HVAC Summer Setup

by Staff Sgt. Chelsea Browning, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Kunsan Air Base

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- With the summer heat quickly approaching the job of keeping the base cool rests with the technicians of the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning shop.

The HVAC mission continues year round, however, the summer can be a trying time for the shop. The summer set up for the base includes cleaning equipment, checking pressures of refrigerant that's in the systems, performing pre-operational, operational, and post-operational checks, and taking temperature readings.  

“The purpose of the summer setup is to find anything that may be broken, faulty, or worn,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Foxworth, NCO in charge of HVAC. “It also saves us time in the long run because we can catch it early before we actually turn on the air conditioning and it gives us time to repair/fix any issues that we do find.”

The job is never ending for the shop of 14 military members, divided in 24-hour operations to provide for the base.

“One of the main challenges that we come across is not having all the parts or tools on hand that we need to get our equipment up and running,” said Foxworth. “Other challenges we come across are priority issues and waiting for parts since some of our parts come from the U.S.”

The Wolf Pack relies on the individuals from the HVAC shop to help keep the mission going.

For customers who need to put in a work order for any HVAC issues can call the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron Customer Service at 782-5313 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For after hours and weekend concerns calls go to the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at 782-4471.

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