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We discuss all things Air Conditioning. The Hot topics and the Cold hard facts! Welcome to the Air Conditioning Podcast! First things first, we are by no means professional broadcasters (amateur at best in fact) and podcasting is a first for us so please excuse us for any clumsy technique :) This podcast is intended for general information only and will hopefully deliver unbiased content for the benefit of not only consumers looking to purchase or seeking general information about air condit ...
 
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Matt Nelson : Mechanical Engineer & Building Commissioning Authority

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HVAC 360 is a podcast that covers the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning industry through the entire life cycle of a building. From building commissioning, engineering, and design, to construction, and of course operations and maintenance, I talk with and about the news, people, and products that are affecting our lives at a rapidly growing pace. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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In this podcast episode, Bryan goes through the addendum to the book Review of Vacuum for Service Engineers. He and Jim Bergmann had the honor of revising the latest edition in 2020. You can get the latest edition of Review of Vacuum for Service Engineers from TruTech Tools HERE. Pulling a Schrader core before evacuation makes a big difference in t…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan discusses electric heat, how we use it in our work, and what it does. Also called heat strips or heat elements, electric heat is a supplemental heat source that we usually see on heat pumps. We generally see them in fan coils within a cartridge or a kit at the top of an air handler. However, not all systems have back…
 
Trevor Matthews comes on the podcast to discuss his newest project, Refrigeration Mentor. Refrigeration Mentor uses Trevor’s experience as a trainer and field technician to guide others in their careers. Trevor’s goal is to help commercial refrigeration technicians grow and become more confident in their skills. He wants them to become the best tec…
 
In this podcast, Ben from HAVEN IAQ, Kaleb, and Bryan discuss how to control indoor air quality and take meaningful, accurate measurements. HAVEN is a platform that offers hardware and software delivered to a homeowner through an HVAC professional. HAVEN’s goal is to give its customers a healthier, more comfortable home using IAQ solutions. The har…
 
Ryan Gorman comes on the podcast to discuss the differences between a college education and early career opportunities in the skilled trades. Many parents feel pressured to send their children to college and encourage them to get a four-year degree. Despite what society may lead us to believe, there is no shame in thinking that college may not be s…
 
Hey guys! In this episode of The Air Conditioning Podcast we very fortunate to have chatted with Florida based CEO of Lead Ninja Sales Training & Marketing, Gene Slade. Now living Down Under, you may not have heard of Gene (yet), but this dude is a gun when it comes to helping Service Techs and Business Owners Double Their Sales, Income And Profits…
 
Jason Obrzut comes on the podcast to discuss A2L refrigerant facts. Jason is a member of AHRI’s Safe Refrigerant Transition Task Force and author of the RACT manual. ASHRAE designates refrigerants into categories based on toxicity (A or B) and flammability (traditionally 1, 2, and 3). So, the new A2L designation indicates that a refrigerant is rela…
 
In today’s podcast, Bryan and some Kalos employees discuss how to deal with difficult bosses and coworkers in HVAC/R work. Whether your coworkers have anger issues, are careless, or are miserable people, you don’t want that negativity to affect your job satisfaction. Addressing the behavior may likely help, but you don’t want to attack the other pe…
 
Howdy guys & gals and welcome to Episode 48 of The Air Conditioning Podcast! In this episode, we chatted with NSW based business owner Ray Pinto of Pinto Air Conditioning services. Ray spoke candidly about how and why he started his own air conditioning business, his day to day, how COVID affected his business and where he sees his business heading…
 
In today’s podcast, Ed Janowiak comes onto the podcast to talk about the ACCA manuals. Ed started off in the field and has recently become the new Manager of Design Education at ACCA. You can follow him on Snapchat (skinnyed). ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) is responsible for publishing and setting the standards in all of the books …
 
In today’s podcast, Bryan and Jesse talk about how technicians can talk about finances and money in the HVAC business. The first step for any successful business is to provide customers/clients with a product or service of value. However, there must be a balance between providing something of value to customers and providing excellent customer serv…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan explains the differences between sleeve and ball bearings. Techs often make some avoidable mistakes because they either don’t know the difference between the two or don’t notice the bearing type on their equipment. On a basic sensory level, ball bearings tend to be louder than sleeve bearings. So, if you replace a sl…
 
In today’s podcast, Trevor Matthews from Emerson talks about horizontal scroll compressors. Throughout the podcast, we refer to Bulletin AE4-1338 (R3). You can find that bulletin HERE. Horizontal scroll compressors are common in mobile applications, like buses and trains. They’re shorter in height than other compressors, so they fit into tighter sp…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan discusses buck-boost (auto) transformers and what they do. Autotransformers are not automatic; the “auto” prefix comes from the fact that autotransformers only have one inductive winding. That winding is shared by the primary and the secondary, so it is not an isolation-type transformer. These transformers run curren…
 
Hey all and welcome to Episode 46 of The Air Conditioning Podcast! In this episode, Brad and Shane have the tables turned on them and were very fortunate to have been asked to be a guest on Behind The Tools Podcast (by Tradify), with the Host and CEO of Tradify, Mr Michael Steckler. Behind the Tools Podcast is an inside look at tradespeople from al…
 
In today’s podcast, John Ellis joins Bryan to talk about indoor air quality (IAQ). He also explains the ideal process for providing IAQ solutions. John has a lot of experience work as a consultant for people who have respiratory issues. The HVAC and IAQ fields intersect in the areas of thermal comfort, humidity, building pressures, ventilation, fil…
 
In today’s podcast, Scott Krasman from TZOA, Andrew Greaves, and Kaleb Saleeby join Bryan for a conversation about mental health in the trades. We have a greater awareness of mental health than we ever did before, and although some of us may make fun of the topic, it is something we should focus on as HVAC technicians and business owners. “Toxic” i…
 
In today’s podcast, Jim Bergmann talks about troubleshooting the entire system. He takes a holistic approach to the art of troubleshooting, NOT just an equipment-centered one. According to NIST, the most common HVAC system problems are duct leakage, refrigerant undercharge, and oversized equipment (often for undersized ducts). Duct leakage heavily …
 
Howdy guys, hope you’re all safe and well in these uncertain times. In this episode of The Air Conditioning Podcast, we chatted with Scott Kenny who is a Refrigeration tech working for Airmaster Australia. Airmaster is an award-winning building services company, providing HVAC&R Management, smart building solutions and fire services across Australi…
 
In today’s podcast, Steven Rogers joins Bryan to talk about measuring total system airflow. Fluid measurement is NOT restricted to liquids; a fluid is anything that flows, including liquids and gases. In HVAC, we deal with both of them, but airflow is strictly limited to the flow of gas. The airflow we experience in HVAC is exclusively turbulent fl…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan explains how growth happens in an HVAC/R career. He also gives tips to get “unstuck” if you feel like you aren’t moving forward. You won’t move forward if you haven’t set a goal to move forward. Making a “vision board” helps you determine what matters in your life, and it helps you clarify what you’ll need to do in o…
 
In today’s podcast, Bryan and a team of Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS) managers (Mike Schaefer, Charles Miltiades, and Sly Grimm) discuss mini-split controls strategies. Some contractors misunderstand what mini-splits are. Mini-splits CAN be ductless, but not all of them are ductless. Mini-split systems also have handheld controls, but t…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan discusses the key factors for system performance WITHOUT doing a deep dive into system commissioning. “Performance” refers to system efficiency, capacity, air filtration/cleanliness, longevity, and the ability to match the latent and sensible loads of a space. System airflow is the main performance factor to consider…
 
In today’s podcast, Trevor and Bryan discuss Copeland Scroll Compressor Multiples for Air Conditioning. “Multiples” refer to equipment setups with multiple compressors that have connected suction and discharge lines; they resemble parallel rack refrigeration setups. Multiples typically come in tandem (2) or trio (3) sets. Compared to having a singl…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan clears up the differences between markup and profit margins in HVAC businesses. The number one mistake that people make in business is confusing markup and gross margin. For example, you can double the price of a $50-part and sell it for $100. That would be a 100% markup. However, your gross margin is NOT 100%; your …
 
Hi guys, in Episode 44 of The Air Conditioning Podcast, were joined by David and Oscar Cardenas from All Climate Solutions, a family owned and operated business out of Mulgrave in Victoria, Australia. From humble beginnings in 2011 to a team 25 staff members strong, they continue to grow from strength to strength covering all aspects of air conditi…
 
In today’s podcast, Eric Mele and Bryan explain the planning, layout, and execution of HVAC projects. They mostly cover commercial ductwork but also touch on piping and some residential projects. Planning The first step is to review the construction plan WITH a site visit. It is best to see how a plan works within the space; plans may be feasible o…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan explores the differences between startup and commissioning. Startups typically involve going in during the construction phase after the drywall has been sealed up. (Vents, ducts, and copper piping typically go in before the drywall.) A technician can then perform a startup. The startup includes testing the drain line…
 
In today’s podcast, Eric Kaiser and Bryan talk about mentorship in the HVAC industry. They discuss what it means to be a good mentor, how to find a good mentor, and what it means to be mentored. Mentorship is an organic process. Most mentees don’t go up to someone they respect and formally ask that person to be their mentor. Respect is the foundati…
 
Howdy folks! In this episode of The Air Conditioning Podcast, we were joined by Craig Staley of HG Site Designs. Based in Omaha, Nebraska in good ol’ US of A, Craig and his team specialise in Small to Medium sized Businesses who are looking to scale their business without spending massive hours of their own time and dollars. Craig and his team cons…
 
In today’s podcast, Bryan explores the upsides of choosing a career in the skilled trades instead of going to college. He also covers ways to prepare your child for a trades education and career while they are still deciding what to do with their lives. When we think about what we want for our kids, the following goals come up quite often: purpose,…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan explores triple evacuation. Many people believe that we don’t like triple evac, but that’s simply NOT true. We’re here to set the record straight. If the manufacturer tells you to follow triple evacuation processes, then it’s a good idea to do a triple evacuation. We won’t argue with that. However, our argument is th…
 
In today’s podcast, Bryan explains how he teaches physics. He believes that teaching physics is about continuously building a mental model, and he covers the methods and mindsets that facilitate that learning style. The basic Wikipedia definition of physics states that it is a science that deals with matter, energy, and their interactions. Even the…
 
In today’s short podcast, Bryan explores the dangers of cold tanks during refrigerant recovery. Whenever you have a recovery tank, you only want to fill it to 80% capacity in the liquid state. The same goes for all sorts of vessels (coils, etc.). However, capacity isn’t the only factor to consider for safety. We need to know what our maximum temper…
 
Howdy guys, in Episode 42 of The Air Conditioning Podcast we chatted with the SA State Manager of Airefrig Australia, Mr Ben Bithell. Starting out from a WA based Garage in 1970, Airefrig Australia grew substantially in the first 12 months, and has continued that momentum. Airefrig Australia is a company that’s committed to being market leaders as …
 
In today’s podcast, Nikki and Bryan discuss dehumidification. They cover the relationship between cooling and dehumidification, humidity control, and dehumidifier installation practices. If the A/C unit is the king, the dehumidifier is the queen. The A/C unit controls cooling and humidity, but it can only do so much. A dehumidifier helps the A/C ma…
 
In today’s podcast, Trevor and Bryan discuss how to troubleshoot thermostatic expansion valves (TXVs/TEVs). They also dive into the various types, applications, and components of TXVs. TXVs are metering devices that control evaporator superheat to protect compressors from harm. Controlling heat also regulates pressure, which improves efficiency and…
 
Hey people! In this episode of The Air Conditioning Podcast we sat down with Robert Wolfe and Martin Howlett from the Trade Advisory Group. Identifying a gap in the market in providing experience based business assistance to business owners in the trade sector, The Trade Advisory Group are made up of advisors with decades of personal experience in …
 
Hi all, In Episode 40 of The Air Conditioning Podcast, we chatted with Podcast Host and part time actor extraordinaire, Mr Tim Hildebrand from Out Of The Box Podcast. This was a bit of a different episode though, coz we were the ones on the receiving end, being interviewed by Tim for one of his episodes but thought we would share it with you. Based…
 
Hey guys, In this episode we chatted with Craig Stevens, Marketing Specialist at The Reece Group. Reece support residential, commercial and infrastructure building trades across Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Their success is built on the success of their customers who provide essential services every day..yes that means you! There was so muc…
 
What’s up people? In this episode of The Air Conditioning Podcast we chatted with James Napier, an A-Class Sparky from Orange NSW who is currently doing his 3rd year to become a fridgie. Yep, a proper dual trade. Here’s some of what we chatted about…. Tell us more about yourself and where you’re at right now (5:45) Have you done much in Refrigerati…
 
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