced its ABM Building Services business has been selected by Orange County (Va.) Public Schools to implement division-wide energy and infrastructure upgrades to its schools through ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions Program.


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Btu Buddy 123: Devastated 20-Ton Condensing Unit - Part 2

By Bill Johnson
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Bob and Tim were driving to the job they left yesterday and talking over what needs to be done today, when Tim asked, “How are we going to move the condensing unit we disconnected to the new location so we can connect it to the system where we disconnected the defective condensing unit? You said you had a plan.”


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Steps in Optimizing a Building to Operate as a High Performance Building

Energy Efficiency Has Made Its Way to the Top of Many Organizations’ To-Do Lists
By Neil Maldeis
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The energy efficiency of commercial buildings has improved over the last several decades, but the HVAC industry has only scratched the surface when it comes to squeezing the energy waste out of underperforming buildings.


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Top 10 Best Practices in Workers’ Comp

Managing the Different Aspects of Workers’ Comp
By Richard D. Alaniz
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Dealing with injuries, managing workers’ compensation issues, and getting people back on the job can be complicated, expensive, and time-consuming. In order to manage the expenses, time, and effort involved with the different aspects of workers’ comp, here are 10 best practices.


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Job Seeker Questions That Are Better Left Unsaid

Survey Reveals the Most Unusual Questions from Job Applicants
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It’s often said there are no bad questions, but an OfficeTeam survey suggests otherwise. Human resources managers were asked to recount the most unusual or surprising question they have heard a job seeker ask during an interview. Here are some of their responses.


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HVACR Tips: Ladder Safety

Set Your Ladder at the Proper Angle, Make Sure It Is Secure
By Leo A. Meyer
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Don‘t brush off ladder safety rules because you‘ve used ladders all your life. You may learn a thing or two.


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Palmer Helps Benchmark Improve Cash Flow

Field Service Management Solution Operates Via Internet or Smartphones
By Matt Bishop
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With years of experience working with small businesses and technology, Brent Clark Palmer has always looked for the best solution for whatever company he’s worked for. Joining up with Benchmark Air Conditioning Inc., Bakersfield, Calif., Palmer has helped the business grow in his time there.


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