How to Use MeasureQuick App w/ Jim Bergmann

HVAC School welcomes back Jim Bergmann to share his know-how on how to use the MeasureQuick App. This training video was streamed live on the HVAC School FB page on 8/15/18.

Some recent changes to the app include putting the R-410A option at the front due to its prevalence in the industry and better integration with Fieldpiece JobLink probes. At the time of this live stream, MeasureQuick had already supported the iManifold, Testo instruments, Redfish instruments, and TEC’s duct tester and blower doors. It was beginning to support more instruments. At the time of this live stream, MeasureQuick did not support iManifold manometers for static pressure readings. The Toolbox allows you to manage your connected instruments within MeasureQuick.

The home screen shows a basic profile consisting of refrigerant information and some gauges that show how well your measurements stack up to how the equipment is supposed to be running (based on educated guesses with information on SEER, elevation, climate, metering device, and airflow). If you see symptoms of a problem, MeasureQuick will give a report as to what might be contributing to those symptoms.

MeasureQuick displays ranges of acceptable, too low, and too high values based on targets. These ranges exist for superheat, subcooling, and many more common readings to help with troubleshooting. If you click on those gauges with ranges, you can have access to suggestions and just-in-time education to help you troubleshoot the system (with collaboration from HVAC School). MeasureQuick can also give you data about the weather and home temperature, and it relies on user input and measurement instrument quality for confidence scores based on the test results.

You can also use MeasureQuick for projects. When you select a general system test under mQ projects, you can choose to start a new project to save your data collections related to a particular project. You can also add some notes about a job site, and you can add these to a report if they’re part of a project. Projects can be set as active or inactive, and MeasureQuick saves the location of the project site.

When you set up a system profile, you can take photos and add make/model, filter, and installation information. You can also add extended performance data if you have that information on hand (rather than just relying on nominal tonnages for capacity estimates). Electrical information, including motor type and phase, is also required for determining the power factor. Adding that information and normalizing a system allows MeasureQuick to be able to remember load conditions and form predictions to help gauge performance.

Results of performance calculations are displayed in the following categories: stability, capacity calculations, air-side performance, energy efficiency, and additional information. MeasureQuick also differentiates between standard and actual CFM to account for mass flow rate under the air-side performance ratings.

The Probe Manager menu shows the connected test instruments with colors that indicate when new data comes in and the time elapsed since a performance reading was recorded with that instrument.

MeasureQuick also has an education section where you can access a bunch of HVAC education resources, including information on non-invasive testing (which Jim believes is the future of testing).

There is no limit to the amount of MeasureQuick accounts a company can have. MeasureQuick also doesn’t sell data or use it for advertising purposes; the only thing MeasureQuick uses data for is feedback to determine how to keep making MeasureQuick better.

The future of MeasureQuick will likely have gas heating and heat pump profiles. (Maybe some users can help with the development of geothermal heat pump profiles.) There have also been efforts to make MeasureQuick work for commercial refrigeration technicians and measure duct leakage with Fieldpiece probes.

Jim also covers:

– SEER ratings and measurements over time
– Navigation and pop-ups
– Saving data
– Pulling in data from AHRI with model numbers and barcodes
– Cloud storage and premium features
– Generating reports
– Benchmarking systems
– Non-invasive testing
– MeasureQuick development roadmaps and user requests
– Using instruments from dissimilar brands
– Static vs. live feeds
– Future test instrument compatibility

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