Tech Tips

Tech Tips is another great way that Ferguson HVAC EastWest Air brings you more information without leaving your place of business. We have expert staff eager to share articles about the equipment you use. Read about solutions, best practices and user guides for all of your major equipment needs.

November 30, 2018

Tech Tip: Failed Ignitor

How do you deal with a failed ignitor? Step 1: When testing a silicon carbide hot surface ignitor, disconnect it from the control board and measure the resistance using your multimeter. Step 2: Be sure your multimeter is set to properly measure a resistance of 10 to 200 ohms. Step 3: A good hot surface […]

November 29, 2018

Quick Fixes for Failing Capacitors

Are you tired of constantly dealing with failed capacitors? Rather than waiting on a capacitor to fail, take the precautionary measures for efficient and effective installation: Overheating is the likely cause of capacitor failure. Go the extra mile to ensure that each capacitor has a bleed resistor in place before installation. Identify the MFD rating needed to guarantee the capacitor is […]

October 12, 2018

THREE PHASE SYSTEM AND COMPRESSOR START-UP

On startup, it should be required to have gauges connected.  This is the only way you will know if the compressor is running correctly.  If the compressor is running backwards, the suction pressure will not drop, and discharge pressure will not rise to normal levels.  If compressor is running in backwards, remove power and reverse […]

October 12, 2018

THREE PHASE SYSTEM AND COMPRESSOR START-UP

On startup, it should be required to have gauges connected.  This is the only way you will know if the compressor is running correctly.  If the compressor is running backwards, the suction pressure will not drop, and discharge pressure will not rise to normal levels.  If compressor is running in backwards, remove power and reverse […]

October 12, 2018

IS PRIMARY VOLTAGE SET CORRECTLY ON THE TRANSFORMER?

Many 24v control voltage issues on BOTH commercial and residential systems are caused by not correctly setting up the transformer. Problems can be immediate or may surface may years later. Symptoms may include: low control voltage (24v), unit won’t do anything, contactor not pulling in, not being able to program thermostat, and erratic cooling, heating, […]