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    Hey Guys,

    I want to thank everyone who shared their advice, opinions, and comments, and helped me make what I believe was a very good choice. I got a Carrier 3 1/2-ton, 12 SEER, Puron heat pump...
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    Got it. Thanks again. ~rick
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    One reason I ask is that a contractor just told me that the load calc is hard to do without a floor plan. True or false, in your opinion?
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    All points well noted; thanks. Since you...

    All points well noted; thanks. Since you bothered explaining that much, maybe you can tell me how a load test is done, insofar as exactly what information you have to collect about a particular home...
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    Thanks; couldn't agree more. ~rick

    Thanks; couldn't agree more. ~rick
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    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll call them. ~rick

    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll call them. ~rick
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    That's great. If a contractor wants to do a load...

    That's great. If a contractor wants to do a load calc at his expense, I don't care if he shares the results with me or not. Obviously, I'm not going to buy a system without a quote, so if you do a...
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    Travis, Your perception and attention to...

    Travis,

    Your perception and attention to detail are first rate. You're the kind of guy I'd like to have install my system. And you're quite right. I want the load calc only to verify what I...
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    Bob, The company was ARS, owned by...

    Bob,
    The company was ARS, owned by ServiceMaster, a big conglomerate. The guy told me that he sold only Carrier, though he didn't specifically say that he was a Factory Authorized Dealer. I...
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    Thanks for your recs, Matt. I'm leaning toward a...

    Thanks for your recs, Matt. I'm leaning toward a Bryant--good quality without having to pay for the "Cadillac" name, and I'm not sure I need the "extras" variable speed, humidstat, etc. I also...
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    Thanks for your comments, Bill! I actually tried...

    Thanks for your comments, Bill! I actually tried to research my December post to see if your replies back then would answer my present questions, but I wasn't able to find it. I'm amazed that you...
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    I'll do that. Thanks a lot! ~rick

    I'll do that. Thanks a lot! ~rick
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    Thanks for your good points. The existing system...

    Thanks for your good points. The existing system may have been sufficient before the sunroom was added, but now the cooling to the addition is minimal. In the summer, the electic use is 4 to 5...
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    Indeed I did. Thanks for remembering me. Okay,...

    Indeed I did. Thanks for remembering me. Okay, you guys have all convinced me...I have to get a load calc before getting a new system. Since the existing 2 1/2 ton system was put in by the developer...
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    Bob, I understand what you're saying and...

    Bob,
    I understand what you're saying and appreciate the fact that you're kindly spending time and effort offering free advice to help the ignorant. But I doubt that many consumers will ever be...
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    I get your point. But one thing you pros haven't...

    I get your point. But one thing you pros haven't mentioned is who's going to pay for these calculations.... Manual J, D, and anything else that might be recommended? If you guys are willing to do...
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    Thanks for the clarification. So then I'll...

    Thanks for the clarification. So then I'll assume that in a home where doors aside from the bathroom are hardly ever closed, the need for multiple returns and door undercutting is greatly...
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    I'm sure that a return in every room is good...

    I'm sure that a return in every room is good advice for maximum system efficiency, and to be within state guidelines. But can you imagine if everyone who installed a new air conditioner in an older...
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    I see your point; thanks! ~rick

    I see your point; thanks! ~rick
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    You bring up additional interesting points,...

    You bring up additional interesting points, including the recommendation for a variable speed air handler, which none of the contractors who came by so far seemed to think I needed. You're right...
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    One of the contractors phoned just as this...

    One of the contractors phoned just as this message came in and I read part of it to him. He said that these calculations (Manual J & D) are complex, costly, and sometimes wind up not proving much....
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    I am replacing an 18 year old Trane heat pump in...

    I am replacing an 18 year old Trane heat pump in a house of the same age. I live in very humid Tampa, Florida, where heat is needed at most 10-12 days per year, while the a/c runs day and night for...
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