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    I've had an XR13 for a couple of years, and it...

    I've had an XR13 for a couple of years, and it seems to be a fine unit. I'd get an estimate on the XR13/XV95 and see what the diff is. One thing to check though is the warranty coverage. On a...
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    Something is not right with your current system. ...

    Something is not right with your current system. I live just northwest of Atlanta GA, our top floor is 1650 s.f. and we have a 2.5 ton Trane that does a good job of cooling. I lived in a house many...
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    What should I use in a Trane XV95? Per the...

    What should I use in a Trane XV95? Per the salesman, there wasn't enough space (vertically) for a 5" media filter system, so that was out.
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    Trane XT furnaces?

    These are supposed to have a high-efficiency motor, but not variable speed. I figured it might be an ECM motor, but a salesman says it's not. What is the difference between the XT and the other...
  5. The install went well, for me anyway. The guys...

    The install went well, for me anyway. The guys doing the install were at the house for about 7 hours and worked hard. The noise level on the AC & furnace are fine, about the same for the AC vs the...
  6. Thanks for confirming, pretty cool way to handle...

    Thanks for confirming, pretty cool way to handle it, they only had to make one hole on the exterior. The salesman had mentioned they had a way to run the two pipes out together, but I figured it...
  7. Actually one pipe goes out straight and the other...

    Actually one pipe goes out straight and the other pipe comes into it at an angle. This is all preformed stuff, speaking of the Y and the output pipe, nobody patched this together. Looking on the...
  8. Thanks for all the info so far, and another question (exterior flue)

    First, thanks for the info from previous questions about ductwork and air flow. I got assurances that if I didn't like the install, they'd make the ductwork right. I told the guys to come on out...
  9. Determining if ductwork will handle a new system?

    I have 1200 s.f. serviced by seven 4"x10" supply registers with two 10" return ducts. I've posted before about my concern about a Trane XV95 60K furnace that I'm supposed to have installed in...
  10. Not sure the advice to stay away from Hyundai is...

    Not sure the advice to stay away from Hyundai is that good actually. Per the latest JD Powers reliability survey, Hyundai is grouped in the top half of automobile companies, ahead of BMW, Nissan,...
  11. Pros, are your customers happy with heat pumps?

    Actually pros or customers, feel free to comment.

    My wife doesn't like the idea of a heat pump. Her grandmother who lived in the N. Georgia mountains had one and every time my wife would visit...
  12. I've got three returns in the 1200sf space. One...

    I've got three returns in the 1200sf space. One 10" duct goes to a single large return that's probably 30" long x 6" high (that's the grill size). The other two returns are serviced by the other...
  13. Replacing Trane XB80 furnace with XV95, airflow?

    One of the estimates I've gotten recently involves a Trane XV95 replacing a Trane XB80, both 60,000 btu. As far as return ducts, and I have two 10" ducts going into the airbox. Will this be...
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    As far as price, you really need to get multiple...

    As far as price, you really need to get multiple estimates. I had one Trane dealer offer a 95% furnace for the same price another dealer was giving on a 80% furnace (XV95 vs XV80). In addition the...
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    If you're concerned about price (and who isn't?),...

    If you're concerned about price (and who isn't?), you might also check out Amana. I've actually gotten lower estimates on an Amana top of the line system from one dealer than Goodman from another...
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    It's a tax credit, not a tax deduction. If you...

    It's a tax credit, not a tax deduction. If you file your taxes and you would normally get a $1000 refund, you'll get a $2500 refund check instead. If you would normally owe $2000 after filing,...
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    I notice that per the government guidelines: ...

    I notice that per the government guidelines:

    An Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan qualifies if it has no more than 2% of furnace total energy usage.

    So, if I get a split system consisting of:
    ...
  18. Two stage AC, how much do multi stages add to efficiency?

    The 16 - 17 SEER (supposedly) two stage units I've gotten estimates on, like the Trane XL16i and Carrier Infinity 17 have actually come up short in SEER an EER in comparison to what the company...
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    "where are you searching these products at to...

    "where are you searching these products at to make sure they meet the tax credit requirements?"

    Go to the page below and in the CEE Tiers box, select Residential Advanced Tier 3. It's easiest to...
  20. I've also had 5 salesreps come in and give...

    I've also had 5 salesreps come in and give estimates. Two with Trane, two with Carrier and one with Bryant. None of them did a load calc, or offered to. These were all large HVAC companies, been...
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    The thing is, I don't really need a 95% furnace. ...

    The thing is, I don't really need a 95% furnace. My highest gas bill this winter has been $97 (that's for the gas portion, not including service fees, etc). I don't think a 95% is cost effective...
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    Sorry guys, think I mistyped in the original post...

    Sorry guys, think I mistyped in the original post (corrected it). He was pushing an XV95 furnace with the XL16i, said they were selling the XV95 for the same price as an XV80. This way the customer...
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    Trane dealers don't want to sell me a XL15i

    Talking about a split system, not a heat pump.

    I've talked to salesmen from two dealers. These are large, well established dealers, been around forever, good reputation, etc. One told me Trane...
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    3rd party coils for new Trane AC?

    I got a fairly low estimate on an install of a Trane XL16i split system from a reputable Trane dealer, but as far as I've been able to tell it won't qualify for the 30% tax credit with the 4TXCB025BC...
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    Line for outside combustion air?

    Setup, current natural gas furnace for the first floor is in a closet on an outside wall of a finished basement (basement has it's own separate system). Due to the slope of the land outside, any...
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    Thanks for the reply, again. I'm aware that...

    Thanks for the reply, again. I'm aware that there are no stupid questions, only stupid people, but inspite of that I really like to try understand things when I do something like this. Thankfully...
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    Carrier A-coil vs N-coil

    Still talking with salesmen about getting estimates for a new system.

    A second Carrier salesman came out today to give an estimate. In talking about AC effeciency he mentioned one issue was that...
  28. Well, turns out there is a second return on the...

    Well, turns out there is a second return on the main floor, in the living room up in a corner near the ceiling. I'd forgotten about that one since we seldom use the room. The existing system has...
  29. I'm assuming the guy is trying to keep the price...

    I'm assuming the guy is trying to keep the price down on the quote, probably figuring I'll be getting multiple quotes and will only be eyeballing the bottom line. If I'm going to go to all this...
  30. Carrier 95% furnace, and return air question?

    Does this sound acceptable to you guys?

    Due to factory rebates and dealer discounts and the 30% Federal Tax credit, a Carrier Infinity system 2 ton ac (Infinity 17) with the 95% 58MVC060-14...
  31. What is this MO & POE you refer to? The...

    What is this MO & POE you refer to?

    The furnace is located in a closet on an outside wall in the basement, and the outside units aren't too far away, probably 20 feet in a direct line. But it's...
  32. Thanks for the reply. If you don't mind another...

    Thanks for the reply. If you don't mind another question, is this due to residual traces of the old R-22 in the lines, or are there other reasons? I do seem to recall one guy said something about...
  33. Talking to two salesmen today, couple of questions

    I got estimates today for a Carrier system and a Bryant system from local dealers. This is for a split system, 2 ton AC

    Overall, I liked the Carrier salesman much better, he went into a lot more...
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    Thanks for the reply. I've also got appointments...

    Thanks for the reply. I've also got appointments scheduled for Carrier and Bryant (I know they're basically the same, like Trane/Am. Std), and I guess I'll look at Rheem also. I'm hoping a 2 ton ac...
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    Seems like they've got it pretty well worked out...

    Seems like they've got it pretty well worked out to me.

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits
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    American Std system questions

    I have an appointment set up with an American Std dealer to come out and do load calcs and give me an estimate, but wanted to get some input here also. I'd like to put together a system that would...
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    Quoting from the website linked below: ...

    Quoting from the website linked below:

    "..improvements made in 2009 will be claimed on your 2009 taxes (filed by April 15, 2010) use IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) it will be available late...
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    Looks like my complete lack of familiarity with...

    Looks like my complete lack of familiarity with HVAC terms is causing problems. From doing some reading, I think what the service guy was showing me was the internal evaporator coils which were...
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    Repair, replace all, replace AC only

    Moved into our current house about 6 weeks ago. The central AC/heating systems are 9 years old. The upstairs AC unit doesn't work. I had it inspected and serviced and the service guy showed me the...
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    Yeah, going from 2.5 tons to 4 tons is a pretty...

    Yeah, going from 2.5 tons to 4 tons is a pretty big jump.

    I guess I really need to have someone do a load calculation, the guy that gave me the estimate on the Lennox system didn't take much...
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    I live in Atlanta GA. House is 2100 sq. ft. with...

    I live in Atlanta GA. House is 2100 sq. ft. with 11ft ceilings in all rooms except one small room which has a 9ft ceiling. The house is exposed to the sun in the afternoon. Currently have an old...
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    I got an estimate for a Lennox HS26 4 ton AC...

    I got an estimate for a Lennox HS26 4 ton AC unit, just wondered what other units might be equivalent? This is the mid-grade Elite brand from Lennox, and it listed as 13+ seer. I believe the...
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    I have an old 2100 sf house with 11 foot ceilings...

    I have an old 2100 sf house with 11 foot ceilings in Atlanta GA. The current system that was there when I moved in, a Rheem 2.5 ton unit, doesn't come close to keeping the house cool in the summer. ...
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