Just because the equipment is cooling or heating, does not mean it is working the way it was designed.
the difference between right and wrong is the price of a permit. If you dont get it inspected and something goes wring. Anything that makes you 100 percent liable. It cracks me up seeing guys install furnaces with no permit. Good chance for a lawsuit. DIRTFT thats my motto. And yes I checked. He would have been red tagged on the electrical. Put the disconnect's on a stand next to the penetration and then use the sealtight to the unit. That would eleminate the free hanging J box. Other than that it looks great.
I wish all contactors had the mentality of bwalley, I respect and applaud your way of thinking!! keep it that way.
What a bunch of crap, not having the proper clearance could cause a premature failure or shorten the life expectancy of these units and yes I have seen many units nor performing well due to people thinking the distance between units or between unit-walls is "somewhat arbitrary".
I hope the guys who ask questions about how good a brand is it read this thread because it will help them understand the importance of a good or not so good contractor and how they can affect the perception of a brand by reducing or creating operational problems just by how was installed and not the quality of the product.
Look at the pictures again, most of the units have restrictions on 2 sides, not just one, and using plywood will not replicate the same situation where you have 2 condensing units on either side of another condensing unit and all 3 are running at the same time.
The guy did sloppy work, in the second picture it looked like a plumber sweated the suction lines with soft solder, the linesets are not supported, and run in a sloppy manner, the electrical is hacked, he used a j box to extend a seal tite line and did not support the box, the disconnects are attached to the service panels of the equipment, I didn't see any ground wire in the circuits feeding the disconnects in post #3, then you have OSHA violations of wearing tennis shoes on a commercial job.
BTW I notice the guy who made the original post hasn't tried to defend his work much.
This is the type of work you get when a state has lax licensing laws, I wonder if the job was even permitted and inspected.
when they have good licensing laws you see bad stuff.
I hope buildings owners get wise to the idea that you should put those units on stands. not too foresighted to cover up parts of the roof and have to move a condensor to access that spot.
if the roof goes bad you can run the new roofing under stand, w/o cutting equipment loose. I like to help out whoever comes along behind me, but sometimes owners won't cooperate.
kudos to putting up with that mob of people.
Holy Crap bwalley you really gotta let it go man... you remind of those retired Engineers that I love so much. :rolleyes:
In a perfect world I would have had all summer to rerun all electric make the pads larger, etc etc. and all the money to do so.
In the REAL world I had a budget, had to keep to a VERY fast schedule and in horrible conditions, could have done it better, you bet.. with the same budget and time restraints.. NO WAY
I`m proud of the work, roofer and association is very happy with the huge improvement.
Your knitpicking about what shoes I wear ..lol get a life man.
FYI, in Illinois there are no inspectors.. no permits for this job.