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Btu Buddy 139: An Overcharged System - Part 2

Bob and Tim were at the shop after a day of service calls. The weather was still hot, 93°F, and Bob said, “We just did a service call with a system that was overcharged and had an orifice expansion device. I would like to go into further details with you on a system with a thermostatic expansion valve (TXV) for an expansion device.”


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Expand Your HVAC Business with Home Energy Audits

Homeowners Are Looking for Ways to Save Energy and Money; Here’s How HVAC Professionals Can Help

Homeowners want ways to save energy and cut costs. HVAC contractors are looking for new business opportunities. And technologies like thermal imaging enable you to see and do more than ever before. Why not bring customer needs, technology, and your skills together by offering home energy audit services? Here’s how.


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Btu Buddy 138: An Overcharged System - Part 1

Bob and Tim were on their way to a service call with a new customer. When they got to the job, the customer explained, "The unit was not cooling and I had a company come out for a service call. The unit seemed to work OK last week when it was a little cooler outside, but this week it has warmed up and the unit is not functioning as well."


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Gas Furnace That’s Operating Intermittently

Your troubleshooting situation involves a standard natural gas, induced draft, hot surface ignition system furnace. This is a new installation that has been accomplished in anticipation of the upcoming heating season, and the problem is that during the initial start-up the unit did not perform properly.


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Btu Buddy 137: Heat Pump Problem in the Summer

Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call; in fact, it sounded like a heating call. The customer has a bonus room on the third floor that used to be attic space. When Bob and Tim arrived, the customer told them, “The bonus room upstairs seems much too hot and the air coming out of the registers is hot to the touch.”


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Ammonia Chiller Provides Tailor-Made Refrigeration Solution for Ice Rink

Chiller Features a Very Low Ammonia Charge

Live Active Leisure needed to replace its existing system due to the legally imposed phaseout of HCFCs in the United Kingdom. Johnson Controls proposed the installation of an air-cooled ammonia chiller complete with heat recovery and a very low ammonia charge due to the location being close to a pedestrians’ footpath.


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10 Easy Maintenance Tips to Save Energy on Cooling Towers

A Well Maintained Unit Will Continue to Function at the Original Optimum Efficiency

Save up to 15 percent on electricity costs with these simple preventive maintenance tips for cooling tower. Routine maintenance also helps to conserve water and extend the operating life of cooling equipment.


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Btu Buddy 136: Water-Cooled Chiller Problems - Part 2

Bob and Tim were getting set up to clean the condenser tubes in a chiller. They were doing this job at night during overtime hours because they discovered the problem earlier that afternoon and the customer said the chiller needed to be able to operate at full capacity tomorrow for a conference.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A System That’s Blowing Warm Air in July

This month’s troubleshooting situation involves an air-to-air package unit heat pump that is approximately six years old, and the customer’s complaint is that, rather than providing cooling, it’s just blowing warm air.


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Btu Buddy 135: Water-Cooled Chiller Problems - Part 1

Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call at an office building with a 100-ton water-cooled chiller. As always, management was in a hurry to get the problem solved because the tenants were hot.


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