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Evaporator Repair San Diego: Common Issues with the Evaporator Unit

Boats are designed to be autonomous for long periods of time. As long as you can store everything you need on it, you can potentially spend your entire life never docking and never leaving your vessel. Sadly for boat enthusiasts, the storage space on boats is limited, and so is the independence from external sources. Still, thanks to the evaporators, there’s one resource you do not need to store - water.

A boat crew can spend up to 100 liters of water per day for everyday use. Naturally, seawater is abrasive and out of the question for most uses on board, whether for cooking, drinking, or engine purposes, the salt content just precludes its use. We need fresh water for all of that. So, rather than lugging large quantities of water from mainland, the evaporator enables the distillation of fresh water straight from the sea surrounding you.


Easy Hydraulic Pump Repair in San Diego

Hydraulic pumps are pretty useful devices. They are capable of converting mechanical energy into hydrostatic energy. This makes them ideal for lifting, lowering, opening and closing various components of complex mechanical systems. However, pumps do break down on occasion. And when they do, you want the best experts to diagnose, repair and restore your pump as soon as possible. That’s why PCE exists, to help you when downtime is not an option.

To figure out what could have gone wrong with your pump, you need to know what type of hydraulic pump you have. The most common types to be found in boats and other vehicles are gear pumps and piston pumps. Here’s a brief description of the basic types.


Why Are Valves Important?

Most people probably don’t realize just how ubiquitous and indispensable valves are. Do you know how many valves you use every day? And how important they are for our everyday life? Probably not, since we usually take them for granted, except when they malfunction. And when they do, we want those valves repaired fast. Luckily, valve repair in San Diego is largely an easy task.

There is a fascinating story behind valves, and here’s a summary.


How to Know Your Fuel Pump Needs a Checkup?

Most internal combustion engines use a fuel pump. These devices ensure that a constant and proper amount of fuel is delivered to the engine from the tank. I said most, because there are some exceptions, which will be mentioned later on.

So how can you tell if your fuel pump requires a repair?

Follow these simple guidelines, and if you recognize your issue anywhere on this list, consult the best San Diego pump repair facility immediately.


What You Need to Know Prior to Fan Coil Repair

If you have little experience with the technical details of your air conditioning system, it may shock you when your AC mechanic tells you that you need a fan coil repair in a San Diego summer. What is it, anyway? Luckily for you, there is a simple way to explain the concept of a fan coil and how it works. Read through this text and you will no longer be clueless about the inner workings of your AC.


Electric Motor Repair San Diego: Overview

An electric motor is a device which converts electric energy to mechanical energy, the opposite of an electric generator. These devices have an extremely versatile role in the today’s society and their applications just keep on multiplying. For example, the latest addition to the ever-growing roster of devices using an electric motor are drones. Therefore, knowing where to get a good electric motor repair San Diego service seems like a smart idea. But how much do you know about your electric motor to begin with?


How to Check if Your Air Handler Needs Repair

When your air conditioner shows signs of malfunctioning, the most likely source of the problem is the air handler. This component encases important subcomponents such as the blower motors, heating and cooling units, air circulation fans, sound attenuators, filters and dampers. Its main function is to pump the condensed cool air through the ductwork.

What does this actually mean?

It means the air handler is responsible for supplying your AC system with clean and fresh air. Therefore, you should hire a reliable air handler repair San Diego service the minute you notice any sign of trouble. Otherwise, you risk compromising the quality of the air you breathe.

Here is where to look and check if your air handler is functioning properly.

The Greatest Threat

In case of air handlers, the main cause of trouble is dirt. Since an air handler (a.k.a. air handling unit – AHU) has to enable the proper circulation of fresh air through the air conditioner, it means that its components have to be dirt-, dust- and debris-free at all cost and at all times.


Chiller Repair San Diego: 16 Preventative Tips for Boat Owners

Regardless of the type of chiller you have on your boat, one thing is sure – it requires regular maintenance. If you want to ensure the proper operation of your chilled-water air-conditioning system, check out the following practical preventative tips. You will save money on chiller repair San Diego boat owners spend a fortune on only out of negligence.

#1 Keep a Maintenance Log Book to Troubleshoot Future Issues

Keeping a daily maintenance log book will help amass useful data that might prove vital when troubleshooting similar issues. Instead of solving each problem separately, you can use the information about what was previously done. You can see what strategies were used and whether they were helpful. In that way, you will avoid repeating useless actions.


Best Marine Events in San Diego

Summer is here, and I hope you have taken every measure to maintain your boat during the off season. As we are so often reminded, safety comes first. So before you head out to any of the many events offered by the great city of San Diego, make sure you have checked all the systems; to avoid any unpleasantness. If there happens to be a problem with your boat, it is good to know where the best ship repair facility in San Diego is.

Once you got that covered, it is time to open your calendar and mark these events as must-see.


Conduct a Preventive Maintenance on Your Diesel Engine

Whether you are using your diesel engine to power a backup generator, a car or a boat, you want it to run smoothly and efficiently. Even if there is nothing wrong with the machine, doing a preemptive maintenance and ensuring regular diesel fuel injection service will give you a peace of mind that your engine will function without a hitch throughout its lifetime.

Seeing how the diesel engine is a fairly durable and reliable machine, most of your maintenances will be preventive. A comprehensive maintenance service covers several crucial detailed areas, such as fuel system, exhaust, cooling, lubrication, and battery testing, in addition to a general inspection.

Diesel Engine - diesel fuel injector service

Delving into the specifics, here are brief descriptions of the key segments of the maintenance.


The Navy is Upping the Power on Their RHIBs from Cummins 5.9 Liter QSB to a 6.7 Liter Cummins QSB - PCE Navy Ship Repair Can Do the Same

Most boat owners will probably agree that their boat could do with a bit more power. Repowering is probably a lot easier when you have a boat with an outboard motor. The navy, for instance, has decided to repower their Rigged Hull Inflatable Boats (or RHIB’s for short) from a 5.9 liter QSB engine to a 6.7 QSB engine, both produced by Cummins.

RHIBs are sturdy little inflatable boats usually used by the SEAL teams and other special forces of the US Navy, as well as other allied militaries for what they designate as NSW, or Naval Special Warfare. Being around 11 meters long (about 36 feet) and extremely light due to the fiberglass, aluminum or composite materials hulls, they really have the speed needed for such delicate operations as the SEALs certainly have. They can rake up to 40 knots, which translates to about 64 kilometers per hour.

To cope with such demand, these vessels were fitted with twin outboard engines, and not just any engines, Cummins 5.9 liters QSB engines. These were lauded as being extremely efficient and came in a range of horse powers, from the initial 380 HP, in 2004, increased to 425 in 2006 and finally 480 HP in the latest iteration in 2008. Despite being an excellent engine, the 5.9 liter QSB is now considered non-compliant with the latest EPA regulations, so installing it to a new boat might incur some penalties.


White Smoke Indicates a Faulty Fuel System: Time for a Fuel Injector Service


The key of longevity for any engine is regular maintenance. Any time you see a change in the behavior, you need to address it. It might be a small problem, it may be the beginning of a huge issue, but either way, a quick reaction will ensure that the engine life is not compromised and that the costs to you are not unnecessarily high. So, what to do if the tailpipe is bellowing white smoke? And I don’t just mean a slight whiff of smoke when starting, or when the engine is at maximum load, I am talking regular usage white smoke. During really cold weather, it is reasonable to expect some, but an engine running at full power should show no visible smoke. If it does, it is time for a fuel injector service.

Faulty fuel system Fuel injector service



PCE Can Save You Loads of Money with a Pre-Purchase Engine Survey

Conducting a marine survey prior to buying a boat is a prudent measure, as any reasonable and experienced broker would tell you. So, who do you put your trust in? Let’s look at some facts about boat surveys first before you decide on your marine surveys San Diego provider.

What is a boat survey?

In simple terms, it is a process of inspecting the boat to assess the current condition and how seaworthy it is. What’s more, it can discover any and all faults, maintenance requirements and, most importantly, any predictable future issues. This is the key reason to get one before deciding on the purchase.

A decent surveyor has some experience, and definitely knowledge about most boat types, things that can go wrong with them, and how to counteract the weak spots. Getting a survey done gives you security that a boating expert has deemed the vessel adequate. Having a less-than-adequate boat is having a sinkhole in your pocket. Not only would you pour dollar after dollar in it, but you would risk your life and property if you didn’t know the true condition of the vessel. There is, of course, the matter of insurance. It is unlikely there is an insurance company that would insure a vessel they know nothing about. They will not get involved if they don’t have the facts, and neither should you.

Engine Survey - marine surveys San Diego


Conduct a Preventative Maintenance on Your Turbo

Nowadays, turbochargers are in practically every diesel engine. Not just big, high-performance ones, but also in regular cars. The reason is simple; the turbocharger gives the car the extra kick. This is all well and fine, but much as any other car part it requires some level of attention to ensure longevity and proper functioning. Here are some DIY tips for preventative maintenance of your turbocharger.

Lubrication is the key to turbo’s longevity

The first thing you need to know is that your turbo is connected to your engine. So, anything affecting the engine is most certainly affecting your turbocharger, too. Case in point, the two components share the lubrication system. Common wisdom says that you should let your car idle before setting off. Estimates range anywhere from 10 seconds to 5 minutes. Regardless of the duration suggested, the reason is the same. The oil needs some time to get from the oilpan in the engine up to the turbo. And the situation is exacerbated by the cold. Oil tends to congeal in the cold, so it will require some time to achieve a proper working temperature and viscosity. Setting off immediately after starting your car will likely not cause any problems at first, but it does increase the wear and tear.


Turbo Balancing for Efficient Diesel Engine Repair and Maintenance

A lot of diesel engines nowadays have turbochargers. In fact, some even have twin turbos. Turbo gives you that extra oomph that a regular diesel engine just does not. If you are planning on rebuilding or installing a turbocharger in your diesel engine, one of the most frequent issues to arise is balance. In order for the engine and the turbocharger to function properly and efficiently, the rotary components need to be balanced to ensure a satisfactory diesel engine repair.

What is turbo balancing?

First of all, let’s see what balance really means. Just to be clear from the start, no turbocharger can be fully balanced. The unbalance comes from the rotation itself. It is calculated as weight times the radius of rotation. The preferred unit of measurement is usually a gram-inch, which means that one gram of weight is placed at a one inch radius from the balanced part. Naturally, modern turbos do not have such extreme deviations from the ideal. The unit used in modern turbos is actually milligram-inches, which is a thousandth of the original unit.

Component balancing

As you may know or at least guess, a turbo is a complex machine. Luckily, not all parts need to be balanced. Component balancing refers only to the turbine and the compressor wheel, as they are the ones rotating. It is absolutely essential to balance these components pre-assembly, as any imbalance leads to an unbalance, called the “stackup” unbalance. This kind of unbalance is fairly irrelevant to large turbos, as they are built to tolerate such a thing.


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