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Practical Ice Maker Troubleshooting Tips

Ice maker troubleshooting is easier if you take it one step at a time. In this article the author goes step-by-step through the most common ice maker troubleshooting calls.
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Advantages of Closed Circuit Cooling Towers

A closed system protects the quality of the process fluid and reduces system maintenance at a slightly higher initial cost. When deciding which system is best for an application, several factors should be considered.
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Traffic: Look Out for Yourself... and Everyone Else

Accidents are often caused by the other driver. When it comes to vehicle safety, here are some tips on how contractors and techs can avoid being the cause of an accident as well as look out for everyone else on the road.
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How to Define Perfect Service

Determining what constitutes perfect service can vary with the subjective expectations of customers who often state “I know it when I see it.” To get going in a practical, productive way, this article provides some steps that any business can take.
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The Impact of WEEE and RoHS on the U.S.

It's been demonstrated many times that after Europe introduces environmental regulation, similar action often occurs in the United States. This article explains WEEE and RoHS, and how they are already impacting the U.S. market.
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Btu Buddy 38: Frozen Evaporator on a 15-Ton Cooling Unit

In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob finds a restaurant system that froze solid the previous night because the thermostat was turned down to 55 degrees. Btu Buddy suggests possible solutions to prevent it from happening again.
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Hot Topics, Cool Solutions 27: Flexible Job Descriptions

With a bulleted job description, employees can feel imposed upon whenever you add something new. Consultant Al Levi recommends the use of job manuals to provide greater flexibility.
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The ABCs of DMMs

What exactly is a digital multimeter (DMM) and what can you do with it? How do you make measurements safely? What features do you need? What's the easiest way to get the most out of your meter? These and other questions are answered in this article.
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Variable Air Volume Systems

This article provides background information and general information on variable air volume (VAV) systems, and discusses improvements in today's VAV systems.
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Show Me the Money: ROI From Wireless Job Dispatch

In making a case for a wireless mobile solution in field service, this article discusses the business areas positively influenced by wireless job dispatch applications and the return on investment (ROI) achievable.
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Kari Arfstrom, executive director of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, talks about the upcoming HVACR & Mechanical Conference. Posted on Jan. 23.

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