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    I guess that I fail to understand the basis for...

    I guess that I fail to understand the basis for believing that I was "harboring issues". It seems to me that all that I did was explain that the tankless unit was not cost justified.

    There are a...
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    Again, you should be more open minded. My...

    Again, you should be more open minded.

    My warranty is through TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) who provided the incentives for me to build an all-electric home. I did read all of the incentives...
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    Whirlpool sells a lifetime warranty tank, labor...

    Whirlpool sells a lifetime warranty tank, labor included.
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    As a rule, it an item has a payback period > 10...

    As a rule, it an item has a payback period > 10 years, you are likely to see improved technology in that period that would yield your purchase obsolte.

    By the way, my traditional water heater is a...
  5. I have my MBA and still find the tax code...

    I have my MBA and still find the tax code challenging. Your HVAC contractor should not be giving you specific advice on tax deductions. If you read the code, the IRS is not going to give you a tax...
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    I checked on the tankless water heaters in my new...

    I checked on the tankless water heaters in my new home build. Unless space is an issue, I don't see a reason to install one. They are definitely NOT ever going to give you a payback.

    If you look...
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    I agree that when you pull the entire charge, use...

    I agree that when you pull the entire charge, use virgin refrigerant.
  8. When I lived in Ohio in the late 80's and 90's, I...

    When I lived in Ohio in the late 80's and 90's, I had a Lennox heat pump. I had the contractor eliminate the outdoor cutoff. When the outdoor temperature hit the single digits, the unit ran...
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    I cannot believe some of the hostility that is...

    I cannot believe some of the hostility that is demonstrated on this board. This guy wants to know how to manually defrost the unit and gets remarks like "it sounds like you are an expert, why are...
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    I use a high-efficiency 80-gal electric water...

    I use a high-efficiency 80-gal electric water heater and you never have to worry about this stuff.

    By the time that you "do it right", you could have had the electric one.
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    I would not recommend running the fan all the...

    I would not recommend running the fan all the time. I have a large home with two units and we run a ceiling fan on low speed to keep air moving due to the high ceilings.

    In the summer, if you run...
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    My observation of people is that they will not...

    My observation of people is that they will not make an investment unless they see an instant payback.

    I've been talking about the very same thing for years but when you talk to most people, they...
  13. Your duct temperature will acheive the...

    Your duct temperature will acheive the surrounding temperature in a short period of time, say 20-30 minutes when no air is flowing. Insulation only slows down the heat transfer, it doesn't stop it....
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    Running ducts for the upper level in conditioned...

    Running ducts for the upper level in conditioned space will be very costly and cause you to lose square footage in your home, unless you make the home bigger to compensate. When you factor the costs...
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    Much of the decision is about where you live. In...

    Much of the decision is about where you live. In Indianapolis, I'd be more concerned with heating efficiency. I lived in Ohio for 35 years before moving south. In Ohio, it was all about heating...
  16. I will assume that you mean "used" and not...

    I will assume that you mean "used" and not "sued".

    Foam, unless 6 inches thick or more, does not insulate as well as the fiberglass batt. I've been though this on my recent new home in Tennessee....
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    That last post was mean spirited and had no place...

    That last post was mean spirited and had no place on this post. The moderator should be banned from the site.

    If you are that miserable, please post somewhere else.
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    Well, I do drive a Mercedes for reasons other...

    Well, I do drive a Mercedes for reasons other than cost but for the home, the base model does just fine. In fact, the TVA people were impressed with the system to the point that I had to explain to...
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    I just went through the same thing on my new home...

    I just went through the same thing on my new home build. My home is in Chattanooga and I built the home to TVA standards. Used a Carrier heat pump system for the upstairs and first level. It has...
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    Again, you hear the extremes. Fear-based...

    Again, you hear the extremes. Fear-based marketing.

    I suppose that you could have mold, termites, etc too. Why not tear the house apart and inspect each piece?

    If you keep equipment...
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    I've been a homeowner for 22 years and I have...

    I've been a homeowner for 22 years and I have NEVER paid for a "service and check". I have only ever had two service calls in those 22 years.

    My recommendation is to change the filters more...
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    I really didn't ask your opinion as to whether...

    I really didn't ask your opinion as to whether the homeowner should make the adjustments, I asked about the varying fan speeds.

    Depsite all of the hocus pocus, residential HVAC is not so complex...
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    The measured airflow was 356 CFM and their...

    The measured airflow was 356 CFM and their minimum was 400 CFM, per ton.

    TVA wanted the airflow to 400 CFM. For a 4-ton unit, that was 1600 CFM. There is a split air return (two return air...
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    Fan Speed for Air Handler - Heat Pump

    I built my new home in Tennessee to TVA's standard and qualify for their incentives by doing so. It was worth doing what I did.

    Anyway, they made their final inspection and wanted me to bump the...
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    It would appear that the most sensitive part of...

    It would appear that the most sensitive part of this entire thread is that consumers now know, for a fact, that you can buy the equipment for a certain amount and are now able to compute the profit...
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    The way to do this is to take bids from at least...

    The way to do this is to take bids from at least 5 contractors, all installing the same equipment with the same features. No deviations.

    Then, evaluate the pricing and ask them if they will agree...
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    I built a new home in Chattanooga TN and ran the...

    I built a new home in Chattanooga TN and ran the numbers for the Infinity versus the base 13 SEER unit. The cost difference for two units was $. Even after factoring the tax credit, the payback was...
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    Did Goodman equipment have a 10-year warranty for...

    Did Goodman equipment have a 10-year warranty for parts in 1999 when this house was built?
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    New Unit vs. Repair to Old Equipment

    I need some advice from the professionals.

    My home in Birmingham AL was built in 1999 and has a Goodman AC/gas furnace on the first level, Goodman AC/electric forced air on the second level. The...
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    I appreciate the input. I used TVA's energy...

    I appreciate the input. I used TVA's energy calculator and found that a heat pump vs gas are coming out even as far as operating costs. With natural gas going up, up and up, I don't see the reason...
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    Dual Fuel vs Heat Pump

    My contractor is suggesting that I not use a dual fuel system (high efficiency heat pump w/natural gas backup) due to the higher investment in the dual fuel versus the heat pump w/backup strips.
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    I am considering the Lennox heat pump. Any...

    I am considering the Lennox heat pump. Any information would be helpful.
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    Building New Home - Advice Needed

    I am building a new home in the Chattanooga TN area. 2700 sq ft, 1700 down, 1000 up. Has vaulted ceilings and open foyer. Full unfinished basement, all brick exterior.

    I'd like to go with a...
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