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”

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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The Room Temperature Room!

Have you ever wondered what Room Temperature really is? Wonder no more!

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Heat Pump Reversing Valve 101

  The reversing valve; the second most confusing part of a heat pump (Yes, the defrost board still holds first place for the most confusing part) So, what’s the confusion about heat pump reversing valves? The confusion is understandable; a

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Good news! Skilled trades are in demand! Question: does anyone care?

In Emily Prieffer’s article, The construction industry’s top workforce challenge — and 3 potential solutions, she found that 69% of general contractors are having a tough time filling craft positions. While the article is based on the construction industry its close relative, the

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Ammonia a 19th Century Solution to a 21st Century Problem ?

sometimes, the answers to the questions aren’t necessarily new. This week Kathy Jackson brought us her thoughts on a new / old solution to an relatively recent issue.

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The Future of Your Business is Directly Related To Your Workforce

…no matter how well you run your business, no matter how well you project the next quarter’s sales, no matter how well you train your technicians, it’s over in 10 or 20 years.

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