You know how every company has a “Go-To Guy”? The one with all of the answers? Well, at Mechanical Equipment our “Go-To Guy” is Dean Powrozek. Have you talked with him lately? You should, because he’s a tremendous resource that’s available to our customers for consultations on projects, products specs, and product recommendations.

How did Dean get to be so knowledgeable?

As Operation Manager for Mechanical Equipment, helping with Inside Sales and Customer Service, Dean draws on his extensive background in the industry. He has done everything from driving a truck to project management to becoming a Vice President of a large Mechanical Contracting company.

In fact, Dean has worked with several well-known companies in the Chicagoland area. He spent 17 years with Wagner Heating & Ventilation, and then he worked for a family owned mechanical contractor, Denning & Simonetti. Following that he was the Vice President and General Manager for International Piping.

Dean decided to retire in 2013 which later became a tremendous opportunity for Mechanical Equipment.

“I made the mistake of retiring in February,” Dean said. “That was a bad time because after sitting around inside for several months I wanted to go back to work.”

Dennis O’Shaughnessy, Mechanical Equipment’s founder, said, “Dean called me and said he was tired of retirement, and would like to come work at Mechanical Equipment. He and I had developed a strong customer / supplier relationship, when I called on him as a customer. I was always impressed with how organized he was, how smoothly his projects went through, and frankly, we also became friends. That was the best part of our working together. I immediately offered him a position here, and because of his knowledge of both the piping side and air side of our business, hiring Dean has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! He handles our inside sales of pumps, and boilers, he runs our warehouse and delivery schedule, he field measures all of our Sterling radiant products like fin-tube, radiant ceiling panels, etc. He can do it all, and he does! Whenever something needs to get done, Dean just picks it up; no questions asked.”

Dennis added, “He can relate to our customers’ needs, because he’s literally been in their same position. He knows the deadlines they face, the angry customers they’re trying to satisfy and the importance of deadlines that many of the contracts have included, so getting equipment on time is his highest priority.

Dean said, “I never thought I would get a charge out of sales but I love the challenge of being able to help our customers and see how much money I can save them at the same time.”

What can you expect when you call Dean?

Answers. He knows the industry, he has a lot of contacts, and he likes being able to help people solve their problems. Dean said, “I know that if I can’t answer a question I can reach out to my contacts in the industry to get answers. I like being able to offer that to our customers.”

You can also expect a quick turnaround on those answers. “When I was a mechanical contractor, if I could make just one phone call to get the pricing and answers I needed so I could move on to the next issue, that was a tremendous help,” he said. “I always had that experience when I called Mechanical Equipment as a customer, so now I strive to provide that level of quick service to Mechanical Equipment’s customers as well.”

Need pricing or have a question on a complex project? Give Dean a call at 800-355-7061 and see why he’ll quickly become your “Go-To Guy.”

Do you take care of your boilers, with a regular maintenance program? If not, you should. Boilers, like cars or any other mechanical devices, are subject to wear and tear. They need adequate maintenance, to ensure that they don’t break down because if they do, it’s guaranteed NOT to be at a convenient time to repair it. Waiting until something breaks down before repairing and maintaining it, always ends up costing you far more money, unhappy residents, higher labor rates, etc. because it’s usually during peak service demand, or in the middle of the night, or on a weekend. Usually, you end up in scramble mode trying to fix a problem that could have been avoided with regular care. Providing regular maintenance programs to your customers, is also a good way to build long-lasting customer relationships and add a consistent revenue stream for your business.

Annual maintenance and monthly water quality checks can prevent premature malfunctions and potential boiler breakdowns caused by poor water quality, leaks or water pressure. Any boiler’s functionality can be easily compromised and impact energy efficiency which creates a large bill for your customers.

So, what are some best practices to keep boilers operating in peak condition? Here are 8 annual maintenance steps you can take to help maintain energy efficiency and extend the life of your boiler.

  1. Replace all parts affected by wear and tear, every year!

Our PK annual maintenance kit includes all parts that need to be replaced, including gaskets to re-seal the combustion inspection covers that you need to remove in order to clean the fire-side. Right now, we’re offering a limited time 20% discount on our Patterson-Kelley Boiler Annual Maintenance Kits (part #BP-0000-0345) until September 15th. 2018. Order yours today.

  1. Inspect the fireside of the heat exchanger

After 2,500 hours of operation, or at least once a year, you should inspect the fire-side of the heat exchanger. You can access the fireside by removing the inspection covers. Any fireside fouling should be removed by using clean out tools and water washing the fireside surface. A thin coat of mineral oil can be used on an aluminum boiler to help minimize potential fouling in between annual maintenance checks. Verify that no debris came loose and fell to the bottom, potentially clogging the air path.

  1. Remove the burner, thoroughly wash and clean the mesh

This should be done even if the burner appears to be clean. After washing the burner; reinstall it and use the fan test option to blow dry the burner. DO NOT fire the burner while wet.

  1. Replace old igniter, flame rod and gaskets

These parts are included in your maintenance kit. It is important that you DO NOT reuse old gaskets.

  1. Select the righT Water Treatment to Prevent Scale

Water side scale is equivalent to having a thin film of insulation between the furnace gases and boiler water. It can drop a boiler’s efficiency by as much as 12% – 21%.

  1. Re-start the equipment and adjust combustion using a calibrated analyzer

A water tube manometer will be necessary to check for proper draft readings.

  1. Inspect electrical connection for corrosion

Condensation can cause corrosion on the electrical connections of a boiler. Check for broken or cracked fusers and replace anything that looks questionable, then test the unit. It is also important to ensure that the electrical connections are tight.

  1. Clean the condensate trap

Once again, the condensate produced by condensing natural gas boilers is corrosive. The condensate trap must be cleaned annually and inspected for potential leaks.

You can also download this checklist from Patterson-Kelley on how to design the system to ease annual boiler maintenance.

Mechanical Equipment is your local Patterson-Kelley representative, and you can call us anytime if you have questions, concerns or would like to order a Patterson-Kelley Boiler Annual Maintenance Kit. Call before September 15th to get 20% off!  800-355-7061.


We are very happy to introduce the newest member of the Mechanical Equipment team, Chip Heinemann.

Chip has a long history in the commercial HVAC business. He co-founded Eitel Heinemann Mechanical Services (EHMS) in 2004, where he provided strategic planning, construction HVAC sales, and conceptual engineering services.

Over the last 14 years, they built a highly skilled and qualified mechanical contracting company that served the commercial, industrial, healthcare, and institutional industries all across the greater Chicagoland area.

Prior to EHMS, Chip was a Vice President at the V.A. Smith Company for 10 years. He has a BS in Thermal and Environmental Engineering from Southern Illinois University.

While at EHMS, Chip was a frequent customer of Mechanical Equipment. When he decided to transition to the equipment sales side of the industry, it was a no-brainer to invite him to join our team.

Dennis O’Shaughnessy, Mechanical Equipment’s founder, said, “We are thrilled to have Chip join us. He knows our business and the product lines inside and out. We’ve seen his work ethic and drive as he grew his business and knew he would be a great fit with our culture. I also think he’s a tremendous asset to our customers because he can offer firsthand knowledge from the contracting / installation perspective, and consult on projects to solve “real-world” issues that often arise on projects. He brings a lot more to the table than simply selling equipment!”

“After closing my business, I wanted to do something new, while still using my strengths and knowledge of our industry. I’ve known Dennis for a very long time and when he offered me a position, I saw it as an exciting and new opportunity. It will be fun to sit on the other side of the fence as a sales representative,” Chip said. “I know the products because I bought and installed them for so many years, and I bring a unique perspective to the team from having been on the customer side. I’m an engineer and I know how the products that Mechanical Equipment represents are best applied, because I have used them myself on many, many projects in Chicagoland, without any issues! That impressed me.”

Chip will be reaching out to our customers to introduce himself soon, so please help us welcome him on board!

Our commitment to customer service is one of the main principles of our company’s mission and brand. We are constantly striving to exceed your highest expectations. It’s why we have aligned ourselves with the best mechanical equipment manufacturers, and why we have hired and retained the best service staff.

This year we wanted to take it up a notch and thank our customers for their loyalty and support over the years. On August 17th, we held our first “customer appreciation” golf outing at the beautiful Makray Memorial Golf Course in Barrington. Over 140 of our clients showed up on a day when the weather started out looking a bit ominous. But by the time our BBQ lunch was served (burgers, brats and cold beverages) the sun was shining and the day was off to a perfect start.

The golf was excellent and all of the guests received a goody bag with lots of fun things inside. Our customers enjoyed meeting our team and networking with others. There were contests and prizes galore, including four Hole-in-one contests with a 2017 Ford F150 Pick-Up Truck as the biggest prize available. We had two longest drive contests, two closest to the pin contests, and two longest putt contests. There was a low-score contest and five team events, all overseen and scored by the club professional Don Habjan.

After some of the best golf of the summer, a terrific buffet dinner and desert was served.

If you weren’t able to make the event we hope you can next year but we do want to take the time to say thank you for your support and loyalty. If there is anything that we can help you with, please call us at 800-355-7061.

We are proud to announce that we are the new Kelvion Heat Exchanger representatives in Chicago and downstate Illinois.

Kelvion has a wide variety of plate and frame heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers, finned tube heat exchangers, modular cooling tower systems, and refrigeration heat exchangers.

As successor to the GEA Heat Exchangers Group, they continue to break new ground, making discerning customers more successful than ever with their integrated heat exchanger solutions.

While our line of Taco Heat Exchangers will continue to be our main offering, we are now able to fill the unique applications that only Kelvion serves, including AHRI certified requirements.

Give us a shot at your next project and let us impress you with the quality and economic solutions that only Mechanical Equipment can offer! Call today at 800-355-7061.


We were thrilled to learn that Mechanical Equipment earned two awards at the Nexus National Sales meeting February 28th, 2017.

Nexus honored us once again with the coveted “Outstanding Achievement Award” for sales in 2016. In addition to that award, we were also chosen to receive the brand new “Pacesetter” award for outstanding leadership and sales in excess of one-million dollars of Nexus Products.

We are honored to represent such a fine product and company. The people at Nexus are friendly, professional and supportive. They truly make our job as a Manufacturer’s Representative easier!

Nexus continues to introduce new products every single year and it’s no surprise they are the number one flow-control valve company in America. They are now owned by Aalberts Industries, which opens the doors to many other new products to serve our industry and most importantly, our customers.

We now offer the new NexLock system of connections for copper and poly piping, rated to 250psi. Push-in and go, it’s as simple as that!

Watch for future additions such as temperature control valves, manifolds for chilled beams, sail panels, etc. and many more. Mechanical Equipment sells more combination coil packs than anyone in Illinois, and we keep a complete inventory for immediate delivery, so give us a call at 800-355-7061 and let us supply your next project.

Mechanical Equipment is proud to announce that we are the new Sterlco representatives in Chicago and downstate Illinois for their hot water system steam control products.

Sterlco is a well recognized name in steam control and many other hot water system product applications. By adding them to our Product Line Card, we can now offer you steam traps of all types and sizes – float & thermostatic, bucket, inverted bucket thermostatic, etc. We offer boiler-feed systems, tanks condensate receivers, condensate pumps, radiator valves, centrifugal pumps, any steam or hot water accessory needed for your boiler room.

We carry many Sterlco items in stock here at Mechanical Equipment in Island Lake or at the facility in New Berlin Wisconsin, so we’re able to meet the most demanding schedules, getting you the equipment you need when you need it.

Give us a call at 800-355-7061 for your hot water system application and let us show you the best service in town, along with the finest quality product options!

comm_hydr_sysWe want to be your “go-to” source for hydronic HVAC system equipment. To do that, we need to have inventory so we can supply what you need, when you need it. This is especially true for two of our most popular product lines – TACO commercial pumps and Nexus Valves.

We have built up an inventory that is at or above $500,000 dollars made up of the most commonly requested parts – full pumps, motors, tanks and trim items, coil packs, hoses, blow-downs, and strainers.

If you or your company’s service division is buying pump parts or hydronic accessories, you should be buying them from Mechanical Equipment for two reasons.

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First, buying directly from us helps you save money. Because trade secret, directly or indirectly, most other supply houses are likely buying them from us. They then add a “middle-man” mark-up. You can avoid that if you buy direct from ME.

Second, when you buy direct from us, you save precious time. It’s that simple! We are the only TACO Commercial Representative in Northern Illinois, so buying your TACO parts from any other distributor just adds extra time for them to get it from us which delays your project.

Avoid the mark-up and buy your hydronic HVAC equipment directly from us. Chances are that we have what you need in stock, or we can get it within 24 hours in most cases. We will continue to build our inventory so that we can serve our customers better than any other source in Illinois. Call us today at 800-355-7061 for a quote or for help designing a system for a new bid.

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Mechanical Equipment was named Valve King for 2015, at the Nexus National Sales meeting in February 2016. This is the seventh time that Mechanical Equipment has been given the honor. We have become the default “go-to” provider for flow control assemblies and valve packs. We think it’s happened because we have come to “specialize” in the needs of system flow and proper balancing.

Nexus offers automatic, manual and Pressure Independent balancing valve solutions. We inventory between $250K and $300K at all times and can deliver virtually same or next day requests. We will also make the proper selections for you so that you can spend your time on other areas of your job. Additionally, we also offer mounting the valve packs to customer furnished TCV’s, and then we bag and tag them accordingly.

We think our success is directly linked to the fact that we make it so easy for customers, and because nobody else has the expertise or ability that we do, when it comes to flow-control. It’s not by accident that we’ve been “The Valve King”, seven times during the fourteen years we’ve represented Nexus! Give us a try.

Tom Hammond
The latest addition to the Mechanical Equipment team is Tom Hammond. Tom has more than twenty-five years of experience, selling hydronic and air equipment in the commercial/ industrial HVAC industry. Tom’s most recent experiences came from more than fifteen years in sales at the Lou Imbert Company, followed by selling equipment and services for Johnson Controls in Arlington Heights. Tom brings knowledge of not only many of the same products we sell here, but also of the other manufacturer’s products, so that we can better demonstrate why the factories we represent are so superior to those being sold by other companies. Tom also brings a friendly “team” attitude and is a natural leader when it comes to showing his customers and co-workers, how systems and equipment function in a complete building HVAC system. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to the continued growth that Mechanical Equipment has enjoyed, and the additional growth that will come directly from Tom’s efforts!