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York Variable Frequency Drives VFDs | HVAC Control

York Variable Frequency Drives VFDs | HVAC Control - Variable Frequency Drives or VFD’s have added a whole new dimension to energy efficiency and control. These drives, or VFD’s, are hooked up to two different York VAV air handlers that have two...

Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home | HVAC and Health

Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home - You already know that inadequate ventilation in the home can lead to mold, mildew, and poor indoor airflow. This, in turn, can trap pollutants indoors, leading to allergies and other, more...

HVAC Centrifugal Compressors | HVAC Refrigeration

HVAC Centrifugal Compressors - Centrifugal compressors are used in many applications including pipeline transport of natural gas along with many other related applications including vapor compression refrigeration. These compressors have different...

Electric Motors Basics | HVAC Technical

Electric Motors Basics - The HVAC industry depends heavily on the electric motor. The electric motor is the basic component which powers blowers to move air. Electric motors drive compressors to compress refrigerant. And the electric motor powers pumps to move water...

Troubleshooting Broken Thermostats | HVAC Control

What you will learn from Troubleshooting Broken Thermostats article: One of the most common trouble calls for HVAC Basic checks of the thermostat to see if it is broken or? The basics of the thermostat Learn what a heating anticipator is and what...

Rheem Water Heater Reviews

Rheem Water Heater Reviews - Rheem offers hot water heaters that are gas-fired, electric, tankless hot water heaters, indirect water heaters, and solar water heaters in various capacities for residential and commercial hot water heating application. Some...

Rooftop Economizer CO2 | HVAC Control

Rooftop Economizer CO2 | HVAC Control - This damper is part of a free cooling system for a rooftop economizer. It is part of an economizer damper system which allows free outside air cooling when the outside air temperature and humidity are ideal. This...

How to Wire a Thermostat | HVAC Control

the most common trouble call by service and repair HVAC companies about thermostat wire with a resource for more information the best advice for changing your thermostat the most common mistakes made by DIY thermostat changers the importance of...

Gas Valve Troubleshooting | Diagnosis and Repair

Gas valves used in a modern state of the art residential gas furnaces are typically controlled via a state of the art electronic ignition control or a printed circuit board. Other types of gas valves include the standing pilot gas valve. Gas valves can be...

Heat Pump AC Condenser Fan Motor Not Turning

Heat Pump AC Condenser Fan Motor Not Turning - Both heat pumps and air conditioners use the process of refrigeration to provide heating and cooling. One of the major components of that process is the condenser. A major component of the condenser is a...

What Happens When My Boiler is Flooded

What Happens When My Boiler is Flooded  - Richard, What Happens When My Boiler is Flooded? - Hurricane Irene was a disaster for us as we live in a Northern state that was hit by flooding from the rain of Hurricane Irene. As a result of the loss of power and the...

Air Conditioning and Heating Heat/Energy Values – HVAC Technical

Air Conditioning and Heating Heat/Energy Values - Heat is energy and when we produce heat we need to use energy in its production. There are natural methods for producing heat without burning or using fuels but these methods are not practical or available...

Gas Furnace Ignition Control Operation | HVAC Heating

Gas Furnace Ignition Control Operation | HVAC Heating. This furnace control board controls much of the functions of this gas furnace with few exceptions. The main control comes from the thermostat and once the thermostat tells the gas furnace control board...

Converting an Air Conditioner to a Heat Pump

Converting an Air Conditioner to a Heat Pump Can I convert my air conditioner to a heat pump? Yes you can do this if you: I get this question a lot in my emails and wanted to address it. The time and materials it would take to change an air conditioner into a heat...

Bryant Air Conditioners Reviews – Consumer Ratings

Bryant Air Conditioners Reviews - Bryant offers a variety of air conditioning systems that range from 13 SEER* all the way up to 21 SEER* for efficiency ranges. In Bryant's lower efficiency ranges, Bryant also offers equipment with the old refrigerant R-22 while...

Common Sense Safety and the Codes

Common Sense Safety and the Codes - Some HVAC Installation technicians take pride in their work and make any installation job they perform look like a work of art. There are others who don’t care and want to install the unit as quickly as possible and move on down...

How a Programmable Thermostats Works | HVAC Control

How a Programmable Thermostats Works - Programmable thermostats can save you more than ten percent on your homes utility bills. For that reason a programmable can pay for itself within a few years depending on the type and expense of the type you purchase. I always...

International Fuel Gas Code Overview

International Fuel Gas Code Overview: Codes are used by contractors and inspectors as a guideline for the safe installation of appliances and piping. The International Fuel Gas Code book is the basis of many installation practices, again, for safe...

Fix Sweating Copper Pipes

What you will learn from How to Fix Sweating Copper Pipes article: one of our readers submitted the question, How to Fix Sweating Copper Pipes - and we will answer her question. a description of the problem with the sweating pipe the name of the copper...

Carrier Versus Rheem Heat Pumps

Carrier Versus Rheem Heat Pumps - In this comparison matrix rundown we compare the mid-grade heat pump models from Carrier to Rheem. We selected similar models with similar efficiency ranges for comparison of the technical components side by side. This is not an...

Scroll Compressors | HVAC Refrigeration

Scroll Compressors - One of the workhorses for heat pumps and air conditioners is the scroll compressor. The scroll compressor works as many other compressors do as far as the refrigeration process is concerned. The scroll compresses the refrigerant thereby raising...

Buying a New HVAC System

Buying a New HVAC System - If you are in the unenviable position of trying to sell your home or if you expect to be putting your home on the market in the next couple years, you need every edge you can get to help attract buyers and get a good offer on...

Water Heater Appliance Types 2 | HVAC and Plumbing

Water Heater Appliance Types 2 - Gas, Electric, Oil, and Tankless water heaters were covered on page one and on page two we cover boilers with domestic water heater coils, heat pump water heaters, and solar water heaters. Please navigate back to page one...

R-410A versus R-22 Refrigerants | HVAC Refrigeration

R-410A versus R-22 Refrigerants - R-22 is a refrigerant that has been widely used in air conditioners and heat pumps for many years. It has been deemed hazardous to the environment and it will begin phase-out by law in the year 2010. The replacement...

Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air | Refrigeration Heating Troubleshooting

Why is my Heat Pump Blowing Cold Air? | Richard, love your website!! I used a few months ago to install a new thermostat and you cleared some things up with the thermostat wiring colors I had problems trying to figure out. Thanks!! Now I just turned on my...

Gas Manifolds | Furnace Components

Gas Manifolds - Furnace gas manifolds connect the valve to the main burners and it is important that the proper pressure be present inside the manifold for proper combustion. Manifold pressure is different from natural gas to liquid propane. Furthermore,...

Minisplit Ductless Heat Pumps Air Conditioners

Minisplit Ductless Heat Pumps Air Conditioners - There are many people who can actually save money by installing a mini-split ductless air conditioner or heat pump over installing the conventional ducted split system air conditioner or heat pump. A few of the...

Tempstar Air Conditioner Reviews | Consumer Ratings

Tempstar Air Conditioner Reviews | Consumer Ratings - Tempstar offers air conditioners with efficiency ratings from 13 SEER to 19 SEER. Tempstar air conditioners are mainly used for residential and light commercial applications and Tempstar air conditioners offer...

Frigidaire Air Conditioner Reviews – Consumer Ratings

Frigidaire Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Ratings - Nearly everyone who has gone shopping for a window unit air conditioners and refrigerators knows that Frigidaire produces these products in addition to producing split system air conditioner and heat pumps....

Kenmore Water Heater Reviews

Kenmore Water Heater Reviews - Kenmore offers hot water heaters in gas or electric hot water heater models for commercial and residential applications. Capacities for Kenmore hot water heaters vary but are available in most sizes to fit with the...


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