Fire guts Rockland, MA heating oil company

July 24, 2018

Laurel J. Sweet, Boston Herald A Rockland firefighter injured in an early morning blaze that destroyed a heating oil company has been released from South Shore Hospital and is recovering at home, Rockland Fire Chief Scott …

Fall OESP retreat set for Sept 14-16 in AC

July 19, 2018

The annual “Oilheat Retreat” of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP) will take place Friday, September 14 through Sunday September 16 at Harrah’s Resort Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. This weekend will include fine dining …

Alexa Compatible Mini Split System Available from Fujitsu

July 17, 2018

Fujitsu General America has revealed its Halcyon line of heating and cooling products now features voice-activated control through an Amazon Echo device if the mini-split has built- in Wi-Fi, or if Fujitsu’s Wi-Fi device is installed. …

Centrotherm Joins Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating

July 16, 2018

Albany, NY-based Centrotherm Eco Systems has become a member of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH). Founded in Montreal in 1933, the CIPH is a not-for-profit trade association committed to providing members with …

Cheshire Oil Sells Heating Business to Dead River Co.

July 10, 2018

Cheshire Oil Co. of Keene, ME has sold its heating business to Dead River Co. of South Portland, ME. The deal does not include other facets of the 97-year-old Cheshire Oil’s business, such as storage …

Bacharach Acquires Neutronics, Inc.

HVAC-R and energy solutions provider Bacharach, Inc. has acquired Neutronics Inc., a provider of refrigerant and gas analyzers which serve the automotive HVAC, commercial HVAC, semi-conductor and safety and rescue industries. Terms of the transaction …

Extended Life for Diaphragm Expansion Tanks

July 3, 2018

In the May/June, 2018 issue of ICM, I wrote about using a valve configuration similar to what is used on commercial hydronic systems to facilitate checking the charge on these tanks and to perhaps extend …

It's Not So Common

From unheard of to almost mandatory, the thermostat common wire or “C wire” has become a major issue.  What is a C wire? The common wire is the neutral wire from the 24V transformer that …

How to Establish Control of the Service Call

An assertive person is a person who thinks proactively and does not wait for events to occur. In other words, they don’t wait to react; they plan and move ahead of anticipated events. Obviously, we …

Using Data to Turn Service from Reactive to Proactive

For decades, there has been talk of running a more efficient business. Finance departments want budgets and price cap programs. Delivery departments want to increase their delivery size via remote tank monitors and to use …