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    Any updates ???

    Any updates ???
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    Check out HVAC-Calc. It's very easy to use.

    Check out HVAC-Calc. It's very easy to use.
  3. Thread: Going Mobile

    by Greg M
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    I use my ipad2 on the job but it can't come close...

    I use my ipad2 on the job but it can't come close to replacing my computer which also is used on the job daily.

    Sounds like you are looking for a use for the iPad but really need a computer.
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    How's the testing going? I'm interested in...

    How's the testing going?

    I'm interested in getting the HG3 but only if it has decent range and comes with the In-Duct Psychrometer instead of the sock version.

    I tried the Testo wireless and...
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    Got an update on the ETA of the in duct...

    Got an update on the ETA of the in duct psychrometer?
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    To Fieldpiece or not - wireless

    I want to get a wireless setup so that I can monitor indoor temp, WB and supply temp from outside at the unit. Tired of running back and forth.

    I tried the Testo 435 but the range is not good at...
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    I finally got a used full sized Sprinter almost 2...

    I finally got a used full sized Sprinter almost 2 years ago. It's the tall and long version. After loading it up it weights in at about 8200 lbs. Even loaded up like that I get 21 mpg which is...
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    He's a consultant that has never worked in the...

    He's a consultant that has never worked in the field. These pencil pushers come up with some great ideas but no matter how they look on paper they don't always work in the real world. Numbers can't...
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    I've not seen house plans that had an engineer...

    I've not seen house plans that had an engineer specify the specifics on an HVAC system. When I have seen specifications on plans the engineer always puts an out for himself by specifying that the...
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    The state licenses us to be professionals and to...

    The state licenses us to be professionals and to install HVAC systems in a manner in which they will function as intended. We are not allowed to install them as per customer request if we know that...
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    That's when you walk away because when it doesn't...

    That's when you walk away because when it doesn't work and the home owner complains to the state, it's our butts on the line, not the GC's.
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    The projector and the PS3 pump out tons of heat. ...

    The projector and the PS3 pump out tons of heat. I've got a receiver that's designed to put out less heat but the combination of the equipment and the people in a closed room that's about 14'x20'...
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    Kitchens are usually open areas (not closed off...

    Kitchens are usually open areas (not closed off from the rest of the house) so excess heat like on Thanksgiving morning can disperse over a larger area. Plus we expect a kitchen to be warmer when a...
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    I may be really dumb here but how in the world do...

    I may be really dumb here but how in the world do you expect him to run the fan on low, medium or high?
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    Boy he's got a big thumb at 400 sq ft per ton. ...

    Boy he's got a big thumb at 400 sq ft per ton. If it was an old farmhouse with no insulation then that might work but modern construction doesn't require anything near that. That unit is oversized...
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    Someone explained those points to me earlier. I...

    Someone explained those points to me earlier. I can understand the points but I couldn't wait. I had to have something to connect my 1250's to so I got the stalkers. They're very nice manifolds,...
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    Most people that want to do the job right don't...

    Most people that want to do the job right don't even bother with builders because we know that it's all about price. I can't do a proper install around here for what builders pay.

    What I do get...
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    Well I guess it's time for me to stop looking at...

    Well I guess it's time for me to stop looking at the tools forum because I recently purchased 2 1250's with stalkers and I don't want to know about any replacements that might make me want to replace...
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    Well the difference is that here if the t-stat is...

    Well the difference is that here if the t-stat is on 77 the A/C does stay on long enough to draw out a good bit of the humidity. I'm sure I'd be several degrees lower on the t-stat if I lived in PA....
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    You are 100% right. Those that can afford it...

    You are 100% right. Those that can afford it should buy the higher seer if they're concerned about our future. Those of us that can't are still helping by moving from what we had to 13 seer units. ...
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    A 17 seer doesn't cool or remove humidity any...

    A 17 seer doesn't cool or remove humidity any better then a 13 seer does, it just does it using less energy. I don't see why anyone would spend that much more money for something that will only save...
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    This is where I'm sure that some don't like what...

    This is where I'm sure that some don't like what I have to say about this.

    The duct system sized and installed properly is more important then what unit is sitting outside. A builder's grade unit...
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    I'm one who doesn't think that these high...

    I'm one who doesn't think that these high efficiency units pay under most circumstances. I looked up the average electricity costs for the NY area and it looks like it's about .20 per kw. That's...
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    Does at least 5 years mean 5-7 years or does it...

    Does at least 5 years mean 5-7 years or does it mean 5 to possibly the rest of my life?
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    Those things should have been in the contract. ...

    Those things should have been in the contract. They could have charged for them but they should have included them because they were/are needed for the unit to operate properly. Now that's it's...
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    That's a good way to start. Making the return...

    That's a good way to start. Making the return the proper size or adding another return is part of installing the unit according to code. It doesn't matter what was there before, they are...
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    I'd take the info that udarrell provided, because...

    I'd take the info that udarrell provided, because he's right, and use that if needed. It'll be an easy fix. Just add an 18" minimum return in the loft. Pay a little extra for a 20" return with a...
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    The return is only as big as it's smallest part. ...

    The return is only as big as it's smallest part. If that unit has only 1 return and part of that return is only 10" duct then the return is a 10" return. It is the installer's responsibility to...
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    Can't tell without looking at it. Hopefully it's...

    Can't tell without looking at it. Hopefully it's not something expensive but it could be.
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    They should have never installed a 3.5 ton unit...

    They should have never installed a 3.5 ton unit with that small of a return. They should have looked into why the old unit couldn't do the job and fixed the other problems first. The bigger unit...
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    Has she figured out that your washing "may" (as...

    Has she figured out that your washing "may" (as in probably did) have something to do with it?
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    I don't know what the load calculations came out...

    I don't know what the load calculations came out to but if you need a 3.5 ton unit for 1300 sq ft then something is wrong. I just did a load calc on a 3000 sq ft home (1200 in underground basement...
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    If it were me I'd take the CFM of the unit to...

    If it were me I'd take the CFM of the unit to figure how large a return I needed. I would then install another return in the loft to make up for the undersized downstairs return. That will draw...
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    Check your breaker after everything dries out. ...

    Check your breaker after everything dries out. You might have gotten something wet and shorted something.
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    10" is way too small for a return !!!!!!!! If...

    10" is way too small for a return !!!!!!!!
    If you could add a return in the upstairs ceiling and drop it through a closet or something to get it down to the unit it would help. It won't fix the...
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    Is there a return upstairs? Can it be enlarged?

    Is there a return upstairs? Can it be enlarged?
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    Wrapping the unit traps moisture in the unit and...

    Wrapping the unit traps moisture in the unit and promotes corrosion. Just putting something on top still allows airflow through the unit and it will dry out.
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    Don't worry about it. Some leaves and needles in...

    Don't worry about it. Some leaves and needles in the bottom isn't going to do anything. I see people wrap their units in the winter thinking they're protecting them. Little do they know that they...
  39. Thread: Quattro Problem

    by Greg M
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    I've been able to get parts for Quattro although...

    I've been able to get parts for Quattro although sometimes I've had to order them. Just removed a Quattro a few weeks ago. As for the OP question, you get a pro here to answer it.
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    That room requires so much cooling compared to...

    That room requires so much cooling compared to the rest of the house that putting in a separate zone for just that room would cause unnecessary were on your unit because there would be too much...
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    I've got a home theater and it puts out a ton of...

    I've got a home theater and it puts out a ton of heat. There's no way you can cool that second floor theater using the first floor system. The only way to do it right is to put some kind of...
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    I'm not disagreeing with you just stating that...

    I'm not disagreeing with you just stating that many times I never get a call back. Voltage spike or something else can sometimes just make the board lock up like a computer. Sometimes they call me...
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    I believe it was in 1992 that the minimum...

    I believe it was in 1992 that the minimum requirement was raised to 78% so if your furnace is older then 18 years then it's possible that it could be as low as 65%. Didn't you say that your...
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    I've had service calls for a stopped up drain...

    I've had service calls for a stopped up drain which an 80% doesn't have. One call for something simple like that could wipe out half your savings for that year. When something goes wrong with these...
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    Sorry but I don't. My customers stick to the...

    Sorry but I don't. My customers stick to the basic models for a couple of main reasons. One is out of pocket expense and the other is a basic fact that the more complicated that something is the...
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    Don't know but if your furnace is 18 years old...

    Don't know but if your furnace is 18 years old then that puts it at 1992, not 1981 so I don't understand what 1981 has to do with it.
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    Obviously it's your decision. I'm just trying to...

    Obviously it's your decision. I'm just trying to present another point of view to hopefully help you make a better informed decision.
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    R-22 costs less then R-410a and will still be...

    R-22 costs less then R-410a and will still be manufactured for quite a while to come. I think the date is 2020 and your system will be replaced by then. I'd at least look into what might be leaking...
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    In 1992 all gas warm air furnaces were required...

    In 1992 all gas warm air furnaces were required to be at least 78%. I think that 25% is a rather optimistic figure. Try about 17%.
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    50% ??? Where did you get that number? If your...

    50% ???
    Where did you get that number? If your unit is 18 years old then it's at least a 78% furnace.
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