The logic of believing a "rule-of-thumb" given to residential AC techs and trying to apply it to something he doesn't know anything about.
what PHM said.
A common practice during pumpdowns is to push the contactor in with a screwdriver. This, of course, cannot be applied to a part winding start motor. The control must be bypassed to bring both contactors on.
I must say that I have never seen a part winding start motor used on a rack system. A few on AC equipment, but not on the racks.
Yes there's a ton of low-pressure chillers out there. New ones are being installed and started up every day.
I'd never advocate pushing in a motor starter or contactor, and definitely not two contactors at the same time. Part-winding starters are there for a reason, and they are usually applied on large HP compressors and motors. I don't want a screwdriver being the only thing between my hand and 460volts/200+amps.
This is the problem when residential service techs start to work on larger equipment. I will never push a contactor in by hand. I have seen the outcome of it and you can not do that in a safe manner. I have gone behind other service techs that were severly burned on their hands and had to have metal removed from their eyes because of this practice. Take the time to do the job safe and be able to show up tomorrow to work again. GOOGLE ARC FLASH VIDEOS AND YOU WILL THINK TWICE ABOUT HURRYING IN THE FUTURE!!
Yup. As I saw on a poster once, "ELECTRICITY IS A VENGEFUL B***H, NOT TO BE TRIFLED WITH".
The one time that you run across a dead short or a like problem in a motor, as you make the contact at the contactor...that can change your life. For that matter, how many of us are religious about wearing eye protection? I wish I could say that I never forget to put them on. Burnt hands would be bad but not comparable to losing your sight.
Everyone in this trade-field AND office-should have to go through arcflash training. Heck-I think everyone should have at the minimum OSHA 10 training. Lots of ways to get hurt/killed. Field personnel need to know the risks and how to avoid them, office personnel need to know the same so they know better than to question the field when it comes to safety concerns. We've all been there though, take a shortcut 'cause we want to get in/out-I'm as guilty as any. I had an apprentice question not too long ago me on why I was checking power in to a unit after I had shut the disconnect off. I told him (1.) a disconnect is a switch, and all switches eventually fail, and (2.) Had I not checked it and it was bad-it wouldn't have been the first time I got shocked, but it could have been the last.
[QUOTE=will smith I had an apprentice question not too long ago me on why I was checking power in to a unit after I had shut the disconnect off. I told him (1.) a disconnect is a switch, and all switches eventually fail, and (2.) Had I not checked it and it was bad-it wouldn't have been the first time I got shocked, but it could have been the last.[/QUOTE]
Three weeks ago I was changing out a burnt stepdown transformer. I hit the disco only to find the switch had failed on the middle leg. Never saw that before, heard about it but never had it happen to me. You can't check for power too carefully.