about me

I started my career in this field the fall of 1997 when I was involved in oil field camp setup and repairs. My first job was in Wrigley NWT where I went out to setup a 5-unit camp in -55C temperatures and stayed with it for few weeks then I took it apart to truck to next job. I worked on this job for 5 years traveling through all the back roads in northern British Columbia, Alberta and southern N.W.T. There I saw the most beautiful country, animals, And The northern lights are the best seen from the north. Soon after I got married and decided to quit away from home work, and settle into a residential job working at Lennox for the next 8 years. On this job I learnt a lot about Lennox and all different brands of furnaces. Now I have moved to working on to Commercial heating and Refrigeration where I work on big business and grocery stores.

I have gotten bored of the same old T.V. and find the Internet interesting so I started to learn how to use it. I would like to pass on my knowledge about residential furnace repairs to anyone who will listen. Trying to update my blog as often as I can whenever I find time but I still do work around 50 hours a week also I have a wife and two kids that have busy schedules.

I tried Amazon to help pay for the website as I get 4 percent of any sales that I recommend, it is not much but hopefully enough to pay all fees for the website. I have used Amazon myself a few time and found the price was very cheap and received the products in 4 days. My brother’s iphone had bad reception so I ordered a new antenna replaced it myself and his phone had great reception. Parts were very cheap $7 for antenna $4 or tools and I used “I fix it app” which has very detailed instruction on how to do it. I do not expect everyone to use Amazon and should only use if comfortable with their products since everything I post can be bought locally. The biggest advantage with Amazon is the free pictures I get from them, as that saves me time from asking permission or taking pictures myself.

I would like more feedback on how I am doing and if my information is helping anyone. I know that no one is perfect and if you have better advice for me about what to write I will check it out and update posts as required.

Thanks for your time in reading my blog

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  8. Brian 05/07/2015 at 5:29 pm Reply

    Hello,

    I had a ClimateMaster Tranquility 5.5 ton geothermal system installed in October 2010 and have had nothing but trouble with it since.

    1) This is a two stage system but it ran for the first 2-3 years in only one stage because it was not set-up for the second stage to kick in.

    2) 3 years after system was installed they finally clipped the thermistor (or whatever it is) for the line temperature. If you do not have antifreeze in the geo lines the thermistor is not clipped. If you do have anti-freeze in the lines the thermistor is supposed to be clipped. My unit kept locking out and a tech eventually stumbled upon this clip or not issue and clipped it (as my system uses antifreeze).

    3) Multiple times the installer simply came out and added freon (or whatever it is called these days) and called it fixed.

    4) They put dye in the system once but have never found a leak. They have not stripped line insulation to look for leaks.

    5) In the past it mostly gave code E4 with one possible cause being bad Thermistor FP1. Other possible causes could be dirty filters, low air pressure, low water temp. I think this was finally partly solved with the clipping of the thermistor I referred to in #2 above.

    Now it is May 7, 2015, my system was installed October 2010 and I am still having issues. At the moment my air cond. is not working (85 degrees in my house) and is locking out with a fault and the system shuts down (red screen on thermostat). ….. It is giving a code of E5 with possible causes of bad FP2 Thermistor, dirty filters, bad air flow, low air temp.

    I have had the installer out for service at least 2x a year since the system was installed. I am starting to think I got a lemon system.

    Can you offer me any advice? I feel trapped with this installer because if this is an issue with the manufacturing of the product I feel I would need the installer to deal with the manufacturer. On the other hand, I have lost faith in the installers ability to properly set up and service this unit.

    Please help me in any way you feel you can.

    Regards,

    Brian

    • jetstrem 05/29/2015 at 7:38 am Reply

      Sorry to hear you are having lots of problems. Refrigerant systems should not need gas added to it unless there is a leak. The only other time they need gas added is due to refrigeration techs gauges, they will remove 2 ounces every time they connect when done right. Sounds like you have a leak in the heat pump. First question is how much refrigerant do they add a few ounce or a few pounds. If they add lots of refrigerant, that would mean the leak is on the liquid side ( condenser side) I just replaced a condenser yesterday due to similar problem. The condenser is the round coil of pipes behind the compressor. Where I usually find leaks is on the bottom connection at the end, the black steel coil connects to the copper water coil. You can use dish soap mixed with water, spray it around pipe and watch for bubbles. The bubbles will be very small so watch carefully and give it time.

  9. Brian 05/29/2015 at 10:00 am Reply

    Thank you! I think you really nailed the problem I am having. I will ensure they have your info when they are out next time (lol, the next time I lose enough gas to trigger the system) The installer has kept coming out since 2010 and they have never charged me so I am grateful for that. Unfortunately I don’t have any faith in my heat/cool system as they are here tinkering with it 2 times every year. They added more gas 3 weeks ago and now they will sit and wait until my system codes out and stops again.

    I have considered trying to force them to replace it so I could have peace of mind. However, I don’t feel like I have any power to force that. I honestly feel like someone should step up and do that for me as I have dealt with this for five years now.

    Thank you again!

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  11. Mike 03/31/2016 at 11:47 am Reply

    Great information! There’s a vacuum port running from the burner box to the pressure switch on my furnace. I was receiving the pressure code error ( 3 flashes ). I used a paper clip to unplug the hole in the vacuum port. The furnace began running well and no more pressure switch error code. Wow, all it took was a couple of mins. I never knew that this port could become plugged from moisture drying over time.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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