COOL AND EFFICIENT: TIPS WHEN ORDERING/INSTALLING YOUR FANS
Check the calendar. Guess what? It’s June. What does that mean? It’s going to get hot very soon (if it hasn’t already). What else does it mean? You’re going to want fans for your facility – lots of them – quickly. Not only do you need them fast, you need them mounted and installed fast, too. Well, we here at Strait Talk (and, yes, Patterson too) also have these goals, and we want to help you avoid any “hiccups” in the process. So, whether it’s placing an order or tightening the last bolt, here are some tips to “breeze” through your Patterson experience!
Know your electrical source. Is it single phase or three phase power? 277 Volt? Ordering the right motor type will save time, money, and the hassle of returns/reshipments.
Will your desired fan fit in the designated area? If you’re not sure, take some measurements and give your Patterson sales rep a call to discuss. That’s what they’re here for!
So your fans have arrived….great! Now what? Well, as a wise man (my father) once said, “When all else fails, read the instructions.” Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with any installation instructions that came with your fan or fan mount. If you ordered a High-5, pay special attention to the section on wiring the fan’s variable frequency drive (VFD). Doing this may help answer some questions, and/or prevent any confusion for you (or your installer) during the setup process.
IMPORTANT! All Patterson fans, regardless of type, come with a wiring schematic (usually printed on the nameplate of the motor). Be sure to wire your fans exactly as shown. In the case of a dual voltage motor, take care to select the correct wiring configuration based on your voltage level (usually 208-230 V or 460 V 3-phase service). Have electrical questions? Call before you connect – improper wiring can damage motors/VFDs and affect warranty coverage!
ALSO IMPORTANT! ALWAYS install all safe guards that come with your fan and/or mount. They are designed to protect you, your personnel, and your facility in the unlikely event of a failure.
So there you have it – some simple tips to make your fan buying experience smooth as silk from start to finish. And as always, Patterson sales reps are standing by ready to dispense timely fan advice and provide free quotes for all your fan needs. Until next time, let’s keep ‘em cool out there!