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    Thanks to Gary, Hyper, Timebuider, gravity,...

    Thanks to Gary, Hyper, Timebuider, gravity, Hvacker, and town for the great on point input. This site is a great resource. I started a a duct helper in '82, but have yet to learn all. Never heard...
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    Everything everyone is saying is confirming my...

    Everything everyone is saying is confirming my own diagnosis. As far as solutions go, I have my doubts. Pulling the coil 4 times a year is going to be pricy even with a discount. I may try spraying...
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    I thought of that, too. I cleaned the coil 4...

    I thought of that, too. I cleaned the coil 4 months ago and it had a clear snotty coating on it. Could it be coated again so soon?
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    Water blowing off evap coil

    I have a beauty salon with a 5 ton vertical a/h negative pressure cabinet I think is sucking water off the evap coil, slinging it around and running down the inside of the cabinet and missing the...
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    I was told by Trane parts in Orlando, where I p/u...

    I was told by Trane parts in Orlando, where I p/u the a/h originally, that Tran e parts has no connection with Trane equipment even though they are in the same warehouse. I was also told by Trane...
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    Trane support

    Even though I'm a contractor, I was and still am a tech first. I want to know what opinions there are about Trane warranty support and the new TAM air handlers, as I am still waiting (3weeks) for a...
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    O.k. I pulled the trigger. I've only had them a...

    O.k. I pulled the trigger. I've only had them a few days, but I'm optimistic, the feel great! I found these boots on ebay for $54 plus ship. I just checked, they are going for less than that today...
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    Lots of good advice. I run residential service....

    Lots of good advice. I run residential service. The pull on redwings make sense, as you can take them off and walk on white carpet (??) in sock feet. I just don't like working barefoot. Think...
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    What are your favorite boot/shoes?

    I'm tired of blowing out molded sole boots, and tracking dirt with heavy cleats. Smooth soles might be an option, weight an issue, you know what I'm sayin' . Tried the surgeon booties, no thanks. ...
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    Thanks darth, good sense. I checked the...

    Thanks darth, good sense. I checked the connections, and someone had indeed flipped the rocker switch to off. I thought my ordeal was over, but it didnt make ane difference. Ill see if i can check...
  11. Thread: Heat n Glo?

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    As an adendum to my earlier post, I would also...

    As an adendum to my earlier post, I would also recommend a vented fireplace. I just don't like the idea of a heat source pulling oxygen from the room, and dumping the combustion gasses back. The new...
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    gas valve locked out

    Installed a heat & glow vented insert with remote t-stat 8 years ago. I have had 2 solinoids fail in that time. I recently replaced it again, but the valve wont open. Standing pilot very hot, I think...
  13. Thread: Heat n Glo?

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    I retrofitted a heat & glo insert fireplace into...

    I retrofitted a heat & glo insert fireplace into an old woodburning fireplace with chimney 8 years ago. I ran the exaust/air intake up the chimney and installed a roofcap. I have had some problems....
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    My bad. The tif zx1 is not an infrared detector,...

    My bad. The tif zx1 is not an infrared detector, its a heated pentode. Here is a video I stumbled on. No IR detectors being tested, but an clear differance between the h10 and zx1, so all heated...
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    I already own the best heated element leak...

    I already own the best heated element leak detector. It doesn't do well at all with 410a. There is a HUGE difference in sensitivity between R-22 and 410-a. I keep saying that. Now possibly, a new...
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    Just saw the youtube video of itsiceman testing...

    Just saw the youtube video of itsiceman testing the IR fieldpiece rubberbanded together with the IR Tif. Clever idea. Is the refrigerant used in the test r-22? The H10 with detect that no problem....
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    Capacitor tester. Not only for testing run caps...

    Capacitor tester. Not only for testing run caps in systems, it's great for checking replacement cap values when the mf rating is faded or gone.
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    Yes I replaced the sensor. I am seeing similar...

    Yes I replaced the sensor. I am seeing similar posts to mine scattered through the forum. Check your H-10 detector, compare r-22 detection to 410-a and you will see.
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    Best leak detector 410-A

    I'm convinced the old heated diode H-10 does not work for 410-A. I need a new 410-A detector that works as dependably as my H-10 does for R-22. I know there a lots of guys out there with my exact...
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    H-10 410-A test results

    O.K, here are the official results of my Mythbusters style testing with a new sensor for my H-10 leak detector. All testing was on the medium leak setting.

    Sniffed 4-10 hoses. No response until...
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    H-10

    O.K. darctangent, I'll get a new sensor also, it's been years since I replaced it. No one has really answered my question about my H-10 lack of sensitivity with 410-A, so I'll get the new sensor and...
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    The H-10 has specs for leakrate detection for...

    The H-10 has specs for leakrate detection for R-12 and 134-A and the detection rate is much better for R-12 than 134-A.

    http://www.synmactech.com/Products/Productpage/H10G.php

    Does it seem to...
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    H-10 410a

    Is your h-10 as sesnsative with 410a as it is with R-22? Thanks
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    yokagawa/GE/Mars H-10 leak detector 410A

    First off, I love this thing, I have found and repaired leaks that gave me rock star status with contractors while other techs were using TIFF and every other quick cheap piece of junk. It looks very...
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    Just wanted to say thanks, it a done deal. It...

    Just wanted to say thanks, it a done deal. It took a while to clean the blower shaft and I used my fan puller to get it started. The set screw on the old bearing was fixed to the inner sleeve, the...
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    10 ton Trane blower bearing

    I do mostly residential service, but I have a customer with a bad bearing in a large belt driven squirrel cage blower on a 10 ton Trane A/H. No grease fittings. The three leg spider that holds the...
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    But why bother? Existing R-22 sytems where...

    But why bother?

    Existing R-22 sytems where the A/H needs to be replaced but the cond. is good. R-22 cond.are available now, but may not be later.
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    A/H conversion to 410A

    Can a A/H designed for R22 be field converted to 410A? Seems reasonable with a different txv.
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    Thanks

    Awesome pictures! I see some of the old remodelling, it looks great! Beautiful house and property. The core of the house indeed looks very old.Thanks for the visual. Wait till I show my wife.
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    Anaho

    You installed hvac in a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse?!?

    Pictures, please!
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    I briefly looked into this. It seem the method...

    I briefly looked into this. It seem the method for controlling the internet in China is the same as all manner of Fascist (not Communist) control. Basically secret police.
    The responsability for...
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    Internet

    What about the internet? How do you close the door on that? This could be a huge problem for any and all oppressive governments.
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    Wow

    I for one have never heard of abiotic oil until now. Thanks! Even without this knowledge, it's pretty clear oil companies are claiming record profits, and oil is dirty when burned. The abiotic thing...
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    Follow the money

    I'm sure all manufactures and distributors charge all their market will allow allready. Trane charges more because they can.
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    Equipment manufacturing

    I used to think that all equipment was the same to a large degree, and it is. The same motors and compressors can be found in all equipment. I had a 5 ton janitrol squirrel cage blower come apart on...
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    quandary

    Ask the smaller contractor to bid the same Trane system.
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    The quandary

    This is a reacurring theme in my household. How long will we stay? I finally got tired of trying to see a future that is allmost impossible to predict. Unless you have firm plans to move, I would...
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    Urban myth

    I don't know about the auto industry, but hvac contractors I have done work for have solid steel cajones when it comes to warranty work they are responsible for. This would be a good experiment for...
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    Bahamas

    Ditto for the Caymens. My thought was to open something in Cuba after Castro croaks
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    Heat & Glow

    Wish I had found this forum last year, I installed a Heat n Glow FB-IN in a 90 year old wood burning fireplace. I had to do about a months worth of research before we decided on this unit, but it...
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    Janitrol

    My personal experience with a 5 ton Janitrol H/P in a relatives house is that the fan sequencer (a heat relay!) had to be replaced, the blower fan came apart, and the condensor rattles like crazy. I...
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    Accumulator

    A couple of good points here. The accumulator is in place to protect the compressor from liquid refrigerant during the H/P heat cycle. Thats why S/C systems don't have one. It also comes in handy...
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    Amazed

    How can you wire a hardstart wrong? You would really have to be trying hard to screw up. But then we all know how helpers lie.
    Coastal a/c is where it's at. A few years and it's time for a new...
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    Event

    Good point. gazpan. Compressor terminals can blow out and make a hell of a noise. Sounds like a jet taking off. That would also shred the compressor insulation.Maybe there is more than one thing...
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    Location, location

    Until a few years ago, attic installs were against local code in my area. The more difficult the access is, the poorer the service will generally be. Not to mention water leaks. Call me crazy, but I...
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    Event

    Looks like the accumulator ruptured due to rust, and spun around. There would likely be liquid refrigerant present. The noise could be the sound of the accumulator whacking against the cabinet as it...
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    The Right Thing

    I'm interested in all the controversy surrounding the high efficiency issue. It seem experienced techs want one thing and contractors want another. Lets not forget to try and work in what is the...
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    Did it cool?

    I wonder what kind of cooling split this sideways coil achieved? Although I would never do something like this, it's interesting that it might have actually worked.
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