Day 11 – Lacombe, Slidell, and New Orleans

Way Early

Started the day early, like real early because I wanted to stop before I crossed the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain and get some sunrise pictures. Mission accomplished, but it was windy and cold. At least I was able to get approval from ATC for 400′ as they were bringing flights in from the other direction this morning.

And of course I did get a panoramic shot, but it was tough with the wind and everything didn’t line up perfectly.

And then it was time to cross the 25 mile bridge across the lake.

The rest of the day went rather smoothly, did 9 inspections, including an awesome bakery that after I was done and transmitted sent me off with a few really great treats. They didn’t last good since I had spent an hour smelling them and they lived up to the smell. That place would be dangerous for me to work at. One for me, one for them, one for me, one for them.

Had to inspect their deep freeze and walk-in coolers. Can you say cold, like really cold, and all I had was my lightweight jacket.

Public service advise, if your window air conditioner has a ground prong, and they all come with them, especially if the air conditioner comes with a GFCI built onto the cord, don’t cut the ground plug off in order to fit it into a two prong outlet. Just don’t. Bad things can happen, especially with a metal cased appliance that gets wet.

I do not often talk about things I see anymore, but something everyone has to remember with your insurance, the job of insurance is to return you to a pre-loss condition. Those of us doing inspections are actually really great at figuring out what systems look like “pre-loss”. Do yourself a major favor and take care of your expensive equipment. Did you know that other than your house itself, the HVAC systems are the most expensive thing in your house? Other than your kids.

A dirty blower wheel, or a clogged evaporator coil (both part of your air handler or furnace) is a dead giveaway that your system is not maintained. A dirty blower wheel and a clogged coil can also cause compressor failure as both will allow liquid refrigerant to get back to the compressor. Compressors can only pump vapor, not liquid. Liquid breaks them.

I am a gadget fan, but all of my gadgets serve a purpose. I use all of them to diagnose systems.

Supply and return dry bulb (standard temp) measurements give a good reading of what is happening with the system, but does not take dehumidification into account.

More In Depth Look

But, by using some more in-depth measurements I can dig a little deeper and find out what is actually going on with de-humidification and total system efficiency. Then, add in two pressure readings (supply and return air), I can diagnose exactly what is wrong with your system.

Must meet manufacture requirements. The one above does not, there is not enough return air, and thus not enough supply air to properly cool and dehumidify the building.

Anyways, that is your HVAC/R lesson for the day.

I finished up the day, came back to the hotel, and have everything packed for my departure from LA tomorrow morning. Stay tuned because my trip is not over. The next part of it is vacation time and some neat things happening.

An empty appointment board is a wonderful thing. Tells me my trip is done.

See you all tomorrow.

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