Author: Patrick Peterson

Patrick is Zen HVAC’s diagnostic and training guy.

Patrick started in the trade the day he left technical school and never looked back.

He’s served in various technical and training roles in the HVAC industry but specializes in system troubleshooting and diagnostics, retro commissioning, and technical training.

His moto: If I can understand it, anybody can.

Patrick uses the Zen common sense approach to teach

Patrick’s Likes- His Wife, kids and dog. Old pickup trucks. Hiking. The industrial Revolution.

Patrick’s Dislikes- Taking work too seriously. Anything unintuitive. Emoticons :(

Patrick’s Favorite famous person- Theodore Roosevelt “I am only an average man, But I work harder at it than the average man”

Famous Patrick Quote- “Well, that was stupid of me”

TECHNICAL LANGUAGE TRANSLATOR

There is a significant language barrier that has been frustrating attempts at developing a unified team atmosphere between technical and sales / marketing people. This translator was developed to help overcome this communication barrier. Please read and familiarize yourself with this robust document.

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Zen’s take on the Fluke T6-1000: It’s the Shiznick

A non-contact fork style meter that measures voltage and amperage at the same time. WHAAAT? Check it out and tell ’em the folks at ZenHVAC sent you. (Note: this and two-fifty may get you a coffee…not a latte, grande, crappy,

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I only work on….

    Zen’s thought of the day: “I only work on boilers” “I only work on chillers” “I only work on……”   Here’s what we have to say about the “I only work on” mindset- “Your an expert on one?

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Thought of the Day

Think about it; the machines we work on are no different than any other machine. Do pickup trucks break down? Yes. Do they normally break down for no reason? No. Show me a truck with a blown transmission and I’ll

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Mechanics and Technicians

Technicians are the elite of an elite industry.

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Diagnostic Techs wouldn’t have anything to diagnose if it weren’t for installers.

Think of their job like; performing heart surgery, while standing on a ladder 12 feet in the air, in brutal summer heat, with someone welding steel I-Beams 20 feet away, while wearing a hard-hat, safety gloves, and a fall protection harness.

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The HVAC Technician’s Career Path Guide -Part 1

Once an HVAC technician, always a HVAC technician?

Don’t bet on it.

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What is Superheat and Subcooling? The Ying and Yang of Air Conditioning

Together they let you take a peek into the inner workings of the magic known as refrigeration, separately they’re about useless. It seems everyone is fascinated with super heat. They’re quick to add refrigerant if the superheat is “high”, or

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Call me a HVAC“Contractor” one-more-time…I dare you. Part-1

We employ Technicians who maintain, diagnose and repair complicated machinery…don’t represent yourself as, or compete with something you’re not.

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Installation Clearances for HVAC

There are a billion ways to ball up an installation or replacement of HVAC equiptment…give or take a million. Fortunately, one of the most common mistakes is also easily avoidable; setting the unit. From access concerns to performance issues, there’s

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