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    Heat pump in most cases will be larger physically...

    Heat pump in most cases will be larger physically vs. an A/C of the same tonnage capacity.
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    Definitely good going with the 91% furnace since...

    Definitely good going with the 91% furnace since you're in a colder climate. As well as zoning with multiple levels to your home. There are obviously savings with 13SEER over time vs. 10SEER. But...
  3. Thread: ductwork

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    Yuck!! And I thought I couldn't be surprised by...

    Yuck!! And I thought I couldn't be surprised by hackery anymore. Piss poor planning at its best.
  4. All I can figure is alot of, if not all, the...

    All I can figure is alot of, if not all, the manufacturers are having some delays/issues with production of their outdoor products since the new 13SEER requirement has gone into effect. ...
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    I'm 24.

    I'm 24.
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    I think there are also additional gaskets on the...

    I think there are also additional gaskets on the blower door and outer door for noise reduction purposes on the AAV as opposed to the MAV.

    There should not be any performance differences between...
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    You're on the right track by having the installer...

    You're on the right track by having the installer come back to take a look. Since we don't know all the details of your house and system layout, it's hard to tell you what temperature to have what...
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    On a number of furnaces, the ignition takes place...

    On a number of furnaces, the ignition takes place at one burner and the flame sensor proves flame at the last burner. If you plug one of the orifices, your flame isn't going to carry across and...
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    It's possible. But why would you? Technically...

    It's possible. But why would you? Technically speaking, an electric furnace is 100% efficient...the energy you are using all goes into the house. But $$$ speaking, it will cost more unless the...
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    Contractor maybe meant "Payne is better than...

    Contractor maybe meant "Payne is better than Carrier", meaning cheaper price. You're limited to features with Payne. Carrier is by far, superior. But like Dave said, parts are shared between the...
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    No, shouldn't make any more noise. You'll get...

    No, shouldn't make any more noise. You'll get very comparable operation between the two. In fact, it should be the same as a base model Carrier 90%.
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    Subdewd, to answer your TXV question...I'm not...

    Subdewd, to answer your TXV question...I'm not sure about all manufacturer's, but most require a TXV on the heat pump systems. The manufacturer should clearly specify what metering device the system...
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    They are a good unit. No bells and whistles with...

    They are a good unit. No bells and whistles with Payne. The furnaces are single stage only. Just the bare necessities. Are you looking at Payne as a replacement or new construction?

    They are...
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    Duct sizing and balancing is essential. A...

    Duct sizing and balancing is essential.

    A system for each level is ideal. However, a properly sized unit with correct ductwork and balancing can work fine. I have been able to adjust dampers...
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    A heat load calculation definitely needs to be...

    A heat load calculation definitely needs to be performed!

    Try http://www.howstuffworks.com for an explanation of how air conditioning equipment works.
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    amickracing

    Like amickracing said, the half of the basement that the furnace is located and trunks are run in will be used as mechanical room/storage. Only the other half of the basement will be finished. And...
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    In an earlier reply, I stated that the plumber...

    In an earlier reply, I stated that the plumber got in before and ran piping and drains that interfered with me putting the return closer.
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    Thanks for the pointers, Trane. I tried jumping...

    Thanks for the pointers, Trane. I tried jumping and walking above potential noise trouble spots on the main floor and didn't hear anything. But time and use by the homeowner will prove that right...
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    To answer your disconnect question, the...

    To answer your disconnect question, the electricians poked through the house right there. And to dress up the seal-tight and run it with the lineset and other wiring, I came out the side. The...
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    The main supply reduces at that point because of...

    The main supply reduces at that point because of the supply duct that branches up and feeds the upstairs. That's why I made that transition. As for the return location, the plumber got in before me...
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    Is my install "wall of pride" worthy? Overall, I...

    Is my install "wall of pride" worthy? Overall, I am quite proud of it.

    Well, be gentle. This is my first install on my own. Since I am starting out, I could only get Payne. But since the local...
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    What was the temperature outside at the time? ...

    What was the temperature outside at the time? What kind of temperatures did the house see during the day? Was the AC not running during the daytime?

    As has been mentioned, an AC first removes...
  23. Thread: House Heats Up

    by amb4081
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    What are the temperatures outside during the days...

    What are the temperatures outside during the days the house heats up?
  24. Thread: Humidifier

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    Humidity plays a significant role in comfort. ...

    Humidity plays a significant role in comfort. Lower humidity during summer makes the homeowner feel cooler so that the t-stat setpoint can actually be higher. The opposite is true of winter. With...
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    Just curious. Where are you located?

    Just curious. Where are you located?
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    The "comfort" and "efficiency" modes are setup by...

    The "comfort" and "efficiency" modes are setup by the dealer/installer. As dash said, contact the dealer/installer about your concerns.
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    If the system is set up in "Comfort" mode, then...

    If the system is set up in "Comfort" mode, then there will be less airflow than nominal. However, the reason for that is even air distribution and less draft. "Efficiency" mode will have more...
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    Shouldn't the manufacturer have some information...

    Shouldn't the manufacturer have some information about this? I know Carrier, Bryant, and Payne list the minimum breaker size and wire size for their equipment; especially air handlers with electric...
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    Check out http://www.carrier.com for a list of...

    Check out http://www.carrier.com for a list of their heat pumps. It's informative and gives benefits of each heat pump model (SEER, refrigerant, etc.)
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    They use less electricity to run = less money to...

    They use less electricity to run = less money to run.

    They gradually ramp on and off so initial start/stop is not as noticeable.

    They operate at lower noise levels than typical PSC motors so...
  31. Thread: Carrier 58STA

    by amb4081
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    Also, I installed a 58CVA in my house a couple...

    Also, I installed a 58CVA in my house a couple years ago and love it. I have had no problems whatsoever. The variable speed blower (vs a PSC motor) will cut electricity costs a little bit if you...
  32. Thread: Carrier 58STA

    by amb4081
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    It is the base model 80% non-condensing furnace...

    It is the base model 80% non-condensing furnace for Carrier. No bells and whistles with the STA. The DLA (deluxe) single stage will provide a few more options. But if this is your house and you...
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    I am somewhat new to the HVAC field. I took 2...

    I am somewhat new to the HVAC field. I took 2 years of vocational HVAC schooling during high school. During the summer of my junior to senior year, I got a job (thru the class) working for a...
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    For Bryant, anything over 50ft lineset, the...

    For Bryant, anything over 50ft lineset, the suction line will need to be oversized slightly along with other items possibly needing to be installed (crankcase heater, TXV, etc.). It is plainly...
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