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    mjk_na, Thank you for that model. It has all...

    mjk_na,

    Thank you for that model. It has all the features I'm looking for -- but it's a little bit less powerful than I want (it's 11,800 btus). A contractor came over today and told me the 15,100...
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    wyounger, Thanks again -- your suggestions are...

    wyounger,

    Thanks again -- your suggestions are very appreciated.

    If I can't find any models with that feature, I may be back with more questions!

    Jacquelynn
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    wyounger, Thank you for your very informative...

    wyounger,

    Thank you for your very informative response!

    By any chance, do you remember what brand you saw that had the Auto fan speed?

    After thinking about it, I'm now leaning towards an...
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    mjk_na, If I open a door to the hallway, the...

    mjk_na,

    If I open a door to the hallway, the sq. footage could include as much as 2 more bedrooms and a bath.

    Thanks, Jacob. If the unit is oversized, can I prevent a humidity problem by...
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    I'm replacing an 11,000 btu through-the-wall...

    I'm replacing an 11,000 btu through-the-wall unit.
    I've narrowed my choices down to a Kenmore 75151 (15,100 btus) and a Fedders A7D18E2A (17,500 btus).

    I'm cooling an open area of about 760 sq....
  6. Sorry...I posted here by mistake. Please ignore!

    Sorry...I posted here by mistake. Please ignore!
  7. Wall A/C sizing

    I'm replacing an 11,000 btu through-the-wall unit.
    I've narrowed my choices down to a Kenmore 75151 (15,100 btus) and a Fedders A7D18E2A (17,500 btus).

    I'm cooling an open area of about 760 sq....
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    Thanks everyone for clarifying. And thank you for...

    Thanks everyone for clarifying. And thank you for the link,
    mjk_na.

    Jacquelynn
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    That waa quick! Thanks very much.

    That waa quick! Thanks very much.
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    Since the efficiency of window a/c units is...

    Since the efficiency of window a/c units is measured in "EER," is that equivalent to the "SEER" ratings of central A/C? Most Energy Star window units I've seen are around 10.8 EER. I'm wondering if...
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    Eeeks. I appreciate the warning; I'll see what I...

    Eeeks. I appreciate the warning; I'll see what I can find out.
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    thomefan, Thanks again. I guess the problem is...

    thomefan,

    Thanks again. I guess the problem is I don't know if I'll sell...it might not be for 20 years.

    perel,

    It was an electrician. I'm sure he'd deny it, and I have no way of proving it....
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    thomefan2579, Thanks. I'll take your advice as...

    thomefan2579,

    Thanks. I'll take your advice as far as the coil.
    Now the only decision is...whether or not to get A/C.
    I'd be getting a 13 seer central system, vs. window units that are 10.6 eer....
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    Thank you everyone -- your opinions are much...

    Thank you everyone -- your opinions are much appreciated.

    Thanks, baldLoonie. I like your logic.

    John Lloyd,

    I don't know if it's horizontal or not. Thank you for your advice.

    mjk_na:
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    hpbuyer and danglerb: Thank you for...

    hpbuyer and danglerb:

    Thank you for responding.

    I'd never heard of an empty coil case -- it sounds like a solution.

    More than one installer has told me if they don't install the A/C coil now...
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    We need a new furnace and ducts, but I'm not sure...

    We need a new furnace and ducts, but I'm not sure about central A/C.

    If we have a puron-compatible A/C coil installed now with the new furnace, how long could we wait to decide on central A/C...
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    Do any of you recommend window a/cs that come...

    Do any of you recommend window a/cs that come with filters treated with antimicrobial agents? They presumably
    prevent mold and mildew.

    Thanks in advance,

    Jacquelynn
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    When buying a through-the-wall unit, is it better...

    When buying a through-the-wall unit, is it better to err on the side of under or oversizing it?

    I'd like to put one in my bedroom which is approx. 163 sq.ft., no attic above, thin walls and one...
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    Wild Leg, Thanks again. A dealer told me that...

    Wild Leg,

    Thanks again. A dealer told me that back in 1973, they didn't make window units larger than a certain size (I thought he said 12,00 btus).

    Thanks for the new link. The width and...
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    mjk_na, Thanks for the link. It's interesting....

    mjk_na,

    Thanks for the link. It's interesting.

    Wildleg,

    I looked there and didn't see any information.

    Do you have any idea what the maximum btu's would be if the unit is from 1973? That...
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    thehackman, Thanks; I'll ask my handyman to...

    thehackman,

    Thanks; I'll ask my handyman to look for it. The unit hasn't been cleaned in at least 33 years!

    mjk_na,

    Thanks for responding. It's not a studio; it's a large, open area of...
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    helicalrotoman, The rooms are open to each...

    helicalrotoman,

    The rooms are open to each other; the air conditioner is in the living room (which we never use), and it serves a livingroom/dining room combination, adjoining den, entry hall and...
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    Hi, I have a through-the-wall Coldspot AC...

    Hi,

    I have a through-the-wall Coldspot AC that's been there since at least 1973.

    I'd like to replace it with a new one that has the same btu's. I've taken off the front cover, but can find no...
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    Is it likely that R-410A will become obsolete in...

    Is it likely that R-410A will become obsolete in 20 to 30 years?
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    Sorry if this repeats what's already been said,...

    Sorry if this repeats what's already been said, but:

    If I want the system to last as long as possible -- and I don't want to risk needing to replace it simply because something became obsolete --...
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    Thank you beenthere, for confirming what I...

    Thank you beenthere, for confirming what I thought was the case.
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    Hi, A contractor told me that almost all...

    Hi,

    A contractor told me that almost all dampers leak -- but if you seal them with mastic, then you can't adjust them later since they're glued into place.

    Does this sound right?

    Also, do...
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    Thanks, tostaos.

    Thanks, tostaos.
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    Thanks,gto boy. I'll check them out.

    Thanks,gto boy. I'll check them out.
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    Sorry for my ignorance -- but what is LG? Do...

    Sorry for my ignorance -- but what is LG?

    Do all window units stick out several inches from the wall, into the room? I'm asking because the one I have built-in my home is almost flush with the...
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    tostaos, thank you. I'll look into a mini-split...

    tostaos, thank you. I'll look into a mini-split system.
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    I realize this is a bit off topic, but can anyone...

    I realize this is a bit off topic, but can anyone sugggest the most quiet window air conditioner for a bedroom?
    If possible, I'd like one with a night-time mode as well.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Thanks, junkhound and docholiday. On the other...

    Thanks, junkhound and docholiday.

    On the other hand, does this mean servicing will be more expensive if I do cram a furnace into my attic? The contractor who suggested that said it's done all the...
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    Thanks johnsp. No one mentioned the 90% for...

    Thanks johnsp. No one mentioned the 90% for quiet. And I am considering the attic.

    Thanks again neophytes. I'll consider your suggestions.
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    Thanks, neophytes serendipity. I believe I...

    Thanks, neophytes serendipity.

    I believe I need all new ducts, since the existing ones have asbestos, and I'm assuming they're not very well-sealed.

    I'd have to get a roofer's opinion as to...
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    Hi, I'm back. Two contractors have suggested I...

    Hi, I'm back.

    Two contractors have suggested I get a package unit for heating and cooling to replace my current central furnace (I don't have any A/C now).

    I have a flat tar and gravel roof. ...
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    Thanks again! I'll check it out.

    Thanks again! I'll check it out.
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    chap -- I appreciate your suggesting it. Let...

    chap --

    I appreciate your suggesting it. Let me think about it; I may be giving up on the whole idea of a new system anyway.

    Thanks again.
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    Thanks again everyone, I really do appreciate...

    Thanks again everyone, I really do appreciate your time and information.

    bigtime: I called the companies to "screen" them by phone -- regarding whether or not they do a Manual-J. I don't want...
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    Thank you again for responding. The other...

    Thank you again for responding.

    The other companies guessed 4-5 tons, and the one with the Manual-J says 3.5 ton.

    I've decided to go with a 10 seer A/C since I don't plan to use it much --...
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    Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm sure...

    Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm sure you're right (tho I hate to resign myself to paying the highest-priced bid of all). I hadn't thought about the ethics in using someone else's figures, and...
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    Thanks everyone for your responses. The...

    Thanks everyone for your responses.


    The calc. I received from the one company is one page only and it's titled "Right-J Short Form," Manual J: 7th Ed. Right-Suite: V4.1.10. The contractor said...
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    Sorry to rehash this point, but I've spoken to...

    Sorry to rehash this point, but I've spoken to over a dozen HVAC installers (some on the phone, some actual bids). They've all been in business a long time -- some since the 1960's. Only one of them...
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    Those are good points, thanks. I think the...

    Those are good points, thanks. I think the warranties are all identical.
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    Thanks Paul! I found their number.

    Thanks Paul! I found their number.
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    Thank you chapmanf -- I agree with your points. ...

    Thank you chapmanf -- I agree with your points.
    dash -- I've never heard of binding arbitration.
    sadlier, thanks. I've called ten companies and only one does the manual J prior to making a sale --...
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    Thanks mhafley and chocfull-o-nuts for taking the...

    Thanks mhafley and chocfull-o-nuts for taking the time to look up that information. Thanks also tinner73 and amickracing (I don't eat fast food either, lol).
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    I'm in Los Angeles. A contractor told me the new...

    I'm in Los Angeles. A contractor told me the new law requires the installers to test for duct leakage -- something the good companies have been doing all along anyway. It will cost the consumer...
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    Thanks, guys. I'm beginning to realize that's...

    Thanks, guys. I'm beginning to realize that's true.
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    sadlier: How does a consumer know if an...

    sadlier:

    How does a consumer know if an installer is knowledgeable or not? I just had the most expensive company in town tell me something about sealing ducts that is factually inaccurate, and...
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