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    Maybe, but he who rejects work should be able to...

    Maybe, but he who rejects work should be able to cite the verifiable code, yes?

    larobj63 is correct.
  2. I'm in a somewhat similar situation*, except I'm...

    I'm in a somewhat similar situation*, except I'm deciding between MERV 8 and whatever the 4" filters do.

    If it were me though, I wouldn't mess around with asthma. If you find evidence that the...
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    Well mayguy, apparently you are wrong. Your gas...

    Well mayguy, apparently you are wrong. Your gas bills only APPEAR to be going down. Hold the bill under a black light, you will see the secret numbers revealed.

    And thanks beenthere, you just...
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    You are free to believe I was guessing if you...

    You are free to believe I was guessing if you like. But I'll say it again, since apparently you were not aware: you're confusing and mixing what the AFUE rating means with whatever differences in...
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    Are these people saying that a single stage...

    Are these people saying that a single stage furnace that necessarily satisfies a t-stat in an even shorter amount of time still uses more energy? They must be.
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    As you're probably aware, "95% efficiency" means...

    As you're probably aware, "95% efficiency" means 95% of the gas turns into heat, the other 5% goes up the pipe. For the same meaning to hold for "50% efficiency" in stage one would mean there'd be a...
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    I'd be very surprised if your gas bill was now...

    I'd be very surprised if your gas bill was now double, which is what you're implying by thinking that operating in stage 1 is half as efficient as stage 2. I didn't reach that conclusion from what...
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    I've read here that a furnace is operating at...

    I've read here that a furnace is operating at peak efficiency when it's at full bore, putting out all the BTUs. Don't know why; maybe it's because everything inside it is sized for full power usage....
  9. Thread: HVAC Brands

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    I'm not clear on why you're asking for approval...

    I'm not clear on why you're asking for approval after-the-fact. You might also want to know that the main reason why pricing isn't allowed is because it unnecessarily overshadows any real equipment...
  10. Thread: Thermostats

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    Or worse, it could lock up and refuse to turn off...

    Or worse, it could lock up and refuse to turn off your AC: http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?p=1993085&highlight=maplechase#post1993085
  11. The units in question (items #3 and 6, 17 SEER...

    The units in question (items #3 and 6, 17 SEER condenser and 16 SEER heat pump) are both 2-stage units, and for the sake of conversation let's assume they are both sized and installed correctly.
    ...
  12. Meaning, by being a heat pump item #6 will still...

    Meaning, by being a heat pump item #6 will still cycle more because it's operating year 'round?

    Since both are warranted for the same length of time, I guess I'd have to figure out if the extra...
  13. Can you help me with these Carrier part numbers?

    I asked for, and graciously got, several quotes here for complete systems but am not entirely sure of what I'm seeing. Perhaps you'd lend your opinion too.

    The common denominators are:...
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    I'd send you a personal msg. if I could, if at...

    I'd send you a personal msg. if I could, if at least to give you an idea. (But i no longer see a link for that.) Once I saw how it done it's easy. Knowledge is power, as our pros here will tell you.
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    nashobasales, you're on thin ice with your...

    nashobasales, you're on thin ice with your assertion. It implies a willingness on the part of a tech to act dishonestly or in an uneducated manner to reach a conclusion that may not exist. You might...
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    There are a number of calculators on the web...

    There are a number of calculators on the web (sorry, someone else will have to provide a link) to give you an idea of how long it'll take to achieve payback on new equipment. There are other factors...
  17. I don't understand. As far as I know these two...

    I don't understand. As far as I know these two subjects aren't directly related.
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    Seems as if "preventative maintenance" is a bit...

    Seems as if "preventative maintenance" is a bit of a misnomer. If a tech comes out for a PM and finds literally nothing that needs doing, it was a checkup; no "preventative maintenance" was actually...
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    At the time of purchase did they recommend...

    At the time of purchase did they recommend something be done every 6 months?

    I'd ask him what will be different about the system at the 12 month mark. Will something be out of alignment? Need...
  20. Wait a sec. I think THIS may be it instead: ...

    Wait a sec. I think THIS may be it instead:



    OK, that certainly jibes with what I was told. Except for the requirement that it be Trane.

    BURL-REF, I'm sending you the link.
  21. I will ask a few more questions about the...

    I will ask a few more questions about the warranty and see it in writing. At this point it's the main reason for me to go this direction --- it does sound a bit too good to be true --- and I've...
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    All of them. And none of them. I don't mean to...

    All of them. And none of them. I don't mean to say that all are equals, but that you, the contractors and the manufacturers do not --- and cannot --- know for sure. All you're going to get is...
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    Carrier warranty is what again?

    My primarily Trane contractor says a Carrier system comes with 5yrs parts, 1 yr labor. But he'll do whatever I want of course.

    A competitor's website states that Carrier systems are 5yrs parts/5...
  24. "Remember, the Trane systems have a lifetime parts and labor warranty."

    That's what I was told by my contractor after he also gave me quotes for some Carrier setups. They REALLY like Trane; it's the only thing mentioned in their glossy brochure and on their website.
    ...
  25. jp99, I've lived in the Seattle area. I'm betting...

    jp99, I've lived in the Seattle area. I'm betting that after you run the numbers, anything more than a 80% furnace will have a significantly longer payback. Not saying you shouldn't do it if you can...
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    Jon, you are so close but the actual cutoff for...

    Jon, you are so close but the actual cutoff for it to be worth it is well known to be 94 miles. Sorry.
  27. What does the term "builder grade" mean to you, really?

    It's a term that gets used to describe lots of things associated with a house, everything from refrigerators to toilets (how's that for a full food-cycle picture?)

    To me it means low-cost (bought...
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    Can't kill their decades-old rhyming. Try this:...

    Can't kill their decades-old rhyming. Try this: "The quicker picker upper for the HVAC lover."
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    Can you wait about a week? I've got a deal for...

    Can you wait about a week? I've got a deal for you: http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?p=1993085#post1993085 Batteries not included.

    P.S. I recommend your life insurance be paid up prior to...
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    I can sympathize. My old MapleChase t-stat (your...

    I can sympathize. My old MapleChase t-stat (your days are numbered, my friend! I'll have the last say by next week ...) truly attempted to cryogenically deep-freeze us a month ago.

    Both AA...
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    Seems like the load calc could/should also better...

    Seems like the load calc could/should also better determine which furnace is needed. SEER doesn't apply to furnaces, in case you're wondering, but the furnace could influence the AC's SEER rating if...
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    At my folk's house, this is exactly the case...

    At my folk's house, this is exactly the case upstairs. They have a heat pump that serves just the upstairs. It's located in the attic. Ceiling registers. Doesn't matter if it's summer and cooling, or...
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    Really? If it short-cycles it's too big, and NOT...

    Really? If it short-cycles it's too big, and NOT saving you on your electricity bill. You don't think that your problems with the airflow volume and perceived vent temps (to say nothing of having to...
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    He might have a point about Fiberglas filters not...

    He might have a point about Fiberglas filters not doing any better. But given the fact that even his grocery store stocks pleated filters ... does this guy ever have any visitors? I'd think even a...
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    68 degrees in your home is 68 degrees regardless...

    68 degrees in your home is 68 degrees regardless of heating method. The difference is the temp at the register. With a furnace, the register feels hot because it's hotter than your skin. With a heat...
  36. My impression was that he wasn't familiar with...

    My impression was that he wasn't familiar with it. I see myself trying to shape this choice around the controls, what they can do, instead of the "big boxes," so that's probably another sign that my...
  37. 21degrees --- thanks for clearing that up. ...

    21degrees --- thanks for clearing that up.

    beenthere: I know, I really know. If it's one thing I've learned in my rapid education over the last several days about HVAC it's that these things are...
  38. Thanks beenthere. That's about what I thought....

    Thanks beenthere. That's about what I thought. I'd forgotten that getting the "full meal deal" also brought about a longer warr. And yes, they go through a 3rd party 12-mos. same-as-cash that's...
  39. I also noticed Carrier seems to market more...

    I also noticed Carrier seems to market more models, but if the info on their website means anything I see overlap. In particular, the bottom 2 or 3 in each of these lines doesn't really...
  40. I sent my contractor a note, asking for a new...

    I sent my contractor a note, asking for a new quote that subs out the XL16i for the XL15i and do the VisionPRO IAQ instead of the XL803. That combo was a few bucks more. Maybe they're seeing just how...
  41. And lemme tell ya, the Bryantman looks like he...

    And lemme tell ya, the Bryantman looks like he can take whatever territory he wants! http://www.bryant.com/about/bryantman/microsite.html

    Good thing he, and the entire company, and the separate...
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    Actually, Goodman makes Goodman. And Amana HVAC...

    Actually, Goodman makes Goodman. And Amana HVAC stuff.

    The "bells and whistles" in today's HVAC systems generally relate to comfort, not just basic temperature setting per se. But that doesn't...
  43. These brand names that are really the same under...

    These brand names that are really the same under the skin --- strikes me as an inefficient business model. Must be enough large profits in it to sustain and overcome it however. To say nothing of...
  44. jellytoo --- As a fellow homeowner going...

    jellytoo ---

    As a fellow homeowner going through this as well, I'm looking for characteristics.

    1) I got 5 bids. The attitude and "feeling" you get from the consultant is part of it (but not...
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    It's not that furnaces are "packaged" so much as...

    It's not that furnaces are "packaged" so much as recommended. You can get just an air handler instead of a furnace. But only people in the warmest of climates don't buy furnaces or other...
  46. I knew my initial post was way too long.

    Like I said, the XL19 isn't in the running. (But not for the reason you state.)
  47. Getting on board (the Trane) or "Carrier" me away. Not a best-brand question ...

    I've picked my contractor, out of 5 that stopped by to give me initial bids. Price seems to be upper-middle of the bunch, they've been around since the mid-1950s, I got a good sense that the...
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