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    I have a different take -- I would report him...

    I have a different take -- I would report him immediately. By not playing by the rules, and having the things that I am forced to have, he will have a competitive advantage if going against you, not...
  2. Thread: New house build

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    I think you will also find that the std...

    I think you will also find that the std warranties with the Amana system will be FAR SUPERIOR to those of the other two you mentioned. That said, proper design and installation of any system...
  3. get quotes for total replacement!

    get quotes for total replacement!
  4. Thread: Help Question

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    Doesn't seem like enough HP to start with. Here...

    Doesn't seem like enough HP to start with. Here in N TX, I have many small commercial kitchens only eat up 4-5 tons -- REAL QUICK!
  5. Thread: HVAC TOOLS

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    Being an Owner I have played this both ways, and...

    Being an Owner I have played this both ways, and I have settled on basically the following. Tools that I have provided are abused and lost. Tools provided by employees tend to last longer. I...
  6. Thread: Amana or York?

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    My opinion - York offers limited product line and...

    My opinion - York offers limited product line and I don't think overall quality is there. Goodman / Amana much better product line and warranties. But which ever brand you select the true decider is...
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    Been my experience that a commercial kitchen --...

    Been my experience that a commercial kitchen -- even a small one will eat up 4-5 tons very quickly. Sounds like you are undersized and larger piston won't help.
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    FWIW -- Remember that 50% of all the...

    FWIW -- Remember that 50% of all the professionals you deal with -- graduated in the bottom half of their class! Doctors, Lawyers, HVAC etc.
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    R-410A systems were more expensive but that was...

    R-410A systems were more expensive but that was because 410A systems were higher SEER, and not available in basic 13SEER models. Several manufacturers now (Goodman & Lennox) offer 13 SEER R-410A...
  10. Thread: Good Installer?

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    Good Installers -- the center of many if not most...

    Good Installers -- the center of many if not most HVAC problems. I continually draw the scorn of manufacturers when I say that their equip is 25%, system design is 25% and installation is 50% of any...
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    Toooooo little info to venture a 'pinion'. 'Half...

    Toooooo little info to venture a 'pinion'. 'Half owners split everything 50/50' --- all revenues and expenses? What's the business plan? Where is the marketing and more important the accounting?...
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    You have sereral issues here. Bein' that your...

    You have sereral issues here. Bein' that your new here, look through several of the older threads and you'll find that "load calcs" are necessary and in my company MANDATORY. Keep looking for a...
  13. Thread: kinky pictures

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    Installation shoud have had nothing to do with...

    Installation shoud have had nothing to do with this -- unless they dropped the unit.
    Do you notice any damage on the outside of the cabinet like a flat spot that shouldn't be there. Most likely...
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    1. Talk to family friends and neighbors and get...

    1. Talk to family friends and neighbors and get their recommendation for a reputable service company.
    2. Call them.
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    A couple of things -- don't close off any vents! ...

    A couple of things -- don't close off any vents! Could cause problems with temp rise in furnace/heat exchanger leading to BIG problems.

    Your TStat will only operate only when calling for heat. ...
  16. Thread: Heat Pump Advice

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    If your contractor is being straight with you...

    If your contractor is being straight with you about the problem -- how many leaks did he find? Is possible one leak could be repaired and provide satisfactory service again. He is generally correct...
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    Get your contractor to supply ARI certification...

    Get your contractor to supply ARI certification associated with components, then make sure the model #'s match at install. Most 13 SEER components get 14 SEER rating with VS blowers.
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    My $.02 -- and I am a plumber. Depending on...

    My $.02 -- and I am a plumber. Depending on heater location your hot water will not (probably not) be "instant" -- but will be "endless". There is a difference. Instant hot water supplies...
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    Just a couple of thoughts -- GOODMAN and AMANA...

    Just a couple of thoughts -- GOODMAN and AMANA both made by GOODMAN. AMANA (caddillac) vs GOODMAN (chevy). I am a dealer for all three lines. Goodman/Amana offers best warranties out of the box --...
  20. Would suggest you look at AMANA 80% VS furnace...

    Would suggest you look at AMANA 80% VS furnace (AMV80???) combined with AMANA 16 SEER two stage AC condenser. AMANA made by GOODMAN and is their caddillac VS chevy. A little more $$$ but will put...
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    Short answer -- YES!

    Short answer -- YES!
  22. You didn't say if the sheet metal position is...

    You didn't say if the sheet metal position is commercial or not. Union sheet metal shop I would expect to be commercial. This is good knowledge and experience to have. Will ultimately help you in...
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    Was not too long ago I saw something on TV that...

    Was not too long ago I saw something on TV that prompted me to look into the "Earth Ships". Google it and there is a website. Further research will find that the concepts are "interesting" however...
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    Don't know where you are at, but does your state...

    Don't know where you are at, but does your state or city have licensing requirements/board that you may be able to approach and file a complaint. If this guy is even somewhat reputable then they may...
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    you don't say where you're at. RH is definately...

    you don't say where you're at. RH is definately consideration. You say "new house" -- how new? Houses are built tighter now and any humidity brought in is harder to remove. Personally, unless the...
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    On the systems we deal with, you have various...

    On the systems we deal with, you have various operational modes depending on the manufacturer and how you put the system together. System can operate as stand alone or integrated with furnace/AC...
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    You have various operational modes depending on...

    You have various operational modes depending on the manufcturer and also how you put it together. System can operate as stand alone or integrated with furnace/AC operation
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    You most likely will not feel any draft from the...

    You most likely will not feel any draft from the ERV/HRV. They only exchange a small amount of air at a time and that will be directed through out the entire system
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    welcome to the sight. Don't know specifically of...

    welcome to the sight. Don't know specifically of the tool you are referring, but Northern Tool & Equipment has lighter duty/portable shears, brakes, and punches that I have thought of using.
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    We are not supposed to discuss $$$ in this forum,...

    We are not supposed to discuss $$$ in this forum, but look for the intangibles between your lowball $$$ and highball $$$ -- company reputation, appearance, attitude, references etc. As far as the...
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    Is it "absolutely necessary" to replace the...

    Is it "absolutely necessary" to replace the entire system -- NO! Look hard enough and you can find some hack to replace just the compressor and tell you it will work just fine for another 20 yrs. ...
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    Your Post says much -- and not enough. "2 Energy...

    Your Post says much -- and not enough. "2 Energy Audits say 4T is enough" -- "other AC contractors say 4T not enough" -- "pregnant lady with same size house gets new 5ton system". "Builder...
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    Your Post says much -- and not enough. "2 Energy...

    Your Post says much -- and not enough. "2 Energy Audits say 4T is enough" -- "other AC contractors say 4T not enough" -- "pregnant lady with same size house gets new 5ton system". "Builder...
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    Don't know where you're located, but sounds like...

    Don't know where you're located, but sounds like a job for your lawyer. As the original HVAC guy is now gone under, you'll probably have to sue your builder to get this mess resolved. For your...
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    I'm not devaluing the one man show -- in fact...

    I'm not devaluing the one man show -- in fact many days I would like to let everyone go, keep the best helper and get back into the truck myself. I definately would take home more $$$ right now. Am...
  36. Thread: This sucks

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    Another reason to know exactly what you're...

    Another reason to know exactly what you're getting into and pricing appropriately. Commercial Services like this should include clause for any additional repairs necessary to bring equipment up to...
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    I don't like piercing valves either. You could...

    I don't like piercing valves either. You could install a "Tee" in the supply line for the sink between the sink supply cutoff and the faucet supply tubing. This would be a simple threaded...
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    Ditto DeltaT, get a qualified person!!! You...

    Ditto DeltaT, get a qualified person!!!

    You have too/two (high volts vs low volts) many issues here to address!
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    Hmmmm no money to start, how to get customers???...

    Hmmmm no money to start, how to get customers??? Don't want to quit the day job.

    Marketing -- What is your tag going to be "small one man show, can't afford to quit my day job, but will fix...
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    Have always been told to follow tire rating not...

    Have always been told to follow tire rating not generic on door. Different tires will have different psi rating i.e. I run 10 ply tires on my trucks not std 6 ply from factory
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    Too many variables/intangibles that figure in the...

    Too many variables/intangibles that figure in the mix. In TX -- GL Ins (Risk)based on Direct Labor Payroll, not Sales Volume or SGA Payroll. Has he had previous claims (a biggie). In my area --...
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    Geo Thermal/Air Source

    My .02 -- FWIW. I am an HVAC contractor and former finance student. In looking at this as an investment -- Geo-Thermal HP and even high SEER Air Source does not "payback", or as an "investment"...
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    Me thinks you may be stuck. Buyer beware!!! ...

    Me thinks you may be stuck. Buyer beware!!! Probably should have negotiated changes/upgrades/allowances up front B4 signing contract. Don't know how many house you have built in the past, but U...
  44. Phoenix Salary

    Not to bust your chops, but you indicate you have basically applied for a job for which you have no experience and bring little/nothing to the table. As an owner I think it presumtious to assume you...
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