Thermostatic expansion valves (TXVs) come in many different shapes and sizes. Although they all are designed to control the superheat value of the refrigerant leaving an evaporator, there are some differences among TXVs that either enhance their operation or slightly change how they operate.
The equipment in this month’s troubleshooting situation has been around a while. Installed in 1999, the unit is a Nordyne brand, Model #S3BA-60K, and the customer requesting service explained to the dispatcher that they have had to replace fuses in the disconnect several times.
Bob and Tim were on a service call at a new customer’s house. The complaint was that the humidity in the house seemed to be high because mold was growing — shoes in closets and wooden object were the worst. The summer weather was very hot, and there was also high humidity.
This month’s troubleshooting situation involves an air-to-air package unit heat pump that is approximately nine years old, and the customer’s complaint is that rather than providing cooling, it’s just blowing warm air.
One common source of declining system performance lies in a unit’s coils. The NEWS recently talked with several industry leaders who shared their experiences, coil troubleshooting tips, and best practices to help identify and fix foiled coils.
The condensing unit market is on the rise. According to a report published by MarketsandMarkets, the global condensing unit market is forecast to reach $23.31 billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.1 percent from 2016 to 2021. And there are a number of trends contributing to this growth.
Your role in this month’s troubleshooting situation is providing a second opinion on a failed compressor diagnosis. The customer’s complaint is that the unit isn’t cooling properly — the equipment is a heat pump package unit that is just past the warranty period for the compressor.
The OS758-LS hand-held dual laser infrared thermometer delivers reliable non-contact measurement for instant troubleshooting. It measures temperatures up to 1,600°C (2,912ºF) with adjustable emissivity for accurate results.
Bob and Tim have arrived at a customer’s house that uses fuel oil for heat. This is a “no heat” call — the customer called first thing this morning and said that the oil furnace was not coming on, and the house was cold. When they arrived, they talked to the customer, and the customer said that he had made several tries to get the furnace to operate but with no luck.