About the Author

George Carey
George Carey
/ George R. Carey Jr. is Vice President at Fluid Industrial Associates (FIA) which is a manufacturer’s representative of steam and hydronic products that are sold through Wholesale Distribution for all of New England. George is in charge of all of the Training and Education for FIA. He has been at FIA since 1994 and in the heating industry since 1985. George has taught steam and hydronic courses for Northeastern University’s Continuing Education program. He has created and presented training programs for the past two decades for thousands of technicians. He has written a monthly column in Oilheating Journal (now known as Indoor Comfort Marketing) since 2000 as well a columnist for other trade publications. He has contributed technical articles for several manufacturers over the past twenty years.
Articles by George Carey
Over this past year, Zoom presentations have become a normal way of offering training classes while the country (and world) has grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our more popular classes is on the…
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The landscape in the heating industry has drastically changed. Over the years, when you entered a typical boiler room in the Northeast, it was very common to find a sectional cast iron boiler(s) and usually…
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This happens every year—an older hot water boiler fails and needs to be replaced. Not always, but most times, the other components accompanying the boiler get replaced as well. The circulators get upgraded; the flow…
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A contractor asked me to visit an apartment building that was giving the property management company a lot of headaches with nuisance service calls, so I met him on the job. What we saw when…
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Steam systems with various problems have been coming at me fast and furious, even though it is still the summertime as I write this column. I have noticed though, with all of the jobs, there…
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In our world of providing comfort and energy efficiency to our customers, there are certain formulas that are used on a regular basis. The most important one, when talking about a hydronic heating system, is…
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Tell me if you have ever heard someone say something like this: I think the room is under-heating because the water is moving too fast through the baseboard. If I use a smaller pump or…
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Waste not, want not. This expression dates back to around 1772 and it basically means if you don’t waste something you will never have a want for it. And those who waste will want. Waste…
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In the business of hydronic heating and cooling, there are certain formulas that are used on a regular basis. An important one deals with a system that uses water as its means to deliver comfort…
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When designing a radiant heating system, it becomes obvious that this system has characteristics different from the conventional baseboard-type of heating system. One quick difference is the temperature of the water circulated through the tubing.…
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