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    Reviews of different boilers

    folks...thanks in advance for any input. Need to replace a 50 yr old furnace for a hot water baseboard system. Have gotten quotes that recommend different boilers...any feedback on the quality of...
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    2old...thanks for the feedback. I know that the...

    2old...thanks for the feedback. I know that the heat pump won't work when it gets cold, but was thinking that it would at least limit how often the backup heat came on. woulldn't that provide some...
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    Heat Pump v. Propane Furnace

    Folks

    I have a house in Vermont that currently is costing me a fortune to heat. It uses propane as the fuel source for the furnace. Hot water baseboard. When I purchased the house, propane was...
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    guys, thanks for the help and no DIY, but the...

    guys, thanks for the help and no DIY, but the problem IS my contractor...I've had issues with this system since it was installed by him last summer....I 'm trying to understand what I have going on...
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    But doesn't fan speed only tell me if the fan has...

    But doesn't fan speed only tell me if the fan has changed speeds....how do I know that the compressor has also moved on to second stage?
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    How to tell if 2 stage AC is working

    Gents

    I have a trane xl16i that is zoned (even though trane doesn't recommend it) and I don't think it is going into second stage...

    Is there any way to tell if the compressor is actually in...
  7. You're a lucky man...my wife won't let me set the...

    You're a lucky man...my wife won't let me set the temp below 73....ever.
  8. Is it possible to get the install instructions...

    Is it possible to get the install instructions before they get here? Also--do I still need the bypass damper with 19i or will the 19i control fan speed?
  9. xl16i--zoning issues--possible resolution--pick one

    Folks...to all of you that have educated me about the issues in zoning a Trane xl16i A/C.thanks.

    The major issue has been that the system does not adjust fan speed depending on which zone(s)...
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    that's probably true....but I was told by the...

    that's probably true....but I was told by the trane distributor this guy was good...I'm pissed at Trane because I tried contacting them BEFORE I bought the system to ask them this question and they...
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    good luck getting through to trane....they won't...

    good luck getting through to trane....they won't talk to consumers. Based on my troubles, I would not zone the 16i and based on the responses from trane, I would buy carrier
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    Adrian...I appreciate your help..I'm not trying...

    Adrian...I appreciate your help..I'm not trying to be difficult, just trying to figure out how to solve my problem...the system is brand new...I can't justify paying another tech to fix this...and...
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    Beach--how are you controlling fan speed and...

    Beach--how are you controlling fan speed and staging? with a zone panel? RU using a bypass damper or pressure sensor or are you using a 2 stage Tstat? The Trane rep said the new spec would control...
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    Can you elaborate? I have an ewc zone...

    Can you elaborate? I have an ewc zone board---but I've been told here that the trane xl16i does not take external inputs
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    They said that when I bought the system in Feb it...

    They said that when I bought the system in Feb it was not recommended/speced to zone the 16i. He said they now have a spec for doing it...not sure if that means they now have a zoning board...he did...
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    Trane xl 16i zoning update

    Folks

    Thanks to all that helped educate me (beenthere..special thanks) about the issues regarding my zoned trane xl 16i...

    I was finally able to get a response from trane...after I called the...
  17. JR--interesting info...and it backs up what I...

    JR--interesting info...and it backs up what I suspect....if entire house needs a 4 ton system, is there any reason why I couldn't get my 1 zone to drop more than 20 degrees if the system is working...
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    Robert---don't zone the xl16i...I'm not a pro but...

    Robert---don't zone the xl16i...I'm not a pro but a homeowner but I speak from experience..I zoned the xl16i and it SUCKS....

    I had one contractor tell me that I should not (he was the cheapest by...
  19. Thread: Heat Load ?

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    Heat Load ?

    Just another in my line of infinitely annoying question....tthanks in advance

    If I have a 4 ton 2 zone system (first floor is about 1100sq ft, upstairs is about 850 sq ft... since the A/C is...
  20. Thread: multi zoning

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    Appreciate all your help...funny thing is, one of...

    Appreciate all your help...funny thing is, one of the people I got quotes from said they didn't like to zone the 16i, but a friend that used this installer said he was just ok, and he had to double...
  21. Thread: multi zoning

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    beenthere...you seemed to focus on the fact the...

    beenthere...you seemed to focus on the fact the system was probably wired incorrectly which may also be an issue..

    so your belief is that the 16i is the problem, not the air handler?
  22. Thread: multi zoning

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    Beenthere...I stand corrected for using the wrong...

    Beenthere...I stand corrected for using the wrong terminology...just wanted to give another homeowner a heads up as to how the industry terminology can be misleading--and give him a heads up so he's...
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    Thanks much...do you know of any way to tell if...

    Thanks much...do you know of any way to tell if the system is in stage 1 or stage 2..I'm fairly handy so telling me i need to open something to check is not a big deal
  24. Thread: multi zoning

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    As a homeowner that has a problematic zone system...

    As a homeowner that has a problematic zone system installed, I would suggest you go with someone that is 100% confident in their ability to install a zoned system

    Secondly--be careful when you see...
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    2 stage sys operation ?

    Folks--you've given me a great education over the past few weeks--thanks..just wanted to focus a few questions.

    For a 2 stage system: Trane xl16i, 4 ton

    What should control the amount of time...
  26. I'm jealous...my brand new 4 ton trane can barely...

    I'm jealous...my brand new 4 ton trane can barely keep by 2000 sq ft house at 75 on a hot day
  27. Beenthere...if there is something else from...

    Beenthere...if there is something else from Trane, please let me know

    You have been incredibly helpful and are a sure expert in this area. However, it appears that to me that a bypass damper is a...
  28. njbillt..I'm regular member not a pro, but have...

    njbillt..I'm regular member not a pro, but have just installed a zone system...that is not really running that well.

    In hindsight, I would rather have 2 units, but didn't want to spend the extra...
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    thanks for all your time guys. appreciate the...

    thanks for all your time guys. appreciate the info. with the cost of energy, it just seems like a waste to dump conditioned air to the return. but, i guess the good part is that the supply air...
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    sorry to be so dense, but then what is the...

    sorry to be so dense, but then what is the purpose of the bypass damper?

    what system would do what I want...I so pissed off I'm ready to dump the entire system and sell it on ebay..
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    Bypass Damper with V/S AH...why?

    I've been posting on sev diff threads, but wanted to isolate a question.

    In a zoned sytem, if I have a V/S Air Handler, why do you need a bypass. It seems like an absolute waste of energy to dump...
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    Bill--so your zone panel control the air speed...

    Bill--so your zone panel control the air speed based on the number of zones calling for air? Please tell me more..

    the zone panel i have is ewc...
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    Beenthere...thanks for all your sage counsel...

    Beenthere...thanks for all your sage counsel during this process.

    I've decided to buy an extech datalogging anemometer (about $300), so I can really figure out what is happening with the fan...
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    the name Variable speed is incredibly...

    the name Variable speed is incredibly misleading...in my mind, when i bought a varialbe speed a/h i assumed it would vary the fan speed as needed..being able to change the max fan speed with jumper...
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    Dallen

    can you please elaborate on the discharge sensor? How does a temp discharge sensor reduce blower speed? I've had zoning problem for 3 months and getting desperate..controlling fan speed seems to be...
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    i've had a similar problem going on for about 3...

    i've had a similar problem going on for about 3 months with a new install...if you get it figured out, let me know....seems like rather than slowing the fan down, the industry solution seems to be to...
  37. Suggestion for the moderator/pro members here

    Folks

    I've found this site and it's members incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Wish I found it before I started my install.

    Any chance of getting a directory of the pros by region...
  38. Thread: Manual J ?

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    there is a by-pass (or so I'm told)...the A/h &...

    there is a by-pass (or so I'm told)...the A/h & unit are Trane, xl16i....the quote doesn't specify the zone panel, but I can check when I get home tnt.
  39. Thread: Manual J ?

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    Beenthere....when are you opening an office in...

    Beenthere....when are you opening an office in Northern NJ?
  40. Thread: Manual J ?

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    right now, the first stage isn't working, so it...

    right now, the first stage isn't working, so it goes right to second stage...when both zones are calling for air, we can sleep at night..if only the upper is calling, jet engine..

    when they...
  41. Thread: Manual J ?

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    thanks so much for you help over the past few...

    thanks so much for you help over the past few weeks guys...

    my wife told me yesterday that we did get some form from the installer for our rebate....low and behold a manual J calc...according the...
  42. Thread: Manual J ?

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    Manual J ?

    folks--tech is finally making back to my house today..

    quick ?..when doing a man J calc, should you take into account halways & closets & baths? we have center hall colonial with very wide...
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    Good test equip for homeowner

    Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced sensor to measure the airflow and temp coming out of the A/C registers.
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    it is a honeywell pro 4000. The system does have...

    it is a honeywell pro 4000. The system does have a zone panel...does that mean we don't need the 2 stage tstat? Or, will the 2 stage tstat provide better control even with the zone panel?
    ...
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    I though they were spelled out..but i'll make it...

    I though they were spelled out..but i'll make it easier:cool:

    1. do we need a thermostat that has a 2 stage option?

    2. What is the purpose/advantage of a thermostat with a setting for 2 stage...
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    You should be asking my installer that ?....I'm...

    You should be asking my installer that ?....I'm doing all this damn research because my brand new ac is not working properly. thanks for the info. I'm trying to figure out why THEY didn't install...
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    Thermostat ? for 2 stage system

    Posted questions about our A/C system over the past few weeks and another question crossed my mind as I was doing some more research.

    Since we have a 2 stage system trane xl16i, do we need a...
  48. Thread: Air Handler ?

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    [QUOTE=Airmechanical;1920099] let me know when...

    let me know when you move to nj...thanks for the suggestions....also--check out the post titled Ding dongs....they're looking for help in memphis...not sure how far you are..just an fyi
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    Thanks...I remember him telling me there was a...

    Thanks...I remember him telling me there was a mistake in a model number in the quote...i must have used the first quite..I'll go home and check the model numbers on the actual unit tonight....I...
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    [QUOTE=Airmechanical;1919843] explain to your...

    [QUOTE=Airmechanical;1919843]
    explain to your installing company about your jet sound coming out of the grills

    you're funny...you mean you actually call your clients back after they pay you for a...
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