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    IAQ, family getting sick a lot.

    A family I know has experienced an unusual amount of illness, and was starting to suspect their home. They have had everything from colds, to odd things like "Reynauds Syndrome". Any advice, even on...
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    Minimum Length Line Set

    How does a short line set (say 6 feet as opposed to 10 or 25 feet) affect your SEER rating? The only purpose of the line set is transportation and a slight addition of Superheat, correct?
    Also, I...
  3. Facts: 1) Wrong Controls 2) Only a properly...

    Facts:
    1) Wrong Controls
    2) Only a properly executed Pressure Test can identify a failed heat exchanger
    3) Many old Pulse furnaces are still safe to operate
    4) Incorrect advice from your...
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    Which HVAC program do you like?

    I am considering switching to a new computer program for our HVAC business. I have looked at "Wintac" and was wondering what others use and like. Any info would be appreciated.
    Thank You.
  5. I have used an inline water filter usually used...

    I have used an inline water filter usually used for an ice maker on your refrigerator, and had a lot of success. They are inexpensive and easy to change.
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    As always, I would first ask you why you thought...

    As always, I would first ask you why you thought you needed one. I would suggest that you would benefit more from an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) than from a humidifier. This would be for indoor...
  7. Absolutely! Put many in over the last eight years...

    Absolutely! Put many in over the last eight years or so, and I have one myself. When PROPERLY INSTALLED, problems are few and savings are many. Even installed one in a B&B with several rooms and they...
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    I agree with my Brethren, There is only one right...

    I agree with my Brethren, There is only one right way to size the system, and it's worth the money. 3-3.5 sounds like the upper end of the sizing scale, and the system will only provide what the...
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    Broan now makes a Solar Powered Attic Fan.

    Broan now makes a Solar Powered Attic Fan.
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    Carbon is not just a problem because of acid, it...

    Carbon is not just a problem because of acid, it is also an abrasive.
    Isn't any contamination we can avoid in the system, too much and shameful?
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    We have a woman that has been a tech. for about...

    We have a woman that has been a tech. for about 15 years. She's pretty well known and does very well. To answer the question though, I think it's probably the same reason we do not see a lot of men...
  12. Thread: Payne Pg9Mxa

    by Toolboy
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    Anything is possible, although not allowed to be...

    Anything is possible, although not allowed to be discussed here. There are many good people who are willing to help. Try contacting someone at their private address if you cannot make it to the...
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    Higher efficient also increases property value,...

    Higher efficient also increases property value, so you absolutely should recover your investment. It is also more attractive to a potential buyer!
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    Having a leak is a completely separate issue than...

    Having a leak is a completely separate issue than needing to replace a system, and the two should be evaluated that way. Leaks can be repaired and systems can be tested to evaluate performance.
    I...
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    Here in Wisconsin, we require a license for an...

    Here in Wisconsin, we require a license for an HVAC company. Unfortunately, the only requirement is that you pass a ridiculous test that is about 90% Industrial and commercial, and maybe 10%...
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    "Do It Right The Second Time" I always say. I...

    "Do It Right The Second Time" I always say. I have installed many of the "On Demand" combination water heaters. Space Heating and Domestic from one condensing, compact source. Mine reduced my bill...
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    I am in full agreement with Glenn Harrison! A...

    I am in full agreement with Glenn Harrison! A proven faulty test instrument is not worth messing with! If it results in burning up one control, creating one callback, or tearing your hair out over...
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    Yes, do not use a pressure washer to clean the...

    Yes, do not use a pressure washer to clean the coils. If you bend the fins, you will lose operation and efficiency.
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    It has always been my understanding that the only...

    It has always been my understanding that the only acceptable method for drilling an orifice is in a drill press because if the hole is not machined at a 90' angle to the face, the flame pattern will...
  20. Thread: HELP!!!

    by Toolboy
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    I fully agree with the last two gentleman. I also...

    I fully agree with the last two gentleman. I also would encourage you to look into an air-to-air heat pump. This will really reduce your bills, and will also qualify for the energy tax credit.
    Good...
  21. TWO SYSTEMS! Operating costs should be less as...

    TWO SYSTEMS! Operating costs should be less as you only use what you need, and is better for comfort.If one system suffers a breakdown, the other will still run. Repair parts will be less expensive...
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    We have run a couple of these installs with...

    We have run a couple of these installs with success. The lineset MUST be run in a conduit, both to insulate and to aid in potential repairs. It must also be properly insulated and sized for the...
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    I have always responded to anything from drips to...

    I have always responded to anything from drips to disasters (although we charge extra) as my boss would surely die of starvation if I were to ever miss an after hours call. One day, while answering...
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    You cannot change the size without problems, but...

    You cannot change the size without problems, but it sounds like you already have those. Why did it fail after only 8 years?
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    Doing your homework is MOST important. What do...

    Doing your homework is MOST important. What do you want out of your system? A good dealer is one that will start here. A heat loss/heat load calculation has to be done to ensure proper sizing. A...
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    Stages are speeds like high speed and low speed....

    Stages are speeds like high speed and low speed. Our equipment, although having to be sized to accommodate the most extreme conditions we expect, is usually not required to produce at this level. If...
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    Hello. Your concerns are well taken. I share...

    Hello.
    Your concerns are well taken. I share your feelings, and have lived them serving my area for over ten years. May I suggest that you ask the technician to record the information that you...
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    Why not consider installing one boiler with 24VAC...

    Why not consider installing one boiler with 24VAC hour meters. Then you can charge each unit for their exact use for only a few dollars, rather than a few boilers. Easy to install, fun to read!

    ...
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    Sparky always makes me laugh too! He gets to the...

    Sparky always makes me laugh too! He gets to the job right before me (thanks to the superior planning of our superior). He arrives with a secretly devised map of the only joist spaces I have...
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    This does not appear to be a system that is...

    This does not appear to be a system that is conducive to proper airflow or static pressure, especially in cooling mode.
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    Good Morning Friend. Up here in the bitter cold...

    Good Morning Friend. Up here in the bitter cold of northern Wisconsin on the U.P. border, we do see an occasional attic, or uninsulated condition install. I have seen a 90%er in a garage that ran for...
  32. The Infinity controller does control comfort...

    The Infinity controller does control comfort cooling and dehumidification seperately. It also allows for user control of the fan speed, reads the system static pressure and will adjust accordingly to...
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    You are right to be concerned. The pictures give...

    You are right to be concerned. The pictures give the appearance of an incorrect install, whjch in Wisconsin is illegal. Your comment confirms that something is amiss, unless your landlord payed to...
  34. Thread: deer repellent

    by Toolboy
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    Northern Wisconsin, where the deer outnumber the...

    Northern Wisconsin, where the deer outnumber the women. I have seen many attempts and many failures. The repellent sprays are costly, smelly, and even the morning dew will wash them off. Motion...
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    I agree with Ryan.

    I agree with Ryan.
  36. Thread: Stumped

    by Toolboy
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    Because times are slow, most employers will look...

    Because times are slow, most employers will look to hire more experienced people to get out of the cost of training, but some employers recognize the benefit of training someone the way that they...
  37. Bigger is not always better, your duct system can...

    Bigger is not always better, your duct system can only handle a certain amount of capacity. If the demand can be satisfied with a smaller size, it is likely to be more efficient. An a/c system does...
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    There is a better product yet which also...

    There is a better product yet which also qualifies for the tax credit, the G71, a true variable speed furnace that can "Adapt" to changing conditions such as run time and air flow. Carrier also has a...
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    Hey savannah, good luck. I took out my wards...

    Hey savannah, good luck. I took out my wards boiler about five years ago. I know they have not made heating appliances for many years. If I come up with anything, I will let you know.

    Smile!
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    Be careful, don't trade your happiness for money,...

    Be careful, don't trade your happiness for money, OR ANYTHING ELSE! It sounds like there are alot of people who are counting on you to make the right choice. Perhaps considering what they might want...
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    I hope your considering heat pump performance,...

    I hope your considering heat pump performance, some heat surprisingly well even down to 0', others do not. Most important to have it installed properly and maintained.

    Good luck
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    I agree with motoguy and beenthere, a load...

    I agree with motoguy and beenthere, a load calculation is a MUST. Do you know the difference between a two speed and a true variable speed? If not, I would suggest that you are not ready to make the...
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    I have used the "Mannix sam990dw" for years. Very...

    I have used the "Mannix sam990dw" for years. Very compact, 3/8" round tip 3/4" long fits into most places.Has served me well.
  44. Thread: double filter?

    by Toolboy
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    NEVER double a filter. A high merv filter is the...

    NEVER double a filter. A high merv filter is the most desirable option but in a 5" wide, get the filtration without the restriction. An electronic air cleaner is not a filter, requires repetitive...
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    It's time. True variable speed, 95% or higher. If...

    It's time. True variable speed, 95% or higher. If you are replacing the a/c unit, you should consider a heat pump, best compliment to the furnace.
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    Better with a boiler, highest efficient, and ten...

    Better with a boiler, highest efficient, and ten times the comfort!
    Enjoy
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    Get good, then get fast. If you get fast first,...

    Get good, then get fast. If you get fast first, all you'll ever be is fast. Both types of training are important, but you cannot beat education SCHOOL IS A MUST! You have to understand theory and...
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    My first recommendation would be to have your...

    My first recommendation would be to have your indoor air tested. It sounds like you still have a large source of contamination. Several things will cause the symptoms you are describing. Volatile...
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    I find it difficult to condemn a six year old...

    I find it difficult to condemn a six year old unit. These things are very expensive. I like the second opinion advice, as well as "If a replacement is warranted,The whole system, or it is not a...
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    My ten plus years as a Tech. leads me to agree...

    My ten plus years as a Tech. leads me to agree with Mr. Bill. I have had enough problems with coleman that I do not care for them. I have been a Carrier and Lennox dealer for most of my career, but...
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