John Golpe and Michael Stevens attend A/C course in Airflow and System Charging

John Golpe, of Wharton, NJ, and Michael Stevens, of Bushkill, PA, successfully completed an air conditioning course on airflow and system charging, which was sponsored by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. The course, which was taught by Ed Janowiak, the Technical Director of the Eastern Heating & Cooling Council, focused on the interrelationship between system airflow and refrigerant charge. It covered, in detail, all the acceptable methods to accurately measure airflow and proper procedures to check and adjust refrigerant levels.

Mr. Golpe and Mr. Stevens are employed by Hart & Iliff Fuel and Energy Systems as Heating and Air Conditioning Technicians.

Final Phaseout of R-22 (Freon)

R–22, more commonly known as Freon, has been the standard refrigerant used in air conditioning equipment for most of the last 50 years. The majority of the air conditioning equipment in this country still uses R-22, which is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) compound containing a chlorine molecule. Scientific research has shown that the chlorine in HCFCs contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer. At the Montréal Protocol, 197 developing and developed countries met and agreed to phase out the use of HCFCs.

This phaseout has been in progress for many years. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the manufacture of all air conditioning systems designed specifically for R-22. In October 2014, the EPA finalized its plans for phasing out the production of R-22. This phaseout gradually reduced the amount of R-22 which can be produced each year from 51 million pounds in 2014 down to 4 million pounds in 2019. As of January 1, 2020, all new or imported R-22 will be banned in the U.S. market.

The primary refrigerant used in air conditioning equipment manufactured after 2010 is R-410A. R-410A is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) which does not contain a chlorine molecule. R410A equipment is highly efficient and better for the environment.

The EPA is not mandating the replacement of any air conditioning systems that use R-22. Hart & Iliff should be able to continue to service and repair them for quite some time. The problem is that R-22 has become more and more scarce and more and more expensive (R-22 currently costs five times more than R-410A). After 2020, R-22 may be prohibitively expensive or unavailable altogether. At that point, if you need additional refrigerant, the only option (other than replacing your system) may be to recover all the R-22 and replace it with an R-22 replacement refrigerant such as R-407C. While your unit will run on R-407C, it will inevitably result in some decrease in efficiency. The bottom line is, if your existing unit needs any type of major repair, you should seriously consider replacing it with an R-410A unit, rather than investing in what has become obsolete equipment.

Hart & Iliff is hiring!

Experienced or Entry Level Heating / Cooling (HVAC) Technician

Are you dependable and conscientious? Do you like fixing things and do you enjoy a challenge? Do you take pride in a job well done? Are you a quick learner? Can you read and understand an instruction manual? Are you enthusiastic and well-liked by most everyone you meet? Can you work independently, yet be part of a team? Do you see the glass as half full rather than half empty? Can you handle difficult people as easily as water runs off the back of a duck? Do you have a good driving record and are you drug free?

Prominent Sussex County Company has a fantastic opportunity to join our team as a Heating & Cooling (HVAC) Technician / Professional Driver. You’ll want to apply for this position if you have experience and are looking to work for a great company or if you don’t have experience and are anxious to learn a trade which offers worldwide opportunity. For additional information call our 24 hour job hotline 877-714-3320. Hart & Iliff Fuel and Energy Systems, 4 Hampton Street, Newton, NJ 07860

In Bitter Cold Weather, Never Use a Fireplace or Woodstove

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At the end of January we experienced some extreme cold weather in Northwest New Jersey. The average temperature on those days was as follows:

January 30, 2019 - 13 degrees

January 31, 2019 - 5 degrees

February 1, 2019 - 12 degrees

With relatively windy conditions, the wind chill on all three days was well below zero. Every time we experience extreme cold weather like this, a number of our customers end up with frozen heating pipes and loops. Frequently, this results from the use using a fireplace, wood stove or other form of supplemental heat. At first, this seems counter intuitive, but if you think about it makes perfect sense.

The way a hydronic (hot water based) heating system works is by heating water (which occurs in your boiler) and then circulating that hot water around the house through heating pipes and baseboard which is generally on the outside walls of the building. Even though the outside walls are insulated, on a bitter cold day, it doesn't take much for the water in your heating pipes to get below 32 degrees and freeze. The main thing that keeps this from happening is the fact that the water is constantly being heated and circulated. Generally water that is moving will not freeze. That's why lakes freeze but rivers don't.

Now think about what happens, on a bitter cold day, if you fire up the wood stove or fireplace. The heat generated by this supplemental heat source will be sensed by your thermostat and cause your unit to run less often or not at all. As the water sits in the baseboard heating pipes on an outside wall, without being heated or circulated, it is very likely that it can get down to 32 degrees and freeze. Once that occurs lots of bad things can happen including the following:

1. You will have no heat in that zone since the frozen pipe will prevent the hot water from circulating.

2. It can easily break your heating pipes since when water freezes, it expands approximately 9% at a pressure of up to 30,000 pounds per square inch. In order to repair the broken pipe, the zone may have to be drained and refilled which can get very expensive.

3. Eventually, the weather will get warmer and the frozen pipe will thaw out. If there is a broken pipe that was not repaired, the water feeder in your heating system will continue to feed more and more water. Particularly if you are not aware of the situation, this water can cause major damage in your home.

We've seen this unfortunate scenario play out many many times over the years. In bitter cold weather (particularly with a baseboard heating system) you would be wise to avoid using a fireplace, wood stove or any other form of supplemental heat.

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John Golpe Completes Course in Installation and Service of Gas Heating Equipment

John Golpe, of Wharton, NJ, successfully completed a course in installation and service of gas heating equipment held by Gas Appliance Service Training & Consulting (GASTC) at their training facility in Warren, Rhode Island. This extensive, full-time, one-week program focused on concepts and practical applications and provided thorough instruction required for installing, servicing and trouble-shooting natural gas and propane heating systems. The topics covered included Fundamentals of Gas Combustion, Circuitry and Troubleshooting, Hydronic Controls, Electronic Ignition Systems, and Advanced Electric Ignition Systems. The course was taught by Tim McElwain, the President of GASTC, who has over 45 years of experience training technicians in the fundamentals of gas heating.

Mr. Golpe is employed by Hart & Iliff Fuel and Energy Systems as a Heating and Air Conditioning Technician.