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I must be doing something right!

Back in April 2011, I started writing on this blog site as a way to help my local contractors and dealers. Most of the posts were based on issues these persons were experiencing and this was a good forum to … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning — Completing the Maintenance

In this last part of my Series on “Spring Cleaning” (maintenance), we will now actually start the unit and do some checks with the unit operating.  You need to remember, SAFETY IS ALWAYS FIRST  when working on any live equipment. Make … Continue reading

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Compressor Locked Rotor Diagnostic

Each year, the compressor manufacturer’s receive numerous field returned compressors that apparently have failed. A significant number of these, believe it or not, are still in good working order.  A high percentage of these good compressors are single phase compressors condemned … Continue reading

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How Electricity “REALLY” Works

A sheet of paper crossed my desk the other day and, as I read it, a realization of a basic truth came to me.  So Simple! So obvious we couldn’t see it.  One of our engineers had discovered how power … Continue reading

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Compressor Change-outs

Too often, I get the phone call that a replacement compressor is “bad out of the box”! Now, I won’t say that never can happen. However, it is even more suspect when the contractor calls and says the replacement compressor for … Continue reading

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How to Test Capacitors

I know I am dating myself and I really hate to say this, but “when I started in this industry” I learned to test capacitors with an analog volt-ohm meter (Simpson 260 VOM to be exact and still a great … Continue reading

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