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    That is entirely possible, i assumed since it had...

    That is entirely possible, i assumed since it had a drain it might be designed to hold ice. only the sides appear to have cooling capability, the bottom does not frost up.
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    Condenser coil is clean, there is no signs of...

    Condenser coil is clean, there is no signs of damage to the well indicating chipping at ice or hammering. this is a techumse compressor but it doesnt have the data tag on top. it only has a sticker...
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    i did not get a hot gas line temp, the compressor...

    i did not get a hot gas line temp, the compressor shell is cool to the touch.
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    in my experience the high compression ratio in...

    in my experience the high compression ratio in this application makes for a shorter compressor life. seen it many times on an FSA freezer warehouse
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    i should mention , the unit runs continuosly and...

    i should mention , the unit runs continuosly and never seems to shut off.
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    they have a temp control with bulb mounted in a...

    they have a temp control with bulb mounted in a well inside table. It doesnt have any service valves to do a pumpdown. i was suspecting possible valve issues as 42 psi seems a tad high for suction...
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    randell well style salad table

    Working on a Randell cold well salad table. on arrival found the txv was not feeding and was original to unit. replaced with correct size TXV and replaced Liguid line drier, noted that compressor has...
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    I loved working for the Billings Montana branch,...

    I loved working for the Billings Montana branch, in fact I have considered moving back there. they payed higher wages than the union shops in the area and had better benefits
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    I transferred to Oregon with that company and...

    I transferred to Oregon with that company and didn't like the portland branch at all. ended up leaving them within a week and went to work for an hvac-r mechanical company that does pretty much...
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    wow, i'm also in portland and our summer has been...

    wow, i'm also in portland and our summer has been anything but "wimpy" i'm actually looking forward to fall when we only get 8-10 hours O.T a week.
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    what's your strangest service call?

    Years ago when i was fairly green i had a customer who complained that her furnace rattled every morning at 7:00 when she turned it on. first trip i tested the furnace and couldn't duplicate the...
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    we usually see 100 at least once a year and the...

    we usually see 100 at least once a year and the norm is 80-90's in summer
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    Portland Oregon our rate is around 34.00 for...

    Portland Oregon
    our rate is around 34.00 for Journeyman. add to it company paid health insurance for your entire family, profit sharing annually and 401K match, paid school tution upon class...
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    I just worked 65 hours in 5 days..i could use...

    I just worked 65 hours in 5 days..i could use some slowing down. I used to think of our trade as recession proof but this year has shown me otherwise. while our company has been able to maintain,...
  15. sounds like some refrigerant was added and the...

    sounds like some refrigerant was added and the unit is overcharged as well. it seems like when a cap tube plugs up the system will go into a pump down scenario. seldom see high head pressure with a...
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    I worked for source but no longer do. most of the...

    I worked for source but no longer do. most of the branches use written tests to give raises. you must pass a test to advance to the next level to get a raise. I didn't like this aspect of the...
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    I like my women with a good set of headlights....

    I like my women with a good set of headlights. makes it easier to drive at night. she's built like a 10 year old boy and doesn't do a thing for me...
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    when the big hand touches the little hand

    when the big hand touches the little hand
  19. Blast the pirates with Barbara Streisand Music.....

    Blast the pirates with Barbara Streisand Music.. I know that would stop me in my tracks
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    my thoughts exactly. a good tech should make a...

    my thoughts exactly. a good tech should make a good hourly wage without incentive pay.
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    I like going home at night and leaving work and...

    I like going home at night and leaving work and the related stress... at work. i have zero desire to spend every waking hour worrying about every little thing. I have a buddy who owns his own auto...
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    I use a hose when possible but also carry a 3...

    I use a hose when possible but also carry a 3 gallon pump sprayer. when filled with HOT water it cuts through the ice like a torch and makes quick work without making a huge mess
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    EXACTLY!!

    EXACTLY!!
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    bipassing high limit safety...

    went in a call today for a blank T-stat at a KFC. checked the breaker before going up on the roof and it tripped instantly. get up to the roof and pull off the comprressor access panel and do a...
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    I'm a freakin car nut. my daily driver is an 08...

    I'm a freakin car nut. my daily driver is an 08 pontiac grand prix GXP(LS4 V8). my passion is old Buick muscle cars. I find tons of old cars while traveling for work.
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    Last summer i had to replace a 480/3 compressor...

    Last summer i had to replace a 480/3 compressor for a server room A/C for a global company. they had two similar 15 ton condensers side by side but the one i was doing the changeout on had the...
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    I would much rather work on a manitowoc over a...

    I would much rather work on a manitowoc over a hoshizaki. don't even get me started on Ice-O-matics. I gotta say the follet was one of the more interesting ones i have had to work on
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    restringing can be a royal pain but when a unit...

    restringing can be a royal pain but when a unit is down and oem isnt readily available restringing may be your only option. it takes patience to get it right the first time.. stretch the new element...
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    $84,100 would be one hell of a side job..a fella...

    $84,100 would be one hell of a side job..a fella wouldn't have to have a regular job with that kind of moonlighting.
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    they only get away with that crap because you let...

    they only get away with that crap because you let them. Good techs are hard to find and there are always good companies looking for techs. our company pays us for any and all work related time...
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    The last 2 weeks i have been doing an inspection...

    The last 2 weeks i have been doing an inspection and making a list of needed repairs for a high school who's maintenance man/boiler operator retired. first thing i did was reset the water meter for...
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    I was in Billings for 8 years and just moved back...

    I was in Billings for 8 years and just moved back to the pacific northwest. there are two unions for service in Montana and both suck although the local 30 sucks the most. The wages are really...
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    I still work for Source, no comment at this time

    I still work for Source, no comment at this time
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    So.. I thought I had an interview

    we are getting ready to relocate back to the Portland area so i did some job searching on a couple hvac related web sites. I found one very near where i am moving to. called them and spoke to the...
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    looking for work in Portland Oregon

    I am relocating to The Portland Oregon area and am looking for a quality company to work for. I have 19 years experience in the HVAC-R field and have all my own tools. NATE certified, Boiler...
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    1) underpayed compared to other shops in the...

    1) underpayed compared to other shops in the region

    2) micromanaging

    3) lack of work
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    Source refrigeration in Billings Montana is...

    Source refrigeration in Billings Montana is looking for techs. I am currently employed there but will be transferring to the Portland oregon office in early november.. Great pay and benefits and the...
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    After 20 years of working for semi small shops 8...

    After 20 years of working for semi small shops 8 months ago I went to work for Source refrigeration. i was skeptical about them based on what i had heard. to put it in a nutshell, I have zero...
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    You're so fat that when you haul ass it takes two...

    You're so fat that when you haul ass it takes two trips...
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    I have something called a filter grabber. you...

    I have something called a filter grabber. you lower it from the roof with a rope and when it hits the box it grabs it and you pull the box up. no more waiting for the shop guy to come and help get...
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    I work for Source refrigeration although not in...

    I work for Source refrigeration although not in grand junction. they pay well, have excellent benefits and profit sharing. new vans about every 3-4 years.
  42. sadly our general manager has it in his head that...

    sadly our general manager has it in his head that 416A is the best R-12 replacement and thats what we are required to use.. sure makes it a pain when there are multiple evaps. I like MP39 and 409A
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    we had a low charge situation and switched when...

    we had a low charge situation and switched when we repaired the leak, old refrigerant was R12.
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    so if i get your point correctly a refrigeration...

    so if i get your point correctly a refrigeration tech is some kind of superhero and a HVAC-R guy is simply lucky. i seriously doubt that there are many refer guys in the field that have only...
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    a refer guy will do fine with the refrigeration...

    a refer guy will do fine with the refrigeration aspect of big rooftop units but airflow and gas heat as well as economizers and digital controls are a whole different ballgame. I personally like the...
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    when you call manitowoc tech support insist on...

    when you call manitowoc tech support insist on talking to Randy. he is the only person that i have spoken with that knows anything substantial. Bob
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    it's not often i get to say this in the middle of...

    it's not often i get to say this in the middle of feb in Montana so here goes..
    :D we had a freezing 57 degrees today, i almost broke a sweat:D
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    In my experience a hvac-r tech will always make...

    In my experience a hvac-r tech will always make more than a refrigeration technician. most companies want somebody who is well rounded and can work on 100 ton rooftop units, chillers,refrigeration...
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    earlier in the week we had a high of 7 above zero...

    earlier in the week we had a high of 7 above zero but windchill factor of -30 today it was 50 degrees out and it felt like T-shirt weather to me. only 2 more months until spring
  50. Caution: this is the kind of customer who will...

    Caution: this is the kind of customer who will not hesitate to call if he thinks the system isnt doing what he thinks it should be doing. these types of customers generate many warranty calls and...
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