In this edition of the Btu Buddy series, a customer with a heat pump is seeing his auxiliary heat light stay on almost all the time. With Btu Buddy's help, Bob finds that a check valve in the refrigerant circuit is stuck open.
This article describes how to troubleshoot a compressor and the associated problems that can cause a system to fail prematurely. It discusses the proper methods of diagnosing and repairing system problems.
The next time you're faced with replacing an old steam boiler that was attached to a two-pipe air vent system, try the old-timer's trick. Remember that the replacement boiler is smaller in size and holds less water, thus requiring a boiler feed tank that acts as a reservoir for the new boiler.
This article is part one of a three-part series on inspecting and servicing gas appliances. This part covers infiltration air and the ventilation air test, equipment efficiency, venting, and the three-part testing procedure for checking a heat exchanger.