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Running Down a Heating Mystery

HeatingHelp Posts: 472
edited August 2017 in THE MAIN WALL
Running Down a Heating Mystery

There are always undeniable truths when you're troubleshooting, but sometimes we miss them because we arrive at the job with our minds made up already.

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  • QC485
    QC485 Member Posts: 1
    New to this forum today, after reading Boiler Ratings Explained posted by you back in 2014. I have just read this article and I am still laughing. You are a hoot, I could read this stuff all day long.
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,621
    Welcome! And thanks.
    Retired and loving it.
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,336
    edited August 2017
    Two things were drilled into me when I first started in this business.
    1- (Now obsolete) "The ONLY nozzle for a Shell head in an 80* hollow."
    2- This was the advice of my first boss, who without his patience and generosity, I'd be bagging groceries at the Quickie Mart. He said "NEVER fix before you get there."
    Even now, you get the call from dispatch, sometimes with the clients explanation of the symptoms. As your driving, you can't help but troubleshoot in your mind.
    With residential heat or A/C calls, on repeat calls, a client will want to tell me, or show the invoices from previous techs. I politely decline so I can start from jump street and get my own view.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,621
    Ah, wisdom garnered by experience. Love it!
    Retired and loving it.
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,255
    I've been troubleshooting for well over 50 years and the one thing I learned to do when a problem had me stumped was to busy myself with something else for a while and came back at it from a fresh perspective.

    An open mind sees more than a closed one (because of preconceived notions) does.

    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
    ZmanCanuckerrick in Alaska
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,621
    Bob, that's also essential to writing.
    Retired and loving it.