Articles by Mike Taitano

Chiller Maintenance

August 6, 2007
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.
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A Review of the Refrigeration Cycle

May 7, 2007
This article discusses the refrigeration cycle, highlighting the various components - compressor, condenser, metering device, and evaporator - and the flow of refrigerant through the system.
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Commercial Refrigerator Troubleshooting

January 8, 2007
Here are some tips for your next commercial refrigerator troubleshooting call. This article provides tips for various conditions, including handling a unit that’s dead, that’s freezing up, or that might have a compressor problem.
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HVAC Service Tips for New Technicians

November 13, 2006
This article, written by an industry veteran, provides some general HVAC service techniques picked up over the years. It's designed to help technicians who are just starting out in the trade.
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Air Conditioning Freezing

September 4, 2006
There are a variety of things that can cause air conditioning freezing. The first thing to do is see if the indoor (evaporator-air handler) fan and compressor are both running at the same time.
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