Author Archives: The Staff

Minding your PSCs

FeaturesKnowing the right tests can eliminate confusion in maintaining Permanent Split CapacitorsBy George Lanthier In this article, I’m going to discuss the Permanent Split Capacitor, or PSC motor. About five years ago, these motors hit the United States oil-burner industry and have taken off like no device I’ve ever seen. What’s funny to me as a teacher and industry history ...

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Pennsylvania company pioneering the availability of biofuel on the East Coast

Features BY CHRIS TRACZEK An energy company in Pennsylvania, Independence Biofuels Inc., is helping the nation move closer to energy security by opening a state-of-the-art injection facility featuring biofuels in Highspire, Pa. Worley & Obetz, Inc., established in 1946, has become the largest family-owned energy company in Lancaster County and has become the sole user of Independence BioFuels’ product line, ...

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Checking low-water cutoffs

FeaturesService techs must know the correct procedure to complete this common taskBy George Lanthier I love surfing the Internet and the information that’s available there is incredible. There are several great sites for heating guys and we are finally getting around, by request, to bringing back our own Chat Room, DragonTalk. My hopes are that it will not only house ...

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Technology meets marketing

FeaturesCustomer Relationship Management can reduce costs, increase revenueBy Mike Hatch Technology has transformed the way many companies now approach marketing and the management of customer relations. Many highly successful Fortune 500 Companies have successfully employed CRM, or Customer Relationship Management technology. The technology has provided significant competitive advantages while reducing costs, expanding capabilities and growing revenue.In the oilheat industry, our ...

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Trucking along: Over 7,000 attended the 2005 Work Truck Show

FeaturesBY CHRIS TRACZEK With initial data showing an attendance of more than 7,000, The Work Truck Show 2005 and 41st Annual NTEA Convention was the place for industry professionals to see the latest products and product innovations; discover solutions to technical questions; and network with colleagues. The event is the country’s largest gathering of Class 1 through 8 commercial trucks ...

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Closing the loop, Part I

FeaturesRemodeled Tigerloop oil de-aerator sets a new standard for the industryBy Lindy Lindtveit ‘Why, that looks just like R2D2 from ‘Star Wars’!”That’s the typical reaction you hear from a burner tech that sees the new Tigerloop oil de-aerator for the first time. And while it’s not exactly a duplicate of that little robot, it does look quite different from the ...

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A birthday to remember

2005 AHR Expo celebrates 75th anniversary with record number of exhibitors For the first time in the 75-year history of the AHR Expo, the show was held in Orlando, Fla., and as anticipated, it attracted a large number of industry professionals from around the globe. According to show management, the 2005 AHR Expo set a new record for number of ...

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Sears Home Central launches TankSure Program in major Canadian oilheat markets

FeaturesBY CHRIS TRACZEK Sears is one of the most recognized and well-respected brands in North America. Sears Home Central in Canada not only epitomizes the brand, but is also Canada’s largest retailer. The mega-retailer is known for brands like Kenmore, its expansive retail outlets and its far-reaching HVAC Service and Equipment Repair network. The breadth of the company’s HVAC Service ...

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Managing your risk

FeaturesHow to make a swap contract work for you and your business By James M. Burr Last month we discussed the basics of futures contracts. This month, we are going to discuss the basics of swaps.For the purposes of this article, we will assume that the terms ‘swaps contract,” ‘derivatives” and ‘over-the-counter contracts (OTCs)” are all interchangeable.A swap contract is ...

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