Author Archives: The Staff

Damper motor troubleshooting, Part II

Feature Story By George Lanthier Last time we looked at setting the damper motors and the servicing of the linkage on commercial burners equipped with a damper. In this article, we’ll look at the controls that make these burners operate. When used to their full abilities, they can save a customer 20 percent or more on their oil bill. It’s ...

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Steam dreams

Feature Story Used properly, steam heating can still be a valid way to provide indoor comfort By Frank ‘Steamhead” Wilsey So, you get a call where someone wants you to fix a steam-heating system. What comes to mind? Antiquated?Noisy?Uneven?Inefficient?Why doesn’t this stuff just go away, like they said it would back in the 1950s and 1960s?Why, indeed? Let’s take a ...

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Answered prayers

Cover StoryUpdated heating system cures the ills of century-old Baptist church By william montgomery Driving up Connecticut’s old Route 7 through the towns of Norwalk, Wilton, Redding and Ridgefield, up into Danbury, you pass through some of the state’s most beautiful scenery. As we took a ride up that route to take a look at a recent steam boiler installation ...

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Sweet home Chicago

Feature Story Attendance records could fall as 2006 AHR Expo visits one of its most popular destinations Based on the number of companies that have reserved space for AHR Expo 2006 in the North and South Buildings of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, Jan. 23-25, as well as a number of planned show enhancements, the event promises to be one ...

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The night I met my German friend

Feature Story By Alan Mercurio The following story is one that I have had the privilege to share with many of our fellow technicians around the world, through my book Carry The Torch: Life experiences and technical data to live by. As we head into the winter months, I thought you might enjoy reading the story as much I enjoyed ...

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A harsh winter?

Cover Story Post-hurricane refinery recovery is moving along, but distillates are in troubleby Keith Reid Hurricanes Katrina and Rita screamed ashore with all their fury and left devastation in their paths. The wreckage is still being cleared, and uprooted people remain homeless and often hopeless, and one of America’s great cities will never be the same. But for all of ...

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Damper motor troubleshooting, Part I

Feature Story By George Lanthier A lot of us do work on what I call commercial burners. Those burners are, by my definition, anything that fires lo-hi-lo, also called two-stage, and that normally means a firing rate between 6.00 gallons per hour and 35.00 gph. All those burners that fire single-stage below 6.00 gph are nothing but big residential burners ...

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To ease the threat from gas, pre-emptive sales need to be made

Feature Story Summer of ’05By Lou Karl I guess that all the service managers are having lots of fun these days. I said it before, how I envy you guys with all that action going on with the air-conditioning jobs. I am sure for all the hard work you are doing during this “steaming” hot weather, your boss will surely ...

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Smart heat: HeatManager can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20 percent

Cover Story Too much money and fuel are wasted every year because of the difficulty in choosing the right capacity boiler. When a residential or commercial boiler is specified, it must be sized to provide enough heat to overcome the coldest anticipated outdoor temperatures. However, because these extreme temperatures occur very rarely, the boiler chosen is usually forced to produce ...

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40 and counting

Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire marks four decades at annual convention Dozens of fuel oil and multi-fuel marketers rode the waves and enjoyed the ambiance of the Bay City, Portsmouth, N.H., from Sept. 20-22. Members and guests were entertained by Sprague Energy at the Axel Johnson Center on the banks of the Piscataqua River. And a genuine New England ...

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