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July/August 2013 Issue of
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It seems a little odd to be writing the words "frost build-up" when the temperatures outside are still hovering near triple digits, but the frost in question here is the kind that forms when an air conditioner is installed improperly or has a mechanical problem. With hot weather still firmly entrenched in some parts of the country, you're no doubt still getting calls about malfunctioning AC units; take a look at "Air Conditioner Frost Build-Up" for tips on troubleshooting and repairs.
Speaking of hot weather, OSHA has started getting aggressive about inspecting workplaces for heat-related issues. Check it out in "OSHA Cracks Down on Heat Stress."
While on the subject of staying cool and keeping things light and airy, you'll find a detailed demo of how to clean and service fan vents from Atwood Mobile Products.
The generator has been called the heart of an RV--if it doesn't function, neither do a lot of other things. Master Certified Technician Gary Motley details how to diagnose basic problems with gasoline gensets in his story.
Finally, RV Technician has run a number of stories recently on maintaining and repairing roofs; now it's time to take a look at an equally important surface. In "Repairing RV Floors," RVDA Service Consultant Tony Yerman discusses how they're constructed and how to repair and recover them.
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Table of Contents
Air Conditioner Frost Build-Up
- A light frost formation can be a sign that a unit was improperly installed, has a mechanical problem, or is being improperly operated by the owner. Find out how to diagnose and repair the problem.
OSHA Cracks Down on Heat Stress
- OSHA is aggressively inspecting businesses for heat-related issues. Is your shop doing everything it can to keep employees cool?
How to Clean a Fan Vent
Here's how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble fan vents, using the proper cleaning materials.
Troubleshooting Basic Gasoline Generator Problems
- Use this detailed, step-by-step article to figure out why a generator is malfunctioning, starting with the reasons why it might be failing to run.
Repairing RV Floors
- RV floor repairs can't always duplicate the original floor, but it's not necessary to replace the complete floor to make effective, good-looking area repairs.
- There's more than one path to certification, and it's easier than you think. There are online courses, study guides and tests, and more. Choose
troubleshooting common furnace problems; avoiding injuries caused by jacks; certified warrant administrator Regina Kerr is recognized by Society of Certified RV Professionals; new Service Management Guide has more labor times; properly grounding port
RVTech Nov/Dec 2014
35 technicians are honored by a new society for RV dealership professionals; developments in wireless TV technology make wiring inside RVs easier
RVTech Sept/Oct 2014
Troubleshooting furnaces, a simplified method for changing batteries in a battery pack, available training that qualifies for continuing education credits
RVTech July/Aug 2014
Diagnosing electrical problems, adjusting labor rates according to skill, a must-have safety standards text for technicians
RVTech May/June 2014
Air conditioner special section; slide toppers; new products
RVTech March/April 2014
Generators, Common Method for Installing Water Heaters, Battery Technology and Maintenance
RVTech Jan/Feb 2014
New online self-study courses available; online prep courses that can be used for recertification; Distance Learning Network offers certification prep; Northampton Community College's online program for techs
RVTech Nov/Dec 2013
Water Pumps, Accident Prevention, Exterior
RVTech Sept/Oct 2013
The Essence of Integrated and Aftermarket Brake Controllers, Plus Basic Troubleshooting.
RVTech July/August 2013
Air Conditioner Frost Build-Up. Repair RV Flooring.
RVTech May/June 2013
Electrical System Troubleshooting
RVTech March/April 2013
The RV Roof Demystified, Servicing RV Rooftop Air Conditioners, Air Conditioner Regulations and Service and The Facts About Jacks
RVTech Jan/Feb 2013
Make 2013 All About Training