HVAC

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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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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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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Basic draft, Part II

FeaturesBy George Lanthier In Part I, we established a lot of rules for draft and ended up by talking about outside air and the fact that although I’m the world’s greatest believer that you must have plenty of draft for combustion, I’m not an advocate of outside air. It’s funny, because over the years in my ruminations about combustion air ...

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Volkswagen dealership flaunts waste-oil-fired radiant heating system

Features Remember Volkswagen’s ‘Fahrvergnügen” ad campaign? Translated, it means ‘driving with zeal.” Today, the automaker insists that the same sense of excitement happen in the showroom, and has invested with zeal to make it happen.‘We want our new showrooms to be gems, a thrill for buyers and places of exquisite comfort,” said Frank Maguire, vice president of sales and marketing ...

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Learning the ins and out of air movement can ease installations

FeaturesBasic draft, Part 1By George Lanthier Over the years, I’ve written a lot of articles on draft and combustion, so many in fact they became the basis for one of my books, COMBUSTION & Oil Burning Equipment. Although oilheat service technicians have to know a lot about controls to systems to metal working and even some carpentry to get the ...

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