“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

– Henry Ford

FIA offers numerous educational programs for the hydronic and steam market. Our training programs focus on the PHCC contractors, the Oil Heat technicians, the engineering community, the wholesale distributor personnel and the facilities management personnel.

All of our programs have a “systems approach” theme, allowing the participants to gain valuable knowledge on the systems they are designing, installing, selling and/or servicing.

Experience has consistently shown that knowledge can be the difference between success and failure. This is why we believe education is a key component to the value we bring to our customers.

Training Courses

Steam Heating Systems

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • How to successfully install a New Steam Boiler into an Old System.
  • The Proper techniques to remove air from a One Pipe System efficiently.
  • Steam traps- How they work, Why they fail and What happens to the System’s Operation when they do.
  • Flooding Boilers, Short Cycling Boilers- the Cause and the Cure.
  • Condensate Pumps, Boiler Feed Pumps – the Difference between them and when to use each one.
Hydronic System Design

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • How to use B&G’s System Syzer calculator…no more confusion about flow rates, temperature drops or pipe sizes.
  • How to properly select circulators for any application.
  • The “Point of No Pressure Change” and how it can impact the system’s operation.
  • Applying Proper Air Management techniques to design “Trouble Free” hydronic systems.
  • Expansion Tanks…Steel, Diaphragm and Bladder tanks, we will discuss proper sizing and use of all three styles.
Primary Secondary Pumping

In this seminary out will learn the following:

  • A Brief history on how B&G developed this effective pumping technique.
  • The Fundamentals of how this Pumping Concept works.
  • A Detailed discussion on several Applications that benefit from Primary/Secondary Pumping.
  • How to Apply this Pumping Strategy on your next job.
ECM Pump Selection & Application

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • What an Electronically Commutated Magnetic pump is and how it differs from traditional pumps.
  • The benefits of using ECM pumps on Modulating/Condensing Boilers.
  • The onboard Microprocessor provides numerous hydraulic performance ranges within each pump model.
  • Understand how to take advantage of Electric Utility incentive rebates for high efficiency ECM pumps.
Troubleshooting Steam Systems

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • How new Steam Boilers can create havoc in old Steam Systems.
  • The Importance of how proper venting can improve operation of a One Pipe Steam System.
  • Why Steam Traps need to be maintained to prevent Cold Rooms, High Fuel Bills and Unhappy Customers.
  • Banging Pipes? Spitting Vents? We will discuss the importance of Near-Boiler Piping on these New Steam Boilers.
Tekmar Communicating Controls

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • Indoor/Outdoor Reset and the Unmatched Comfort it provides.
  • Controls Automatically adjusts the System Water Temperature to match the Home’s needs.
  • Zone Synchronization Coordinates the zone operation, Reducing Boiler Short Cycling and Improving Efficiency.
  • Two Wire Communicating Thermostats make system upgrades simple.

The Controls are all WiFi Compatible for remote access with a Tekmar Gateway.

The B&G System Syzer

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • How to calculate the required flow rate in gallons per minute (GPM).
  • Proper use of the calculator to select the proper size pipe for the required GPM.
  • Accurate calculation of the frictional resistance for any flow rate and pipe size.
  • How to calculate the proper velocity in a piping system to provide quiet and efficient operation.
Hydronic System Components

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • Circulators – Learn how a circulator “pumps” water through the system, how to properly size them and where to locate them in the system.
  • Zone Valves – Why use a zone valve instead of a circulator? We will discuss the design considerations…
  • Flo Control Valves – What they do and what happens to the system when they aren’t working properly?
  • Pressure Reducing Valves – what do they do and how are they properly set?
  • Expansion Tanks – Why every system needs one, how they work and how to size them correctly.
Lochinvar Residentional Boiler Service & Maintenance

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • Installation Recommendations
  • Sequence of Operation
  • Maximizing Operation & Efficiency
  • Combustion Adjustments
  • Annual Maintenance Recommendations
Lochinvar Commercial Boiler Service & Maintenance

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • Installation Recommendations
  • Sequence of Operation
  • Maximizing Operation & Efficiency
  • Combustion Adjustments
  • Annual Maintenance Recommendations
Lochinvar Crest Boiler Service & Maintenance

In this seminar you will learn the following:

  • Installation Recommendations
  • Sequence of Operation
  • Maximizing Operation & Efficiency
  • The Ins & Outs of the CREST Gas Train
  • Combustion Adjustments
  • Annual Maintenance Recommendations
Tekmar Classic Controls

In this class you will learn about the following:

  • Boiler Reset Controls for single boiler applications
  • Boiler Staging Controls for multiple boiler applications
  • Mixing Reset Controls for Radiant Heating applications.
  • Setpoint Controls for DHW tank operation and Hot tub operation using pulse width modulation or on/off differential control

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