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  1. Do you think it will use significantly more fuel...

    Do you think it will use significantly more fuel now that it runs an extra minute every time the burner kicks on than it did last year when the fan started after 50 seconds of burner run time?
  2. yes, very close to furnace. A direct line at...

    yes, very close to furnace. A direct line at this register to the furnace (not through the plenum) and about 10 to 15 linear feet of duct.
  3. When it first comes out of the register it is the...

    When it first comes out of the register it is the latent air inside the ducts and is 70 degrees. within a 10 or 15 seconds it's up to 75, within a minute its up to 85 within a few minutes it peaks...
  4. okay, I'll do that. I assume measure the temp at...

    okay, I'll do that. I assume measure the temp at the closest register to the furnace and also at the return. I suspect that the initial temp will be on the cool side since the ducts would have to...
  5. New Control board, different delay settings

    Over the summer, the control board to my AC/furnace failed and was replaced. The heating season is just about to begin and I noticed that the delay between the blower and burner is slightly...
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    I agree, I will be going back to the original...

    I agree, I will be going back to the original company that serviced the burner properly. However, my real internal debate is whether to do that now, or simply wait it out until next year. In other...
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    I understand. It is pretty frustrating though. ...

    I understand. It is pretty frustrating though. In fact, if i just didn't pay any attention in the first place, i wouldn't even know anything is wrong.

    This company has been in buisiness for 25...
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    It did it a bit at the end of the year. But it...

    It did it a bit at the end of the year. But it mainly ran great.

    Should I not trust this company anymore? If I call anyone else to look at the burner, it will cost $$.

    For what it is...
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    What do you make of this: Damper is still...

    What do you make of this:

    Damper is still banging around on initial start up and progressively gets better over a period of minutes. Once the burner has been running 4 to 5 minutes, the damper...
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    Thank you! This is exactly the info I was...

    Thank you! This is exactly the info I was looking for.

    Another follow up, if I may.......

    Would the basement need a separate "zone"? Or would it just receive heat when the upstairs t-stat...
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    The current duct system is probably undersized. ...

    The current duct system is probably undersized. The main trunk is 16 by 6 and the individual ducts coming off are 5-inch diameter. The whole duct system would get replaced in one shot with the...
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    basement remodel

    If I was to finish my full basement, could I use my existing oil furnace to heat it, if new returns and supplies were run in the basement?

    My furnace is currently way oversized for the house. It...
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    Well, the tech came out to the house yesterday...

    Well, the tech came out to the house yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, I could not be there, my wife was there. I left a note describing the issue.

    My wife told me the tech was there for 10...
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    Inside the furnace, there is a chart which lists...

    Inside the furnace, there is a chart which lists .75gph as standard and also lists .65 and .5 as alternative nozzle sizes.

    That is the furnace though, i don't know if the burner is able to run on...
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    just made a service appt. they cant make it...

    just made a service appt.

    they cant make it to my house until next tuesday though.

    I told them that the burner was running rough, damper banging back and forth, etc..

    Is this normal?
    ...
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    The ductwork in my home is very small. My...

    The ductwork in my home is very small. My feeling is that even with the "high" speed on the fan, the ductwork is limiting the air volume and speed. It is a small 1 story home w/basement (unheated,...
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    I measured tonight. I was out of house and heat...

    I measured tonight. I was out of house and heat was off, so when I turned it back on, it got to run for a good while. I also have the return directly above the furnace and the nearest register is...
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    Thanks for the advice. I will call them back. ...

    Thanks for the advice. I will call them back.

    FYI, I looked inside the furnace and for the 0.75gph nozzle, it lists high or med-high as acceptable fan speeds. Temp rise is 55 to 85 degrees.
    ...
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    I was half thinking that myself. But which...

    I was half thinking that myself. But which company? The same one that I had put in the smaller nozzle?

    Also, does the fan speed have to be put back to high? The current fan speed is med-high...
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    he told me that he adjusted the damper using...

    he told me that he adjusted the damper using instruments. My question though is which of the three options should I do? Call back same company? Call new company and pay? Or just wait till next...
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    Burner advice sought....

    Background: (I will try to be brief)

    September this year, called HVAC company to downfire Carrier oil-fired hot air furnace with Beckett burner. Was a 0.75gph and now is a .65gph. Reason for...
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    no, he didn't say anything about heat exchanger. ...

    no, he didn't say anything about heat exchanger. He was just here about a month ago for an annual service/cleaning. So I assume if the heat exchanger was a problem, he would have said something?
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    OK, that kind of jives with what he told me. He...

    OK, that kind of jives with what he told me. He said that when it got colder, I would likely see the damper open up a bit.

    At any rate, furnace seems to be running great, It had always...
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    I don't know what it was unfortunately. He told...

    I don't know what it was unfortunately. He told me that I had a "good" draft and also that he could tell that my chimney was working very well.

    Anything to offer regarding my question listed just...
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    still curious.....the barometric damper is set...

    still curious.....the barometric damper is set toward the high end now, something like 0.08 and when the burner was running, it doesn't open at all.

    Tech told me that was OK and that during winter...
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    Turned out to be a faulty nozzle. Tech put in...

    Turned out to be a faulty nozzle. Tech put in new nozzle and told me he had to readjust things, not sure what that means, but at the end, burner seems to be running great and tech told me it was...
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    Is the fuel pump a possible cause for the burner...

    Is the fuel pump a possible cause for the burner running rough on the initial 1 to 2 minutes of operation?
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    thanks. I just called and made an appointment...

    thanks. I just called and made an appointment for them to come take another look at it tomorrow morning.

    as far as your questions: i don't know how he determined the pump was weak, but he told...
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    I don't know the answers to your questoins. I...

    I don't know the answers to your questoins. I believe he made some adjustments, b/c a new type of nozzle was installed.

    The chimney thing I didn't think about, but the furnace is really hardly...
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    furnace initially running rough....

    Looking for opinions on the following: (a little background as well)

    1) oil furnace cleaned in august

    2) tech downfired furnace for me from a 0.75 to 0.65 gph nozzle. I requested b/c furnace...
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    I have 10 supplies at 5 inches each. The main...

    I have 10 supplies at 5 inches each. The main trunk is only 6 by 16-inch. Small ductwork, but it's a small house. right now, the fan is on high and it's pretty loud at the return, plus its...
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    I am hopeful the technician that shows up can...

    I am hopeful the technician that shows up can decide these things. The nameplate on the furnace has two alternate inputs and both use a W nozzle. Why would the technician put in a nozzle that is...
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    yes, it is short cycling. It has for years, I...

    yes, it is short cycling. It has for years, I combat that by setting the CPH on my Honeywell CT3200 to 3CPH. This gives about a 1.5 degree temp swing. But even so, on most winter days, burner runs...
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    The furnace itself has a "nameplate" inside that...

    The furnace itself has a "nameplate" inside that lists 3 different nozzles, BTU rating, fan speed, temp rise and also pump pressure. It is a Beckett Burner.

    According to this nameplate, the pump...
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    I think the spray pattern changes....I'll look...

    I think the spray pattern changes....I'll look when I get home, but the current nozzle has a B next to it and the alternate nozzles both have a W. I don't know what it means though.
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    change nozzle size

    I have a Carrier Oil fired Forced Air furnace about 6 years old. It currently has a 0.75gpm nozzle and according to the nameplate, 84K BTU/hr.

    Because the 84K BTU is oversized for my 950 square...
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    Thanks! Great info there. I didn't realize it...

    Thanks! Great info there. I didn't realize it was THAT much cheaper to run a heat pump. I guess the real question is just how many days are below the balance point of the house. I'll have to try...
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    I agree that oil prices are headed up and one of...

    I agree that oil prices are headed up and one of the reasons I am thinking of changing. But another is that my current AC is too large, so I could get a proper sized Heat pump that would make for...
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    I wouldn't want to change unless I would...

    I wouldn't want to change unless I would definitely see utility bill savings over the winter. My electric rates are pretty high, ranges between 15 and 19 cents per kwhour. Fuel oil right now is...
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    Heat Pump in New York?

    I am thinking of going with the Hybrid Heat-Pump/Oil furnace route this winter. I live in New York State, lower portion of state.

    I have never even been in a house that I know of with a heat...
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    smaller condenser than coil

    Can a Two ton AC condenser be added to a system that has a 3-ton coil? Are there adverse effects of doing this?
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    natural gas cost versus fuel oil

    Anyone know of a website or a formula so that I can enter in my current fuel oil usage and price and figure out what the natural gas cost for the same house would be?

    I would like to be able to...
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    Slow down the fan speed?

    I have been asking many questions lately and have an additional one:

    My 3 ton AC is oversized for my 1100 square foot home (might even be 1000 ft based on my measurements). The ductwork is also...
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    Just curious, in homes where humidity is NOT a...

    Just curious, in homes where humidity is NOT a problem, how is it that they can open windows on nights like last night where it got down to 61 degrees and not let all that humidity in? The RH this...
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    I ended up running a cheap portable dehumidifier...

    I ended up running a cheap portable dehumidifier that I had. It kept the humidity in the main portion of the house at about 50%. It was a very comfortable sleeping night even though the...
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    Temporary Advice

    So I am in the process of lining up some HVAC contractors to assess my humidity situation along with my oversized furnace and AC.

    in the meantime, what should i do on nights like tonight. It is...
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    Thanks, I went to Aprilair's website and looked...

    Thanks, I went to Aprilair's website and looked up some local contractors. There was a company called Encon out of Connecticut that looked pretty good, at least they had a good website design and...
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    well I opened up the basement vent and this...

    well I opened up the basement vent and this afternoon since doing it, I have been getting 40 minute run times with 5 minute off times. I have stat set to 73 degrees and it is 79 degrees outside.
    ...
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    Also, What is cheaper, getting a smaller AC or...

    Also,

    What is cheaper, getting a smaller AC or adding in the whole house dehumidifier?
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    I have an idea, maybe :) How about this. I...

    I have an idea, maybe :)

    How about this. I have a pretty large vent in my basement attached to the main trunk line of the AC/Heating Ducts. The vent faces down and I use it in winter for a...
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