While our customers are wholesalers, Packard knows that you, the contractor, have a choice. You are often presented with many buying options, and being well-informed about your purchase can help make your job easier and more successful.
This is why we have dedicated a section of our site for contractors. In this section, you will find helpful product tips, tools and some clips from our training classes. We’ve also provided a distributor locator so you can find the nearest wholesaler who can give you access to Packard products.
Draft Inducers, power venters and carbon monoxide.
It’s that time of year when we’ll start firing up the furnaces. When working with gas appliances it’s imperative that we always keep safety first! Every year we read about tragedies where individuals, and even families, succumb to carbon monoxide. To help avoid this, only professional technicians using the proper equipment should install and repair these devices.
With draft inducers, the technician should only use replacements that match or cross to the OEM part number on the blower. After installing, check the furnace using a combustion analyzer to ensure that the manufacturer’s specifications are met. Always check carbon monoxide levels in the living area to determine that they are safe as well. The effects of carbon monoxide are shown below:
These measurements are in parts per million (PPM). To put PPM into perspective let’s compare a molecule of carbon monoxide to a one-dollar bill. If one million one-dollar bills were stacked, one on top of another, they would be as tall as a 30-35 story building, or 358 feet. That’s more than the length of one football field.
The point is that it doesn’t require much carbon monoxide before lethal levels are reached.
Be safe and always use the correct draft inducer, check combustion, and measure carbon monoxide levels!
Packard has developed a complete HVACR critical components training program, which has received approval by North American Training Excellence (NATE) - the leading certification program for HVACR technician, and the only test approved by the entire industry. Below are some video excerpts from our instructor led training courses which we hold at Wholesaler locations nationwide.
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