Articles by Bill Johnson

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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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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Btu Buddy 71: Dry House Problem

February 16, 2009
Bob receives a call from a customer who says her house is so dry that the wood is shrinking. Bob finds that the humidity level in the home is extremely low. Btu Buddy explains why this is happening in this older home and guides Bob in providing a solution.
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Btu Buddy 70: Smoking Gas Package Unit

January 19, 2009
Bob gets a call about a new customer who has complained about their gas package unit smoking and smelling bad. In checking the unit, Btu Buddy suggests that Bob take off the vent cover and see if there could be a blockage at the fan outlet. Bob removes the cover and finds that the fan wheel is all torn up.
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Btu Buddy 69: Flame Roll Out on Gas

December 22, 2008
Bob is called to a customer’s house because of a no heat complaint. The house is heated and cooled with a self-contained package unit. Bob finds holes in the heat exchanger and changes it out. But he is called back later because the unit has shut off again. Btu Buddy assists as Bob investigates further.
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Btu Buddy 68: Oil Burner Rumble

November 17, 2008
The dispatcher calls Bob to go to a new customer who is complaining about a rumbling noise that her furnace is making when it shuts down. The customer’s furnace uses fuel oil. Bob knows that there is an after-burn going on but he doesn’t know why. Btu Buddy explains how to fix it.
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Btu Buddy 67: Was the Charge Really Low?

October 20, 2008
The dispatcher sends Bob to a new customer for a routine system tune-up. The system is a 3-ton cooling unit with a capillary tube metering device. After checking the system, Bob determines that its low-side symptoms show a low charge. Btu Buddy, however, suggests that he consider other possible causes.
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Btu Buddy 66: Spring Startup for Water-Cooled Systems

September 22, 2008
Bob and Btu Buddy meet for lunch in a restaurant so they can discuss water-cooled systems. Btu Buddy tells him about the pros and cons of air-cooled and water-cooled equipment. Bob then asks how to start up a water-cooled system in the spring and be assured that it will provide good service all summer.
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Btu Buddy 65: Chiller With High Head Pressure

August 18, 2008
The day is scorching hot and Bob gets a call to go to an office building because the air conditioning system is off. It is a water-cooled chiller located in the basement with the water tower on the roof of the building. Btu Buddy assists Bob as he finds that the condenser tubes are dirty and require cleaning.
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Btu Buddy 64: Charging an Overcharged System

July 21, 2008
Bob receives a call from the dispatcher that a system is not cooling properly. It is a small office with a 4-ton unit that uses a capillary tube metering device. Bob discovers that the system had been overcharged. With Btu Buddy's help, Bob then proceeds to properly charge the system.
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