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    Plan of Control for Start Up and Commissioning
    Successful Retro-Commissioning Project
    Building Automation and Air Balance Emergency Project
    Many HVAC Mechanical Failures - Preventable
    Importance of Mechanical Cooling
    Before A/C: Early Homes Cooled Through Smart Architecture
Monday October 16, 2017
In order to achieve success on any project, you must have a Plan of Control. While every project has a schedule,...
Monday September 25, 2017
MSC, as a true HVAC service company, recognizes that there is usually much greater value in optimizing your existing systems...
Wednesday September 6, 2017
Rising temperatures and unstable conditions in a critical area set off immediate concerns at a medical research facility in northern...
Thursday August 17, 2017
When it comes to HVAC breakdowns, the causes generally fall into two categories. About eighty percent can be attributed to...
Thursday August 3, 2017
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, life in America was profoundly different. But with the development of modern...
Tuesday July 25, 2017
During times prior to electric fans and the modern day HVAC system, keeping temperatures cool in businesses and homes was...
Wednesday July 5, 2017
A local engineering firm contacted MSC about a client that had been experiencing multiple problems with various mechanical systems throughout...
Monday June 19, 2017
MSC was performing startup and commissioning of chillers and cooling towers at a new pharmaceutical plant in central New Jersey....
Tuesday June 6, 2017
On a recent lab and office renovation project in Reno, it quickly became clear that the fast-track project schedule was...
Thursday May 25, 2017
Here in the United States, HVAC accounts for between 50-70% of primary energy consumed in commercial and industrial buildings. Adding...
Monday May 8, 2017
It’s an age-old problem encountered by HVAC, process cooling and building automation service contractors, time and time again: sophisticated building...
Friday April 28, 2017
A lyophilizer, or freeze dryer, is one of the most important pieces of equipment in a pharmaceutical plant. It is...
Monday April 17, 2017
The tried and true method used for process waste heat removal has long been the cooling tower. There are several...
Friday March 17, 2017
Keeping a daily log of chiller operating conditions is an important component in keeping your equipment running smoothly and efficiently....
Thursday March 2, 2017
Mechanical Service Corporation, better known as MSC, is not a mechanical contractor. MSC is the Northeast’s leading service subspecialist in...
Friday February 17, 2017
The 2017 AHR Expo, held this year in Las Vegas has announced its annual Innovation Award winners in ten separate...
Saturday February 4, 2017
When it's cold outside, using environmental conditions to cool a building or process makes perfect sense. For facilities with chilled...
Monday January 2, 2017
We all know what happens when you take a cold soda from the fridge on a hot summer day: condensation...
Monday December 12, 2016
A customer recently contacted MSC with HVAC problems they were having at their large facility that seemingly originated with doors. Occupants...
Wednesday November 23, 2016
Here's an all-too-common scenario: a large construction project is proceeding according to its aggressive schedule when it hits a series...
Sunday November 6, 2016
Accurate, dependable information is key to making any decision. Building owners and engineering firms often outsource HVAC-R and building automation...
Thursday October 6, 2016
VRF (variable refrigerant flow) technology is rapidly growing here in North America in both residential and commercial applications. HVAC technology developed...
Monday September 19, 2016
Many HVAC systems are designed to run during a power failure in a brown out or black out. They are...
Saturday September 3, 2016
When Harry Hartigan founded his company in the late 1970s, MSC’s primary specialty was process cooling for vapor recovery systems...
Thursday August 11, 2016
Building automation systems as you know control a buildings environment. However building automation systems are reaching a lot further to...
Wednesday August 3, 2016
The National Environmental Balancing Bureau, or NEBB, is an international non-profit association that provides certification of firms, professionals and technicians...
Thursday July 14, 2016
EPA’s SNAP Program: Identifies Climate-Friendly Refrigerants, Prohibits Harmful Ones The use of HFCs is growing rapidly as the Montreal Protocol ban...
Monday July 4, 2016
Retro-commissioning is the application of the commissioning process to existing buildings in order to improve how mechanical, electrical and controls...
Sunday June 12, 2016
When people hear about air pollution, we generally think about outdoor air. Did you know that, according to the EPA,...
Tuesday June 7, 2016
Air and water balancing is a method of regulating HVAC air supply, return, and exhaust, or the flow of water...
Sunday May 22, 2016
There are many factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, but microorganism growth in HVAC systems is...
Monday May 2, 2016
Proper water treatment and a stringent preventive maintenance program are imperative when it comes to cooling towers in industrial, commercial...
Tuesday April 12, 2016
Energy management is the process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy and utility costs in a building or facility.  When...
Monday April 4, 2016
MERV Rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is a standard developed by ASHRAE in 1987 to measure the overall effectiveness of...
Thursday March 10, 2016
Process cooling is a critical requirement for cooling, refrigeration, heat extraction, and maintaining temperature during manufacturing or other processes. Process...
Wednesday March 2, 2016
As an HVAC and controls service specialist, much of MSC’s business comes from clients who are frustrated with...
Saturday February 13, 2016
When a variable-frequency drive, or VFD, malfunctions, costly downtime often ensues. It is important to take the...
Thursday February 4, 2016
Transformative Wave CATALYST is a rooftop unit (RTU) retrofit that has been proven to reduce HVAC energy usage by 25%-50%....
Monday January 11, 2016
Every good facility manager knows that preventive maintenance is absolutely critical to the efficiency and longevity of an HVAC system....
Wednesday July 29, 2015
Gas PRV Problem - A large new project had issues with gas boilers and package AHUs shutting off due to...
Tuesday July 14, 2015
When odd, unexplained VFD (variable frequency drive) problems have you baffled, electromagnetic induction issues could be at work. Induction usually...
Friday July 10, 2015
Low Exhaust - MSC was called in to troubleshoot a low exhaust airflow condition. Though the exhaust boxes were constant-volume...
Monday June 1, 2015
When it comes to control systems, plan and specification projects, better known as plan-and-spec have a number of drawbacks that...
Sunday May 24, 2015
Water hammer is a troublesome but commonly-occurring issue that can plague a steam system. The most obvious symptom is the...
Tuesday April 7, 2015
Refrigerant leakage is too often regarded as more of a nuisance than the more serious problem it actually is. Detecting...
Sunday March 22, 2015
When clients are considering replacing their HVAC equipment, MSC is often asked to compare the energy efficiency of old equipment vs....
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Many HVAC Mechanical Failures - Preventable



Thursday August 17, 2017

When it comes to HVAC breakdowns, the causes generally fall into two categories. About eighty percent can be attributed to problems with electrical, controls, or associated hardware such as contractors, relays, instruments, and CPUs, and the remaining twenty percent involve mechanical failure.  While a small number of mechanical failures are due to defective parts or equipment, most are due to issues like poor design, substandard installation, or lack of maintenance.  Mechanical failures are usually the most costly and the most preventable.  Most can be avoided through proper installation, startup, balancing, commissioning, and preventive maintenance. 

Case in point, multiple air handling units were installed on the roof of a healthcare facility under construction in central New Jersey. These were 100% outside air units with staged DX cooling – not your standard system. Such units require very-specific refrigerant piping and accessories to provide proper refrigerant and oil circulation and call for contractors with intimate knowledge of staging controls for steady discharge air. On this project, piping and controls were handled by installers unfamiliar with this type of system. 

Within weeks of installation, four large reciprocating compressors were faulting and failing, and were replaced at great expense. Unfortunately, the HVAC contractor neglected to find out exactly why the compressors had failed before replacing them – a cardinal sin.  Again, four new $15,000 compressors failed within weeks. Heads exploded, and MSC was called in to diagnose what went wrong. 

MSC technicians found numerous issues with the piping system that had led to incorrect vertical and horizontal refrigerant velocities: missing traps, missing suction accumulators, missing solenoid valves necessary for pump-down, and incorrect controls staging. It was determined that neither the piping contractor nor the controls contractor on the project had the expertise for the system, and the team who did the equipment startup lacked the experience to know what to check for and didn’t recognize problems in plain sight.  MSC prescribed the appropriate remedies, and corrections were made to the piping and controls before new compressors were craned onto the roof.  Proper startup was conducted, and this time the compressors performed without a hitch.

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