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Natural Gas piping Questions

I recently had a reader ask these questions: How bad is it to use regular galvanized pipe instead of black? How tight should 1/2″ pipe be? I was taught to use sealant dope but to skip the first thread. Should … Continue reading

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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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THANK YOU!

A couple of milestones were hit recently  — in April, this blog turned 4 years old. It was started in April 2011. Even more amazing is, as of this writing, there have been 400,312 views of the various articles from … Continue reading

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Compressor Electrical Diagnostics — Revisited

In reviewing posts from time to time that have the most views i feel it is a good thing to bring back a post that was previously written.  The following was originally written back in 2011 but there have been … 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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Heating Season — Air Flow

In the last post we discussed temperature rise and how to check that.We discussed how this affects the proper operation of a furnace and keeps it from operating too hot and cycling on the limit control. We talked about adjusting fan speed  to … Continue reading

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Heating Season — Gas Pressure

In my last post, I said we needed to get out brain-set back to heating.  one of the items that needs to be looked at is gas pressure — both inlet and manifold pressure.  It is important to understand that … Continue reading

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Heating Season?

In the upper Midwest, the leaves  on the trees are turning beautiful colors, the morning air has a little “chill” to it, and people are starting to turn on their heating systems, both commercially and residentially. Now comes the time … Continue reading

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Hot Surface Igniters

To start this post, let’s answer the question, What is a Hot Surface Igniter? The hot surface igniter, or glow bar as it is commonly referred to, is a device that lights the burners in your furnace. Just as you used … Continue reading

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“Can’t See The Forest for The Trees”

Of course, the title of this post is a very old saying but I felt is was appropriate here.  Why did I choose this as the title — because the meaning is: If you can’t see the forest for the … Continue reading

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