Bob goes on a call to a house where the residents smell fumes when the furnace is running. He examines the flue connector from the furnace to the chimney and discovers it’s rusted to the point of falling apart. With the assistance of Btu Buddy, he replaces the single-wall vent pipe with a double-wall vent.
Bob had changed a compressor and was just
about ready to charge the system when a problem arose. He pulled a vacuum down to 500 microns but noticed a rise in the vacuum gauge to 1,000 microns. There was a leak and Btu Buddy assisted him in finding it.
With this article, The NEWS is introducing a new online column called “Troubleshooting With Jim Johnson.” In this column, Jim Johnson, director of training for Technical Training Associates, will present a specific HVACR equipment problem and invite readers to submit their diagnosis.
Bob receives a call from the dispatcher to go to an office building that has a 100-ton system that is water-cooled. With the help of Btu Buddy, he finds that the water level in the cooling tower is low. They check the water fill circuit and discover a kink in the copper pipe.
When you energize a motor, you get two
outputs: a desirable one (work) and one that is not so desirable (heat).
Equipped with this knowledge, you can understand why one of the
criteria you must consider when selecting a motor for an application is the
effect of operating temperatures on that motor.
The temperature is 102° outside. The complaint is from a car dealership. The showroom temperature is 85° and the dealer is having a big sale the next day. Bob finds the a/c unit is already doing all it can. Btu Buddy shows Bob some tricks to get more out of the system.
The chiller maintenance tool that contributes most to a chiller’s overall efficiency is the daily log. An accurate daily log will provide a daily snapshot of the chiller’s operating characteristics and make abnormal conditions easy to spot.
In this installment of the Btu Buddy series, Bob and Btu Buddy meet on another job that has a low charge. This unit has a thermostatic expansion valve (TXV). They determine the evaporator is starved for refrigerant and check to see why.
Noisy indoor unit complaints usually fall into one of six different categories. Problems include a loose, broken, or out of balance blower wheel. Here is a discussion of possible causes and items to check.