Service & Maintenance

Btu Buddy 111: Burned Hermetic Compressor - Part 2

June 18, 2012
Bob and Tim have gone back to the job with the grounded compressor. They changed the compressor yesterday and ran the unit for a few minutes, then shut the system down, leaving the crankcase heat on so they could start it up later. They now want to determine why the compressor burned.


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Preventing 'White Rust' on Galvanized Steel Cooling Towers

June 4, 2012
For over 50 years, evaporative cooling products have been manufactured from hot-dip galvanized steel. Life expectancy of these units, when properly installed and maintained, has been excellent. In recent years, however, there have been reports of “white rust.” The critical fact that needs to be recognized is that white rust is preventable.


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Btu Buddy 110: Burned Hermetic Compressor - Part 1

May 21, 2012
Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call at a commercial building. When they arrived, they talked to the building manager and checked the thermostat. It was set at 72°F but the thermometer was reading 78°. Tim said, “The fan is running, so there is control voltage and the thermostat seems to be calling for cooling.”


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Troubleshooting Challenge: An A/C System That’s Not Keeping the House Comfortable

May 7, 2012
In this month’s troubleshooting situation, our customer’s description of the problem is “not cooling” and “blowing warm air,” and the equipment that is supposed to keep this residence comfortable is a split system that has been in service for 16 years.


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Btu Buddy 109: Preventing Copper Theft

April 23, 2012
Bob and Tim were just finishing a service contract call when they were contacted by the dispatcher about a no cooling call at a new installation at a small retail store. The weather was unusually warm for this time of the year.


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The Case for Hard Start Kits

April 9, 2012
During my 50 years in the HVAC trade, I have found that most technicians do not spend time learning about the compressor and the a/c system as much as they should. In their defense, they are simply too busy to take the time once they are out of school.


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Btu Buddy 108: Service Call on a Gas Furnace

March 19, 2012
Bob and Tim have been sent on a routine service contract call to a new customer. The system is a gas furnace with central air conditioning. After changing the filter and oiling the fan motor, Tim went to the thermostat and caused the furnace to come on and they were looking at the burner when Tim said, “That gas flame doesn’t look right.”


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Thru-the-Wall Package Unit That Won't Heat

March 5, 2012
In this month’s troubleshooting situation, we have a customer who has called to say that their condominium has no heat. The particular equipment in this case is a thru-the-wall package unit that provides cooling in the summer and employs a natural gas system to heat the building in the winter.


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Btu Buddy 107: Heat Pump Service Call - Part 2

February 20, 2012
Bob and Tim are continuing a service call on a heat pump that has two failed auxiliary heaters. When they went to the supply house to get new heaters, they left wondering if the heat pump itself was operating up to capacity. After replacing the defective heaters, Bob suggested a visual inspection of the heat pump.


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Taking Action When Frozen Pipes Burst

February 6, 2012
It’s a common winter woe affecting thousands of building owners and managers each year: frozen water pipes that burst. To minimize water damage caused by a frozen pipe burst, two critical steps must be taken. First, act fast to assess the situation, and then control the environment within the building.


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