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Tips from Contractors for Long Compressor Life

In order to keep an air-conditioning system running efficiently, it is crucial to keep the compressor in tip-top shape.  There are a few vital areas to take into consideration when focusing on the life of your compressor– troubleshooting, maintenance, and tools. Be sure to follow these tips to keep your air-conditioning system running efficiently, especially in the up-coming warmer weather:

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • Keep your condenser oil clean. A dirty condenser will cause higher than normal head pressures, which creates heat and will cause your saturated suction temperatures to be warm, causing compression failures.
  • Check superheat settings. Too low of superheat may cause liquid flooding, which is bad for the compressor.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Test electrical integrity. If you question any readings- get to the terminal to retake the readings. However, before you go and pull wires off, carefully inspect the terminals and the surroundings for any burn or fatigue signs. If an area is showing signs of terminal failure or burns, proceed with extreme caution.
  • Be sure to check: the capacitor, superheat, subcooling, crankcase heater, contractor voltage drop, and the disconnect condition
  • Lubrication is Key. Be sure to have enough oil to make sure the system is not flooding back and diluting the oil. Test the oil safety control, if there is one, by verifying the pressure setting and checking the timing.
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Tool Tips:

  • Measure compressor winding insulation integrity using a megohmmeter
  • Measure refrigerant pressures and compare them to factory data
  • All measurements need to be done with an instrument! Your hand is not a thermometer, and simply saying “it feels cold” is not correct data!

 

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Glenn Hagler Enjoys Customer Focus

Glenn Hagler

Glenn Hagler isn’t one for titles, but when he has to have one, he’s the Director of Business Development for Bruner. That means his job is to help our customers identify and quantify the value of their energy efficiency opportunities. “I get to help them save money and the environment,” Hagler said. He enjoys getting to focus solely on our customers. “When we do it right – and we normally do – we help them improve their facilities, reduce their energy consumption, and develop a trusted, long-term partnership with Bruner.” Despite all the great work he has done with our customers thus far, Glenn still considers himself “the new guy,” having only been with the company for less than one year.

,p>When he’s not working, Glenn likes to play tennis and golf, but he really cherishes the opportunities to watch his kids compete and succeed, whether the competition is in sports, arts, or academics. “It’s all good!” Glenn said – a saying that rubbed off on him from close colleague Eric Kuns. Glenn also enjoys football Saturdays when he can watch the Ohio State Buckeyes, indulging in desserts, and vacationing at the beach.

Glenn also shared a story with me regarding the dog he bought for his children and nearly killed in a headstand accident, but I’ll leave out the gory details.