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    Its more about comfort and quiet than dollars and...

    Its more about comfort and quiet than dollars and sense. Comfort is temperature and humidity together, and with two stage cooling the lower stage keeps you in the comfort zone better. Single stage on...
  2. Depends on you, your activity level, and local...

    Depends on you, your activity level, and local humidity. If humidity is fairly high, maybe address that first, or look at a system with a dehumidify mode. Things like ceiling fans can also raise the...
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    System installed 3 yrs now, working fine

    3 years ago I posted quite a few questions, and learned more about HVAC than I really wanted to, and more than a few were betting I would never get a system installed, but it went in and is still...
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    Its a goodman part, a dozen places will have it...

    Its a goodman part, a dozen places will have it and sell it to anybody, but I think that is NOT a smart idea.

    Since I am cheap too let me speak plainly, Have you considered that your friends...
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    People who can afford an Infinity system should...

    People who can afford an Infinity system should be happy with all aspects of life, but I don't see one going in my Chateau anytime soon.

    York Affinity 80 is what I picked, but I live near the...
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    Keep in mind just how insulting it is to your...

    Keep in mind just how insulting it is to your friends friend for you to shop for him. Basically you are saying that he is either a liar or a cheat or just stupid.

    I am a consumer, but I got 9 hits...
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    I like what Keepit said, its a small room and I...

    I like what Keepit said, its a small room and I would like to be "warm" getting out of the shower without heating up the whole house, and it must be cheaper to just exhaust the steamy air from a hot...
  8. Where I live in Calif (not far from Ontario, Cal)...

    Where I live in Calif (not far from Ontario, Cal) the city wants a permit for you to change a doorknob. I haven't seen one contractor mention a permit yet, and I started a thread on this forum to ask...
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    In fact you will, but only by a year on the model...

    In fact you will, but only by a year on the model specific stuff and generic items maybe never. I have a 91 Mustang and just found out all the door trim parts have dropped off the Ford inventory to...
  10. More than once in this process I have thought...

    More than once in this process I have thought about how much more I enjoy a trip to the dentist. Anyway contract is signed and I faxed it in a few hours ago, should have a firm date on install in the...
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    Not the barest twinge, the system as it is was...

    Not the barest twinge, the system as it is was created by contractors to serve their interests not mine. How many of you HVAC guys would let a Kirby vacuum cleaner seller in your front door, while...
  12. Thread: Oversize unit

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    Pay little attention to the numbers, this is from...

    Pay little attention to the numbers, this is from memory and to illustrate the point.

    Normal cooling, 400 cfm per ton.
    Cool to dehumidify, 80% of normal, 320 cfm per ton.
    Superdehumidify, even...
  13. Most of the units I see come precharged from the...

    Most of the units I see come precharged from the factory with enough juice for something like 15 feet of lineset. I have no idea if that amount can be added to or not.

    Didn't they put gauges on to...
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    What some people do is set the temp a bit lower,...

    What some people do is set the temp a bit lower, but have the system stop cooling when humidity reaches a set point, like don't cool past 77 or 55% humidity which ever happens first.

    Comfortable...
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    http://www.ceehvacdirectory.org is a dandy site...

    http://www.ceehvacdirectory.org is a dandy site to look up some basic information on model numbers and which other combinations are available.

    Don't get too focused on brand, ANY brand can work...
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    Having just gone through some bids like that,...

    Having just gone through some bids like that, Brand/seer, it caused problems when it was time to sign a contract and the models were not what I expected. Dealer quoted me on a York Affinity 14 seer...
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    Like I use to make gravy, sort of a decanting...

    Like I use to make gravy, sort of a decanting thing, or something fancy like a car uses to keep water out of fuel?
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    Find a basic HVAC book and have some fun, except...

    Find a basic HVAC book and have some fun, except for the 220 its not much more dangerous than messing on a car. If anything interesting happens do try to get it on video.
  19. If the furnace was chrome and going in the middle...

    If the furnace was chrome and going in the middle of my livingroom I would be thinking about brand, but in my attic or closet its going to be just quality and features vs price.

    My dealer includes...
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    For $10 a month more I can more than double my...

    For $10 a month more I can more than double my bandwidth.

    Sounds like some kind of filter that diverted the oil before the lineset back to the compressor might have some merit.
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    Some real estate agents used to go from eve to...

    Some real estate agents used to go from eve to eve, but they don't get away with that much anymore.

    I wonder what sort of numbers that calc comes up with for adobe houses.
  22. Hey thats the second guy I got a bid from. ...

    Hey thats the second guy I got a bid from.

    Southern California isn't Wisconsin, plenty of people "think" they get real fair prices, 5 written bids in total isn't an unreasonable amount, I did use...
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    Wow, I know I am up too late, but why is oil...

    Wow, I know I am up too late, but why is oil circulated through the lineset, isn't it only needed at the compressor?
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    Some of the brands I looked at had charts showing...

    Some of the brands I looked at had charts showing I think it was cooling capacity for each size of unit vs two or three possible sizes of lineset. Smaller had factors like .98 or .96, and larger had...
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    Yes, 5, 7, a sense of humor. I am a horrible...

    Yes,
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    a sense of humor. I am a horrible cheapskate which you should realize from the sarcasm. We each have our cross to bear in life.

    Every financial situation has granularity that suits...
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    Oh, and as far as I know ONE post was moved,...

    Oh, and as far as I know ONE post was moved, somebody didn't like a joke I made and moved it to humor or off topic or something.
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    Bingo, just curious about how others see it. I...

    Bingo, just curious about how others see it.

    I have 5 written estimates, and two guys that didn't get past talking on the phone. The first two written estimates were throw aways, so I have what I...
  28. Its not like Danglerb is the main name I post...

    Its not like Danglerb is the main name I post under either, but I have been posting about 25 years now, and type pretty fast.

    I hope they enjoy that prime rib soon, with York(shire) pudding maybe.
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    Drug companies do lots of things to interest a...

    Drug companies do lots of things to interest a doc in prescribing their pills, but HMO etc. actually pay them related to lowest patient costs.

    99% of people in medicine are wonderfull, but its a...
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    Consider me beaten into submission. I was just...

    Consider me beaten into submission. I was just speculating.

    In SoCal maybe we just have more flavors, with many unlicensed contractors running around in all the trades. We have a really large pool...
  31. I thought I was done a month ago. Two contractors...

    I thought I was done a month ago. Two contractors were total flakes and their bids went into a pile, but the Carrier and Bryant guys seemed really good.

    I was just starting to learn a bit and...
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    This project had 3 main stages; Get money ...

    This project had 3 main stages;

    Get money

    Get Association approval

    Pick the oontractor.

    Each was its own PITA, see new thread called, The Lowest Bid.
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    When the HVAC police show up, don't let them in...

    When the HVAC police show up, don't let them in without a warrant.
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    Contractors not just with contrary opinions, but...

    Contractors not just with contrary opinions, but really strong opinions in general.

    Puron, R22, Trane, etc. is BEST and the rest is also maybe no good.

    Now I get it that contractors should...
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    I'd get a couple more bids, and/or check the...

    I'd get a couple more bids, and/or check the details of whats included in each bid.
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    For the IRS stuff look back in old posts a couple...

    For the IRS stuff look back in old posts a couple weeks I did a nice long thread with all the details. Bottom line is that the installer needs to provide you with a "manufacturers letter of...
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    I don't see how you can tell the tenant to keep...

    I don't see how you can tell the tenant to keep the windows closed. Heck I remember keeping the AC on in my convertible with the top down, 3 vents on me actually worked ok.
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    The fat line, the suction line, is typically...

    The fat line, the suction line, is typically where size is a problem, but thats an issue for the installer. Trane will have a chart someplace for that model with reccomended sizes for both lines,...
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    Looking over my bid pile I notice some mention...

    Looking over my bid pile I notice some mention tax, either included or +tax, some don't say, is there any normal practice? I am guessing most consumers don't take the final cost jumping up 8% real...
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    Sounds like a good outfit. If they set high...

    Sounds like a good outfit. If they set high standards in their install work, they aren't risking that much, and offering the coverage is a good way to market their quality.
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    Depends on the fine print, most extended...

    Depends on the fine print, most extended warranties stink for consumers. Overpriced, locks you in, hard to collect from, excludes the stuff that really breaks or is costly. At best its betting...
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    That arguement worked a lot better last year than...

    That arguement worked a lot better last year than this year.

    Good contractors really don't shift their prices around that much depending on the season, promotions come and go, but I seem to be...
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    All the two stage I have seen go 3, 4, 5 ton, no...

    All the two stage I have seen go 3, 4, 5 ton, no halves above 3, and you don't want undersized with a two stage (so it runs very little in the stage one, and you still get hot on the hottest days),...
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    I love these sage posts about how I or somebody...

    I love these sage posts about how I or somebody else knows nothing, then say nothing and add nothing. What exactly is it that is all wrong?

    Plenty of small shops are all craftsmen that do...
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    Many small business owners have trouble with the...

    Many small business owners have trouble with the business side of their operation, scheduling, costing, budgeting, all the pesky tasks that make a shop run smooth and profitable, and eventually it...
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    Rheem and York are my choices for good value, but...

    Rheem and York are my choices for good value, but no brand can save you from a bad install, work on finding a good contractor, and most of them will have a couple brands to offer depending on your...
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    I agree with Mayguy, people were swarming around...

    I agree with Mayguy, people were swarming around two pallets of these portables last time I was at Frys (nerd mecca), and I couldn't believe it when I saw those exhaust hoses.
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    Smart enough not to work when its hot. ;) All...

    Smart enough not to work when its hot. ;)

    All the contractors that I bothered to follow up on the bids with offered the 5 years labor, some up front, some just put it on the bid. Of course its not...
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    What I was getting at is that discounted Goodman...

    What I was getting at is that discounted Goodman prices are easy to get on the internet, and pretty much nothing else I looked at was. I never found anything consistent in pricing for York, Carrier,...
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    I have three bids sitting in front of me with...

    I have three bids sitting in front of me with exactly the terms I state, Carrier dealer on Carrier system, Bryant dealer on a Bryant, and another Carrier dealer on a York system.

    I am joking a bit...
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