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  1. Of course you are correct. I misspoke. I was...

    Of course you are correct. I misspoke. I was trying to convey the idea that a lot of portable heaters would be needed to replace the electric heat kit, and I did a poor job of that. Sorry to the OP...
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    Alex, Here is a fun spin for you. Is this...

    Alex,

    Here is a fun spin for you. Is this house a "keeper" for most in your area, or is it a "starter" home? When you go to sell this house in 12-14 years will the buyers be a young family looking...
  3. Jessie, Just so you know. Your portable oil...

    Jessie,

    Just so you know. Your portable oil filled units are 115 volt. The electric strips on your air handler are 230 volt. To produce the same amount of btu output from your portable units you...
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    broncoboxer, I feel the equipment you are...

    broncoboxer,

    I feel the equipment you are looking at is up to you as far as brand, eff, etc. The bottom line is the gentleman that comes to the house to service and maintain it. If you have a...
  5. Cathy, Here is an example page of gas inserts...

    Cathy,

    Here is an example page of gas inserts for fireplaces. http://www.heatnglo.com/Browse/Inserts.aspx
    There are many manufacturers, styles, and decorative fronts available. Just google...
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    NFPA 58 calls for 10# 20 mins. The rest is up to...

    NFPA 58 calls for 10# 20 mins. The rest is up to the supplier and local code enforcement.
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    xmt, Call your installing dealer and have them...

    xmt,

    Call your installing dealer and have them enable SSR (Smooth Setback Recovery) on your thermostat. This will let the unit come up to temp by set time. They can also enable the SSR STG2 LOCK...
  8. Thread: test

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    test

    test
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    Installs look nice! I don't like the condensate...

    Installs look nice! I don't like the condensate drain on the last pic though. If the 3/4 PVC plugs at the bottom during AC season you will fill the HX on the furnace full of water.

    Great...
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    ??? I don't get your logic here. That is a bypass...

    ??? I don't get your logic here. That is a bypass humidifier.....
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    Install manuals I've read say .6 oz per ft of 3/8...

    Install manuals I've read say .6 oz per ft of 3/8 LL, or 3 oz per 5 foot. In this case you would be undercharged. Adds up to no SC and high SH on fixed metering device. Low airflow is the low...
  12. Thread: cold weather

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    We subscribe to the same theory here. Check it...

    We subscribe to the same theory here. Check it correctly and it will operate correctly.
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    With a TXV system you aren't filling the evap,...

    With a TXV system you aren't filling the evap, the TXV is. I've found very few TXV evap coils in residential applications that didn't try darn hard to maintain about 18* SH.

    With the info you...
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    With my SH chart, 65 ODA and 69 IDWB should be...

    With my SH chart, 65 ODA and 69 IDWB should be closer to 31.5 deg SH. Without knowing your DT and exit wetbulb I would say you are either overcharged or short on air flow. Check the exit wetbulb and...
  15. Thread: Head Scratcher

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    No. That's why I said friction and dynamic...

    No.

    That's why I said friction and dynamic loss would play into the calculation as well, but TDH is the driving factor.

    Also think about "static" loss...
  16. Thread: Head Scratcher

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    Add the TDH. Temp is the same but pressure...

    Add the TDH. Temp is the same but pressure increases. So SC is higher. Friction loss and dynamic loss will play into it as well, but TDH will increase SC.
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    Either variable would add load to the evap coil....

    Either variable would add load to the evap coil. Increased load will increase superheat which will increase pressure inside evap coil.

    Take Mark's example above. 80 deg @ 30% equals about 26.6 BTU...
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    I agree with mounting on the return side. Plugged...

    I agree with mounting on the return side. Plugged drain lines and poor maintainance by the homeowner tend to cause leaks that could run through the furnace or blower coil and short out boards, blower...
  19. Thread: Coil combs

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    I have the best luck with a butter knife. Set the...

    I have the best luck with a butter knife. Set the helper down on a bucket and give him a couple hours. Most times the customer will opt to comb fins instead of paying $70.00/hour to have it...
  20. Thread: Please explain

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    Had to check his profile, John. He's not that...

    Had to check his profile, John. He's not that old. Just spends to much time in the compressor room.....:grin2:
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    Get the service wrench, it's cheap. Takes around...

    Get the service wrench, it's cheap. Takes around 20-25 mins to do a tune up on a pulse.
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    Does the unit make a "wooofing" noise? (not a...

    Does the unit make a "wooofing" noise? (not a joke on your barking description :grin2:). If so, are these units set for 2 stage or modulating?
  23. Thread: Lenox Furnace

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    228 is a failure to calibrate code. Both...

    228 is a failure to calibrate code. Both responses above are great, and add to that venting and termination per the manual.
  24. Molecular Degregation? Same thing happens to wet...

    Molecular Degregation? Same thing happens to wet sleeves on a diesel engine.
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    Had a call from a new resteraunt owner in town....

    Had a call from a new resteraunt owner in town. Freezer won't keep up. Found that "freezer" was a medium temp unit. Helped move all the product one door over. All has been good ever since.
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    Most people miss this point, John. Reading...

    Most people miss this point, John. Reading through this thread I was wondering if anyone would bring it up.
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    A few of our installers use impact drills and...

    A few of our installers use impact drills and seem to like them. I on the other hand can't stand to be in the same room with them as they install zip-ins or bit-tips. The hammering sound would wake...
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    Well, it worked. I bought an ST4. If it holds...

    Well, it worked. I bought an ST4. If it holds calibration after a few falls from the roof you have converted me. It feels pretty solid but my helper is an ape with the cordination of a...
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    I know we all have individual favorite brands,...

    I know we all have individual favorite brands, mine happen to be Fluke, Klien, and Yellow Jacket, but this guy seems to bend over backwards for the industry and those of us in the field. I can't...
  30. Good luck here with the Appion tool. Pulls and...

    Good luck here with the Appion tool. Pulls and holds good vacume. The seal on the "removable nut" on the back blew out once on a high head situation but the local Case/IH dealer had one that worked...
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    From what you posted here, there is no concern of...

    From what you posted here, there is no concern of an electrician saying it is up to code and all is well. Tell the manager that a quick call to an electrician will cost him less than a few calls to...
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    :bump::bump::bump::bump::bump: Good thread for...

    :bump::bump::bump::bump::bump:

    Good thread for us new guys! :grin2:
  33. I think I follow what Delta T is saying. The...

    I think I follow what Delta T is saying.

    The closer the temp difference between the gas and the air flow over the coil means less transfer of heat from coil to air. So the temperature "ratio" of...
  34. Thread: Ice in TXVs

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    EPA. July 1, 1994. Montreal Protocol. 196 Nations...

    EPA. July 1, 1994. Montreal Protocol. 196 Nations have signed, ODP, GWP.....doesn't ring a bell? You got it nice down there on the warm islands! :grin2:

    Up here we have to recover refrigerant....
  35. Thread: TXV Cloging

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    I agree with the nitrogen theory. We had a rash...

    I agree with the nitrogen theory. We had a rash of systems over the last year, and I'm sure some more in the future, that were all installed by the same guy. Nasty black crud in the LL screen. I cut...
  36. Thread: TXV problems

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    Isn't swapping out every suspect TXV before you...

    Isn't swapping out every suspect TXV before you try to adjust it called parts changing?
  37. Nice job on lineset. Looks good! Don't like the...

    Nice job on lineset. Looks good! Don't like the electricians upsidedown wire nut though.
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    Every good employee does just that. They keep the...

    Every good employee does just that. They keep the company busy by never letting the work slow down (keeps boss his 40 hours) and makes him money by doing better work and keeping every hour billable...
  39. Thread: Short Cycle

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    Ewww....that's funny!

    Ewww....that's funny!
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    Did I mention that he pays 100% full family...

    Did I mention that he pays 100% full family health ins. too?......:grin2:.....If any of you skilled guys could handle living here in the middle of nowhere, drop a line as we are looking for one more...
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    Poor vapor barrier.

    Poor vapor barrier.
  42. Thread: Short Cycle

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    That's called recycling. Keeps the filter...

    That's called recycling.

    Keeps the filter cleaner if you don't disturb stagnant air in the house.
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    I hate to agree, but I do. Local gas co. will red...

    I hate to agree, but I do. Local gas co. will red tag a unit, then they put in the lowest dirt cheap Goodman bid they can just to get the owner to start using gas again.

    I love to be in the back...
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    We know what he uses to figure individual labor...

    We know what he uses to figure individual labor cost. Even has a formula in the handbook that breaks it down. No idea on the tax deal. Never been mentioned by the boss or payroll clerk. How does...
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    No parts profit split. Only on labor. Say a bid...

    No parts profit split. Only on labor. Say a bid is for $3000 labor and a tech does the work for a total of $2100 in labor. You will get half of the $900 lumped with the rest of your hourly pay at the...
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    For fun I will add that we have to be the only...

    For fun I will add that we have to be the only company I know of that encourages the employee to carry a varmint rifle in the service truck durring the winter months for coyote hunting and one in the...
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    No. Small family comany with only 6 guys. Been...

    No. Small family comany with only 6 guys. Been around here since early 80's. Just darn great guy to work for. I feel blessed to make a great living (high pay versus expense).
  48. Thread: XYZ.com???

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    I agree. We did one this year for a guy. He...

    I agree. We did one this year for a guy. He bought the equipment from a friend in a Southern state. Our climate is way different. The AC is 2 tons too big and the furnace is 30,000 btu too small. Put...
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    We work on hourly wage here. Non-union $9.00 to...

    We work on hourly wage here. Non-union $9.00 to $25.00 per hour depends on skill set. Most hours are year round 42-48 per week. Plus we get a 50/50 split on labor profit. Makes for a very profitable...
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    Same here. We have one helper that slipped under...

    Same here. We have one helper that slipped under the radar with his driving record. Now the company wastes our time hauling him around from site to site with us. That kid will never see a raise from...
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