Service & Maintenance

Btu Buddy 76: Condenser Fan Motor Problems

July 20, 2009
Bob receives a call from the dispatcher telling him about a restaurant that is having difficulties. When he gets on the roof at the restaurant he notices that the unit's fan motor is turning, but seems to be very slow. As he approaches the condensing unit, the fan stops. With Btu Buddy's help, Bob diagnoses the problem.
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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Reach-In Refrigerator That's Not Keeping Food Cool

July 6, 2009
In this issue’s troubleshooting situation, the problem unit we’re facing is a reach-in refrigerator in a restaurant and the customer’s description of the problem is that they discovered spoiled food in the cabinet when they arrived early in the morning prior to opening.
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Btu Buddy 75: Water-Cooled Chiller With Low Charge

June 22, 2009
Bob gets a call to go to an office building where its water-cooled chiller is not cooling the building. Bob finds that the suction pressure is a little low and the head pressure is about right but the unit is not cooling the water down to the 45°F design setting. Btu Buddy helps him in going step by step to solve the problem.
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Troubleshooting a Refrigeration Control System

June 8, 2009
When you’re troubleshooting a refrigeration control system, keep in mind that no matter how complicated the schematic might look on paper, the control system is actually only trying to provide a few simple outcomes.
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Btu Buddy 74: Freezing Evaporator

May 18, 2009
Warmer spring weather is here and Bob is beginning to get calls about units that are not cooling. He has just received a call from an old customer who said that her unit cools fine during the morning and daytime, but at night, it stops cooling. Bob investigates, and with Btu Buddy's help, finds the coil is dirty.
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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Comfort Cooling System That's Not Gettin' Down

May 4, 2009
This time around we have a customer who has called to say that it’s warmer than it should be in their home. When you arrive you find a nine-year-old package unit, and you determine in a short time that, electrically, everything is as it should be, which means that what you have is a unit that is running, but is not cooling enough.
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Btu Buddy 73: A Second Opinion

April 20, 2009
The customer had called another contractor and was not pleased with the results, so Bob’s company was called. The other technician said he could not get the compressor to start. With Btu Buddy’s help, Bob checks all the components that have to do with starting the compressor. He finds that the start relay needs to be replaced.
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Cleaning and Remediation of Insulated Ductwork

April 6, 2009
If duct cleaning is necessary, it is important that the cleaning professionals be familiar with both the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) and National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) guidelines. Today’s air duct insulations are designed to withstand the rigors of cleaning.
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Btu Buddy 72: Lunchtime Discussion on Humidifiers

March 23, 2009
Bob and Btu Buddy sit down for a lunch discussion about humidifiers and Bob asks: “Aren’t all humidifiers about the same?” Btu Buddy responds, “They are all the same in that they add moisture to the air. Different homes have different types of heating systems.” He then discusses the ways water is evaporated in various humidifiers.
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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Gas Furnace That's Heating Intermittently

March 9, 2009
After your evaluation of the equipment, you’re leaning toward the diagnosis that the motor is failing and you double-check two things. Your troubleshooting question: Which component was replaced, eliminating the intermittent equipment operation failures?
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