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  1. This is not correct. The Carrier will operate...

    This is not correct.

    The Carrier will operate with "standard" wiring. You lose the communicating ability, the thermostat-centered diagnostics, and some small features (like being able to put the...
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    I would advise you not to purchase your own parts...

    I would advise you not to purchase your own parts off of the internet. I know, I know, the lure of the low price seems too good to pass up. Consider a few things though:

    1. You may not get the...
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    I would recommend against converting it. The...

    I would recommend against converting it. The furnace isn't designed to burn gas. I would recommend investing in a 90% furnace (even a "basic model" 92%) to take advantage of the gas.

    Just be...
  4. Honest opinion? The 1 SEER difference, even in...

    Honest opinion? The 1 SEER difference, even in your climate, is negligible. If the 13 SEER is still available to you at a lower cost then I would recommend it.
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    Some quick notes: 1. Trust the load...

    Some quick notes:

    1. Trust the load calculations. If you're not sure, run your own against the contractor's. If they match then you are OK.

    2. Resist the urge to upsize because it "sounds...
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    Wow, where to start? 1. Water shut off gate...

    Wow, where to start?

    1. Water shut off gate valve is not code. Needs to be a 1/4 turn ball valve.
    2. No expansion tank. Also required by code.
    3. Flexible gas appliance connector not...
  7. Thread: Rheem leak

    by dougfamous
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    Maybe, maybe not. The manual for your unit says...

    Maybe, maybe not. The manual for your unit says it came with high and low pressure switches that were "optimized" to prevent nuisance tripping. That suggests to me that the low pressure switch is...
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    The L8148E is a "triple aquastat" control. It's...

    The L8148E is a "triple aquastat" control. It's the high limit, it operates the circulating pump, and powers the zone control valves (if you have any).

    Most boilers nowadays do not keep water at...
  9. To clarify a few things: Manufacturer price...

    To clarify a few things:

    Manufacturer price increases usually kick in around January. I'm not aware of any that go up in May, but it's possible I guess. It's also possible that it's a pressure...
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    Keep it away from heat and it should be OK.

    Keep it away from heat and it should be OK.
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    1. It's impossible for us to say "100% for...

    1. It's impossible for us to say "100% for certain" you didn't need these things because none of us is looking at your system.

    2. If he thought your system was low on refrigerant, then he...
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    Operating upside down may have damaged the pump,...

    Operating upside down may have damaged the pump, righting it just makes the noise worse. Either way you should have that pump replaced. At least he left you isolation flanges for the pump.

    Any...
  13. Poll: You should absolutely NOT be lighting that by...

    You should absolutely NOT be lighting that by hand. I know it seems pretty resourceful on your part, but that's a great way to get concussed by a hard ignition.

    Call the service company back. We...
  14. You have a return duct in the kitchen? Even in...

    You have a return duct in the kitchen? Even in 1950 that was dumb.

    I suspect your ductwork is woefully inadequate for your needs. You should consider having a company come in and check...
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    Not that I've heard, but considering the "after"...

    Not that I've heard, but considering the "after" pictures it had to be a water pressure explosion. My guess is either the fill valve failed or someone's kid pulled the fast-fill lever up and it...
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    I'm surprised your tech would even be interested...

    I'm surprised your tech would even be interested in replacing the compressor in a unit that old. You really should be replacing the A/C system at this point.

    As for the capacity issue, I doubt...
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    No. Copper lines are still the industry...

    No. Copper lines are still the industry standard. Why? Copper lines are much easier to braze, with aluminum you'd pretty well be forced into using flare joints that have a higher potential for...
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    It's really simple! Watch this video:...

    It's really simple!

    Watch this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN7bImdkgTM

    Then if you still think it's a good idea to mess with the boiler yourself find some DIY site to give you step...
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    14 years old in Arizona? Replace it. If you're...

    14 years old in Arizona? Replace it.
    If you're selling the house in a year or two it's a great selling point (new HVAC with warranty!)
    If you're staying there long-term you'll have to do it...
  20. If it's draining properly, then what's the...

    If it's draining properly, then what's the difference? Why would you change it all back around if it's working?

    If it's not leaking leave it alone.
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    Three year old Carrier. Totally flat. Sent pics...

    Three year old Carrier. Totally flat. Sent pics to rep, "sorry, no warranty". Her dog was tagging it every day.

    570881

    570891
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    Option 3, by a country mile. If you have one...

    Option 3, by a country mile. If you have one system go down you have backup, and these new VS inverter systems can be touchy.

    In your climate, I would not want to be in the house if the AC was...
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    Get the matched Trane coil. If you have AC...

    Get the matched Trane coil. If you have AC issues down the road Trane could potentially walk away from it because it's not "their" coil. Also, if you're offered the extended labor warranty get it. ...
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    Couple things: 1. You most likely do NOT have...

    Couple things:

    1. You most likely do NOT have electric strips if you also have a gas furnace.

    2. On heat pumps, during the "defrost" mode they kick in the auxiliary heat. This is because in...
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    That sounds like one of those conditions you add...

    That sounds like one of those conditions you add to a purchase agreement to save yourself a ton of headaches. "Seller to remove, at his expense, and dispose of buried LP tank on property. Seller...
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    I'm pretty sure in 2008 parts warranty on Rheem...

    I'm pretty sure in 2008 parts warranty on Rheem was only five years (even with registration). I do recall Rheem saying in newcon if you could prove the move-in date they would honor it, so hopefully...
  27. ^^^ This. Your zone valve may be stuck open (or...

    ^^^
    This. Your zone valve may be stuck open (or could even be miswired), and it could cause the boiler to run non-stop to satisfy a zone that doesn't need it.

    Definitely get a service call. ...
  28. There's a lot of good information here, let me...

    There's a lot of good information here, let me just add this bit of advice:

    - Any competent heating installer can install a cast iron boiler
    - Not just any competent heating installer can install...
  29. I'm sure your installer will be able to correctly...

    I'm sure your installer will be able to correctly size and install the breaker.
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    Your wiring looks correct, did you wire this live...

    Your wiring looks correct, did you wire this live or did you turn off the power first? If you didn't turn the power off you may have blown a fuse or let the smoke out of something. If you put the...
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    Those are antique water heaters. Ripped one out...

    Those are antique water heaters. Ripped one out once, the copper coil inside is heavy. See guys? Tankless heaters have been around forever! The one I removed had a sweet pedestal base, I gutted...
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    Yeah, how do you pay him if he doesn't accept...

    Yeah, how do you pay him if he doesn't accept Paypal or credit cards? :grin2:
  33. Those pictures don't help. I will say that your...

    Those pictures don't help. I will say that your furnace (by the looks of it, a Goodman GMP series) IS capable of running a five wire thermostat BUT these are not wired directly to the control board....
  34. It's possible. I replaced a heat exchanger in a...

    It's possible. I replaced a heat exchanger in a furnace only to have the gas valve fail when I started it back up. It's rare but it happens.



    There are some wiring differences between the...
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    AirTemp is built by Nortek (formerly Nordyne),...

    AirTemp is built by Nortek (formerly Nordyne), they also make furnaces for a variety of brands. That particular model is a pretty solid unit, make sure if you get it that you register it right away...
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    Is the common connected on your NEST? They tend...

    Is the common connected on your NEST? They tend to cause goofy stuff like this when they are power stealing. Take the NEST off and put a real thermostat, I bet it stops doing that.
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    Judging by the gas valve, that unit is from the...

    Judging by the gas valve, that unit is from the late 50's to early 60's. Coleman floor furnace. Probably should be replaced.
  38. If a system is flat, they'd have to add some R-22...

    If a system is flat, they'd have to add some R-22 for the leak search but with yours already filled it shouldn't require more. There's also a couple ways to do the test - some guys use dye, some use...
  39. I'm wondering why it took you five entire years...

    I'm wondering why it took you five entire years to research this? If you knew it wasn't right from the start, why weren't you complaining when it was new and under warranty?
  40. I spent years working for a new construction HVAC...

    I spent years working for a new construction HVAC company mopping up their installs. It's not uncommon for them to be rushed, sloppy, and cheap. Unfortunately, this is usually a combination of lack...
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    It's fairly common around here, the key to...

    It's fairly common around here, the key to keeping condensation down is to properly seal everything. You may also want to look into the radiant barrier "bubble" type insulation instead of...
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    I'm not an expert by far, but that appears to...

    I'm not an expert by far, but that appears to have occurred from the water side of the boiler. The news report said someone was working on the gas line in another part of the house, I don't see how...
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    100% agree. In my area, most guys go 2-stage to...

    100% agree. In my area, most guys go 2-stage to compensate for their tendency to oversize equipment.

    IMO putting a two stage unit and configuring it for single stage is a waste. Why not just...
  44. Thread: Ameristar

    by dougfamous
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    I've never put one in, but I don't like the...

    I've never put one in, but I don't like the "brushed metal" finish on their furnaces.
  45. I doubt this applies here BUT I did have a run of...

    I doubt this applies here BUT I did have a run of the pre-Goodman Amana HPs where the wiring was strapped to the discharge instead of the suction and it melted through. A couple tripped the breaker,...
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    There is a known issue with these furnaces and...

    There is a known issue with these furnaces and that particular leaking. You more than likely have a failed "cold header" (or at the very least a failed inducer transition) which is allowing exhaust...
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    The answer depends on the model of your unit and...

    The answer depends on the model of your unit and how exactly your tech "bypassed" it. The most likely answer is the board stopped bringing the outdoor fan on, causing the unit to overheat and stop...
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    No. Do not do that. You CAN thread a plug (or...

    No. Do not do that. You CAN thread a plug (or tape over) that tee. If the furnace stops operating after you plug it, then you definitely have an issue and need to have it serviced.

    I'm not a...
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    It's a single level house, so I'll assume it's...

    It's a single level house, so I'll assume it's really long? When you get into equipment this size, a single system is almost never going to comfortably control the house. You didn't specify, but is...
  50. If you're in an area with humidity concerns, you...

    If you're in an area with humidity concerns, you do NOT want to oversize your equipment. Proper dehumidification comes from longer run times. Oversized units will cycle on and off too much, chewing...
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