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  1. Thread: epa licence lookup

    by WMG
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    Go here for your info. ...

    Go here for your info.
    https://www.escoinst.com/Student/Default.aspx
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    I think 30 years old is the perfect age and...

    I think 30 years old is the perfect age and definetly younger than most knowledgable techs I have seen. Just don't abuse your back and you should be fine.
  3. Thread: Career Question

    by WMG
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    Here is my idea for the most efficient route to...

    Here is my idea for the most efficient route to become an apprentice tech in the beginning and eventually a seasoned technician, which I am still working on becoming. Buy modern refrigeration...
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    Techs, parts changers; supply/demand

    I'm trying to do a little research on the overall HVAC job market. Does it seem like there is an over or under supply of solid techs, parts changers, helpers and job applicants? Does it seem like the...
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    If you Message me I can give you the name and...

    If you Message me I can give you the name and number of the best tech in north Texas who also owns his own company.
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    In my few summers in the trade I have a strong...

    In my few summers in the trade I have a strong belief when it comes to getting a new system. The quality of the install is of more importance than the brand of the equipment. If the giant company is...
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    Typo

    That is exactly right. Our concept of time is different than that of our Heavenly Father. I fear God and eternity in hell therefore I ask for forgiveness of my sins and eternal salvation. I used to...
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    This one is in attic above a 2 story house so it...

    This one is in attic above a 2 story house so it sounds like the sales tech is correct. It would have been nice if he would have sold the correct lineset to begin with.
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    So what evaporator coil would be the best these...

    So what evaporator coil would be the best these days when simply replacing one on say 3 ton split system?
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    As much as I despised the thought of learning how...

    As much as I despised the thought of learning how to bend metal I am currently learning and it really doesn't seem too bad although it takes a long time. And at my present place of employment you...
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    Liquid line undersized or bad TXV

    The sales tech where I work sold a 2 ton 410A system with 3/4" liquid line fittings to replace an R22 outdated system with 3/4" liquid line fittings but the actual liquid line is about 50' long and...
  12. My first job was as a start up tech for brand new...

    My first job was as a start up tech for brand new apartment complexes, then I was a start up tech for new houses, then I was a service tech. Now I do pull and cleans and installs. Installs are more...
  13. Here is the lowdown in my perspective which...

    Here is the lowdown in my perspective which likely will stir backlash so here it goes. This business is full of crooks like nothing I have ever seen. It is a very rewarding cater when you get some...
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    Acidic foaming coil cleaner for one but the worst...

    Acidic foaming coil cleaner for one but the worst is phosgene gasses or sizzling refrigerant oil when sweating an old A-coil in a basement which has old black foam insulation glued to it. I have...
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    Duct board vs. sheet metal

    Is duct board or sheet metal the way to go? When I worked in Texas everywhere I worked used duct board, silver tape, flex duct, and pookie. Now I am in Kansas and it is all hard duct, S Lock and...
  16. Thread: Vacuum not holding

    by WMG
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    Vacuum not holding

    I have not bee able to hold a vacuum lately and I am thinking of several different reasons but I'm hoping I can get some help with this. One of my hoses from a set of gauges lost a rubber gasket...
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    Gopher this gopher that. Carry the ladder. R22 is...

    Gopher this gopher that. Carry the ladder. R22 is green R410 is pink. Don't step through ceilings or cause water damage because you will get fired on the spot. Sheet metal will cut you like a razor...
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    I understand both arguments, CYA do you still...

    I understand both arguments, CYA do you still have a job tomorrow and at the same time not be the kind of crook that gives our industry a bad name.

    For example replacing a bad Capacitor knowing...
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    I had my butt handed 2 me today. A ghetto house...

    I had my butt handed 2 me today. A ghetto house had painted wooden steps and while doing a pull and clean I busted hard! Praise The Lord I was warmed up because otherwise I would be hurting!
  20. If I was King I would prefer to have the first...

    If I was King I would prefer to have the first air conditioners ever made. I have seen them in movies but never fortunate enough to have my own. They were the beautiful women in silk waving fans over...
  21. Thread: Sight glass TXV

    by WMG
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    Sorry for the misunderstanding. I in no way meant...

    Sorry for the misunderstanding. I in no way meant to be a smartass. I have learned more from this website than any other educational tool I have used and would not jeopardize my access by being a...
  22. Thread: Sight glass TXV

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    No, Thank You very much.

    No, Thank You very much.
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    Awesome!!! Pay attention to everything, have a...

    Awesome!!! Pay attention to everything, have a good attitude and know you are lucky to get $14 an hour. It also helps to listen and not talk. If they need a tool get it quickly and be ready to assist...
  24. Thread: Sight glass TXV

    by WMG
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    Sight glass TXV

    I have been directed to install Sight glasses in all residential systems with TXV's and never with pistons or fixed orifices due to overcharging. Is this becoming the norm in the industry? Should I...
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    They didn't teach that the day I went. It was all...

    They didn't teach that the day I went. It was all during OJT.
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    not as scary as when messing with a 3 phase...

    not as scary as when messing with a 3 phase contactor and it goes BOOM!
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    X3

    X3
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    Agreed. I will not get butthurt and throw a...

    Agreed. I will not get butthurt and throw a tantrum because someone says something that is not soothing to my ego. It really sucks when I get upset because someone says something along the lines of...
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    Geothermal heat pump operate using the stored...

    Geothermal heat pump operate using the stored heat below the surface of the earth where apparently 10' below the surface the temperature stays at comfortable temperature year around. Here is a vid.
    ...
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    I could not agree more but low voltage control...

    I could not agree more but low voltage control wiring seems to be where most apprentices have the most issues. Along with correct diagnosis and not just being a "Parts Changer".
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    One thing I learned the hard way was a boss...

    One thing I learned the hard way was a boss treats his customers like he treats his clients. If he advises selling one pound of refrigerant and charging for five pounds or not pulling a vacuum after...
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    If will hold a vacuum of 350 microns with an...

    If will hold a vacuum of 350 microns with an actual micron gauge attached you can be pretty sure it is not a leak. Even when nitrogen pressurization will hold due to a nail in a refrigerant line a...
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    I'm not sure why but electric resistance heat is...

    I'm not sure why but electric resistance heat is expensive. At 10 cents per kilowatt hour a 5kw heat strip would cost approximately 50 cents an hour to operate. I would prefer natural gas heat with a...
  34. Thread: heat pump

    by WMG
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    You could use magnets to see if the inner...

    You could use magnets to see if the inner reversing valve slide is sliding all the over to the side opposite of the solenoid. Without proper pressures this will not make the slide.also you can...
  35. Thread: Bad Capacitors

    by WMG
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    Run capacitors keep the phase of the current...

    Run capacitors keep the phase of the current correct for an individual motor. If the capacitance is too high the motor will run too fast and if it is too low the motor will heat up because it needs...
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    Thick skin, willpower, self discipline

    Thick skin, willpower and discipline is what this trade requires as well as competence and a toolbox full of skills. I went to a 2 week crash course in 2011 and have been drug through the mud ever...
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    You said it all right there. Man that was deep....

    You said it all right there. Man that was deep. He is already worried about the contents of a shipping container. Can you imagine how concerned he would be with billable hours and overtime? I have...
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    I would recommend to anybody to never EVER deal...

    I would recommend to anybody to never EVER deal with American Homeshield. I was in the ghetto the other day and told a mountain of a man R22 was going to cost $100 a pound and I am lucky to make it...
  39. Thread: accumulators

    by WMG
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    I think if the accumulator accumulates a sizable...

    I think if the accumulator accumulates a sizable accumulation of accumulates the fusiable fuzes fuze together in such a fuzing way eliminating the need for anything fused. Please correct me if I'm...
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    American Homeshield

    For the last few weeks I have been running nothing but American Homeshield service calls. I am authorized to make any repairs necessary as long as the ticket does not go above $205. If the repair...
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    Thanks, it will be maintenance and repair of...

    Thanks, it will be maintenance and repair of automated car washes. I'm still studying diligently for NATE however. Residential a/c slows down in the fall but the bills don't. Besides its next door to...
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    Didn't get that job but I did get one working as...

    Didn't get that job but I did get one working as a service tech on high tech car washes. And I sell parts. Not sure about a commission? Thanks for all the advice guys.
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    It still will be a step in the right direction...

    It still will be a step in the right direction toward medium low temp refrigeration.
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    Not many this time of year. If it was April it...

    Not many this time of year. If it was April it would be a different story.
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    Appliance repair beneficial to hvac?

    There is a place where I live in need of a tech or trainee to repair washers, dryers, refrigerators for resale. It sounds like mostly high end stuff. Anybody have experience in these types of...
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    I worked for Airtron out of Austin and Encore...

    I worked for Airtron out of Austin and Encore Mechanical. Airtron is a slave driver but they do things by the book.
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    Where I live I hear alot of low budget radio...

    Where I live I hear alot of low budget radio advertisements that sound like they were designed by the local high school glee club. They typically offer no payments for 6 months to entice some poor...
  48. Thread: need a hvac job

    by WMG
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    Americans are stressed out over things like the...

    Americans are stressed out over things like the economy, massive influx of foreigners migrating to the US to take skilled labor positions, and a president who is encouraging migration for an ensured...
  49. Thread: Advice? Guidance.

    by WMG
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    I would start off by buying the NATE/ICE...

    I would start off by buying the NATE/ICE certification guide. Study it daily and take the practice tests and study each question until you understand them. I study mine all the time and it helps me...
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    With no training be ready to face alot of...

    With no training be ready to face alot of rejection and with training be ready to face almost as much rejection. If they say they aren't interested ask if you can at least go for a "ride along" and...
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