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  1. This has been very useful. If for no other reason...

    This has been very useful. If for no other reason than this...
    Of the 4-5 pros I've had look at the house, only one offered the Bryant Extreme, and at a fairly reasonable price.

    But the idea of...
  2. Hmmm... Sounds a bit hopeless. But, at the...

    Hmmm...

    Sounds a bit hopeless.

    But, at the same time, I'm thinking that I can't be the first homeowner in Fla to have this problem.

    Also, I'm not sure what a small chiller is?

    Installing...
  3. How to deal with doors opening and closing -- letting in hot air?

    So, I'm in the process of re-thinking my A/C. I may simply be replacing a unit (one of three), or just re-designing the whole darn thing.

    Hence, I'm asking all sorts of questions.

    I'm a...
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    Well, for the "high" setting, I figure the CFMs...

    Well, for the "high" setting, I figure the CFMs at about 200. Like you say, the "high" setting only runs for 20-30min. So, even if it's too much, so to speak, it should be a problem.

    But the...
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    Where to dump the air??

    So, this is a follow-up to my original post.

    Two questions:

    1)

    I've decided to go with a variable speed continuous ventilation solution for the bathroom.

    High CFMs for when the shower is...
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    How to solve two problems...

    So, I have a home built about 1980. All prior owners appear to have been very conscientious in terms of maintenance. So, without specifying the "R" value, the attic insulation appears to be new,...
  7. Well, folks, as an update, for those who are...

    Well, folks, as an update, for those who are interested...

    I've found a great firm in Venice, Fla, who specialize in...well...exactly the kinds of things discussed in this thread, and on this site...
  8. So, the latest in this saga... It is beginning...

    So, the latest in this saga...

    It is beginning to look to me that as soon as someone becomes a competent HVAC person they...poof...disappear from the phone book...and appear only on this site!
    ...
  9. Well, I'm now on my third estimate. This...

    Well, I'm now on my third estimate. This gentleman actually had an idea of why the compressor blew up, and looked at me funny when I mentioned the previous guy had used the reset button.

    The...
  10. Actually, I had not even considered that...

    Actually, I had not even considered that question! But, I believe it is a heat pump that I need. Here in Fla we run A/C basically all year round, with relatively brief spells (days or weeks, at most)...
  11. How to balance initial cost vs brand vs features vs long-term savings?

    Hello!

    With this posting I'm hoping to perhaps get some insight into how to make the best decision regarding a new a/c unit.

    A few months ago I purchased a home in the Sarasota/Bradenton, FL...
  12. Update So, got home to an A/C trying to start...

    Update

    So, got home to an A/C trying to start up very very weakly.

    Looks like you all are absolutely correct...the compressor has further failed...and is now killing the replacement...
  13. So, a few things.... There is a time delay,...

    So, a few things....

    There is a time delay, and short-cycling is an issue. This is a 1.5 (maybe 1?) ton unit in an upstairs 400-500 sq/ft master bedroom area. There are also moisture issues from...
  14. Thank you for the comments. Much appreciated!

    Thank you for the comments. Much appreciated!
  15. Bad capacitor/hard start. What can I expect to happen...

    This is about:

    Carrier 38TRA018 330
    10 RLA, 41 LRA
    I believe it is 1.5 tons.
    Installed new in early 2005.

    Partners Choice capacitor
    5/30uF, 440V, 50/60Hz
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    sammy37, glad to hear you got a good deal. In...

    sammy37, glad to hear you got a good deal.

    In my case, it's the price that's keeping me away from the FanHandler. All the places on-line that I've looked at charge a pretty steep...
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    So, the pros I'm currently working with are...

    So, the pros I'm currently working with are taking a step-by-step approach.

    In their opinion the house is well-sealed, and there are no appreciable duct leaks.

    Thus far they have stepped the...
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    Fan speeds

    Finally, I've got some top-notch local guys working on things. But I've got a couple of questions...

    My units are 3-speed. These speeds appear to be fixed, and wired in. That is, to change a speed...
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    I know I've raised this issue before, but I've...

    I know I've raised this issue before, but I've been considering it, and can't figure it out. Even with a psychrometric chart.

    Why would the A/C have trouble with humidity even when the outside air...
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    Related to my last post... 1) As I understand...

    Related to my last post...

    1) As I understand it, any adjustment (especially slowing) to fan speed will require a matching adjustment to the freon. This keeps the coil from freezing.

    2) A TXV...
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    So, a couple of things... 1) Without a p-trap...

    So, a couple of things...

    1) Without a p-trap warm, moist air flows back up into the coil? That's one source of warm, moist air. But, it still leaves the emergency drain open (which it has to be,...
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    JBM1000, believe me, that's all I want, a decent...

    JBM1000, believe me, that's all I want, a decent pro. I have no personal desire to do A/C work. I fully realize that there are... But, this is an educational site, that's why I'm here, to find out...
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    A bottom seam in the airhandler came loose with a...

    A bottom seam in the airhandler came loose with a .5"-1" gap. I put some mastic on it. Coils are staying clean...so far.
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    The furnace is horizontal, with the air intake at...

    The furnace is horizontal, with the air intake at one end, coming up from the bottom.

    Between the furnace and the coil there's a ~2'-3' section of straight duct about the same size as the furnace....
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    Wow, I'm going to have to start to understand...

    Wow, I'm going to have to start to understand grains of moisture. That's a totally new idea for me.

    In the meanwhile, let me add this. It may be normal, I don't know.

    My coil is a flat vertical...
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