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  1. are they basically mainteinence free?

    The outside units? other than keeping limbs/shrubs and brush away and hosing off the coils occasionally to keep them somewhat clean? what else needs to be done?
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    So the way i understand it is if the opening is...

    So the way i understand it is if the opening is too small the unit starves for air and doesnt push as mush out the vents? Kind of like me breathing or blowing thru a straw? Im sure i will let this...
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    so its 18x30 now, you telling me a 24x30 would...

    so its 18x30 now, you telling me a 24x30 would really make a lot of difference? Just 8 inches larger? Why would a 2x3 be an overkill? Im not doubting anything you boys say Im just trying to...
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    Return air grill/opening size

    howdy, bought a medium size (1600 sq ft) home other day and having some remodeling done on it, previous owners had a heat/air unit replaced last year. My AC guy says i should have the return air...
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    well since its all done now i will just wait...

    well since its all done now i will just wait until the overseas junk fails then next time demand an usa made one. Appreciate you guys replies.
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    This is good to know from you guys on the board,...

    This is good to know from you guys on the board, he did replace it with a crappy china made one, wish he had gave me the choice to go with an american one if there is such a thing even if it was more...
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    i guess so but doesnt even seem like it would be...

    i guess so but doesnt even seem like it would be a few bucks difference in them since they buy them by the boatload, looks like it would be pennies but i suppose pennies add up to billion dollar...
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    370v vs 470v capacitor

    Howdy fellers, to make a long story short i have a rent house in a town 250 miles away. AC stopped working last fall right before the fall/winter cool down so i didnt get the ac fixed until today at...
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    if they are good for the unit why dont they come...

    if they are good for the unit why dont they come installed on the units from the factory like dryers are. They dont seem to cost much to buy or have installed.
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    he didnt say mine was having a hard time...

    he didnt say mine was having a hard time starting, just that it makes all compressors last longer and that all should have them, is that a fib or what.
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    Hard Start kit?

    Recently had the capacitor replaced in a rental homes 3 ton Goodman. While talking to the ac guy today to get his address of where to send the check (im not in the same town) he brought up that i...
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    UPDATE--the capacitor blew, simple saturday fix...

    UPDATE--the capacitor blew, simple saturday fix for the AC guy.
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    understood, my only DIY would be hosing them off

    understood, my only DIY would be hosing them off
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    thanks JT, warranty was 5 years on that unit. I...

    thanks JT, warranty was 5 years on that unit. I was just worried about the compressor since she had been running it without the fan turning.
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    whos asking for DIY? im 74 years old, 2 hours...

    whos asking for DIY? im 74 years old, 2 hours away and the woman in the house is 78 years old, you think im looking for DIY? I was just asking for opinions on what i might be facing when the guy does...
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    Goodman outside condensor

    Hi there, just got a call from a elderly woman in my rental unit which is about a 2 hour drive from me.

    Shes reporting the outside units fan isnt coming on BUT that the air coming from the ducts...
  17. Ive read about how ducts can be too small...

    and that seems to be a common problem but can they be too large?
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    Outside temps

    whats the coolest outdoor temp that an ac should be operated at? Theres been a couple cool fronts lately that knocked the night lows into the upper 50s or lower 60s but the house is slow to cool so...
  19. so the "swing" is the amount the temp will vary...

    so the "swing" is the amount the temp will vary in a room then right? ok thanks so what is the normal swing for a system?
  20. Please explain what the "setback" is on a thermostat

    Is it the stat setting that allows a wider range of temps? For instance say i set the stat to 78 and have a 2 degree setback, does that mean the ac wont go off until it hits 76? or does it mean the...
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    Alternate heat

    living in a rural area of texas the electric will go out fairly often in winter thus making our electric heat useless. So we are debating whether to go a free standing wood stove or a larger vented...
  22. The closet where the ac handler is located...

    is pretty warm compared to the rest of the house, would it be worth it to wrap it in some type of insulation or not? Kind of like wrapping the hot water heater to retain its heat but wrapping the Ah...
  23. just wondered really, didnt know that all...

    just wondered really, didnt know that all commercials are roof top mounts
  24. Whats the difference between residential and small commercial heat/ac units?

    Are the commercial units more heavy duty? Built better? Or what and why dont you see more small commercial units in homes?
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    highest outside air temps this house may see this...

    highest outside air temps this house may see this summer is 100 to 105, this is near dallas texas.

    although the house is almost shaded all day now, soon some trees will be removed so additional...
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