testing run caps the easy way

TESTING RUN CAPACITORS THE SMART (AND EASY) WAY March 4, 2017 Bryan Orr When testing a run capacitor many techs pull the leads off and use the capacitance setting on their meter to test the capacitor. On a system that is not running there isn’t anything wrong with this test, but when you are CONSTANTLY checking capacitors as a matter …

famous last words (before a callback)

FAMOUS LAST WORDS (BEFORE A CALLBACK) February 26, 2017 Bryan Orr 1 Comment You’ve probably heard the famous last words “Dude, watch this” before a concussion, burn, shock, broken bones or some other bodily harm. This phrase has become synonymous with young guys doing something dumb to impress their friends. Technicians have two common phrases that may not lead to bodily …

a very loud compresser

A REALLY LOUD COMPRESSOR February 18, 2017 Bryan Orr 1 Comment Yesterday I walked up on one one of our managers who was talking to a junior tech dignosing an intermittent controls issue on a pool heat pump. In the background you could hear an EXTREMELY loud compressor. The junior tech had just been moving some wires around and next …

super heat and subcooling

SUPERHEAT AND SUBCOOLING Target Superheat [(3 x Indoor Return Air Wet bulb temp)-(80)-(Outdoor dry bulb temp at condenser)]/2= Target Superheat EXAMPLE Indoor wet bulb = 60, Outdoor dry bulb is 90 [(3 x 60)-(80)-(90)]/2 [(180-80-90)]/2 (10)/2=5 Target superheat is 5 F Superheat Suction Line Temperature – Suction Saturation temperature = Superheat Suction saturation temperature is the temperature of a refrigerant …

8 TIPS FOR NEW TECHS (SO YOU DON’T GET FIRED)

 8 TIPS FOR NEW TECHS (SO YOU DON’T GET FIRED)   If you are new to the trade… welcome If you are young and new to the trade, we need you, but if you aren’t careful you might get fired. No offense, millennials often just have a different way of looking at work than their GenX bossses and trainers. Here …