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    Glad you got it sorted out. It is very difficult...

    Glad you got it sorted out. It is very difficult for any of us to take a little information and decide if the problem is the equipment, the contractor, the customer, or just a communication issue.
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    I don't mean to be rude, but I see multiple...

    I don't mean to be rude, but I see multiple problems with the system in the pictures. You really need a qualified person to straighten it out.
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    A Munchin must be set up with a combustion...

    A Munchin must be set up with a combustion analyzer for LP, if it wasn't it may be not achieving efficiency, and will void warranty. Also if the return water is too warm the boiler cannot operate as...
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    Yes, I get your point, but understand in this...

    Yes, I get your point, but understand in this case our customer is the Realtor. We have to satisfy our customer. Around here the Realtor works for the seller and is required to tell you that. Their...
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    Around here the real estate agents don't want us...

    Around here the real estate agents don't want us too dig very deep, just: Is it safe? Does it operate within basic design specs. They don't want to pay for an in-depth inspection.

    The temperature...
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    Back to the basics first. Check the temp rise,...

    Back to the basics first. Check the temp rise, manifold pressure, static pressure, etc.
    Is the duct work outside the conditioned space? Are you producing higher CFMs?
    If the ductwork is in an attic...
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    Under those conditions the heat pump compressor...

    Under those conditions the heat pump compressor would be under higher pressure, increased temperature, and increased cycling (on the high limit, if it has one). Common sense would say "that can't be...
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    I agree with your thinking, if the furnace is...

    I agree with your thinking, if the furnace is coming out, get the correct size. The longer cycles will help efficiency a little, and might help comfort a lot. A lot of contractors don't trust the...
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    Based only on the one side of the situation I am...

    Based only on the one side of the situation I am hearing, I think you should get a different contractor to evaluate the situation and give you a second opinion. Preferably someone selling the same...
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    I guess my point is that even if he hired an...

    I guess my point is that even if he hired an unqualified installer, if he paid him real money, not just beer money, the installer should still make it right.
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    I say "fair market price" because this is...

    I say "fair market price" because this is starting to sound like one of those "Tony who does maintenance at the apartment complex put it in last weekend" deals. If the customer knowingly used someone...
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    Did you pay your installer a fair market price?...

    Did you pay your installer a fair market price? If so the contractor should make it right! It happens all the time, we make a mistake, we make it right.
    What the vendor does shouldn't be an issue to...
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    Pardon me if I am unclear. I am not advocating...

    Pardon me if I am unclear. I am not advocating accepting a substandard system.

    First, I was under the impression that the HO had already decided to keep the current furnace and wanted to make the...
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    Butterface, Again, Are you comfortable? If so...

    Butterface, Again, Are you comfortable? If so don't worry about it, the efficiency of your furnace should be about the same on either stage. Actually if your ductwork is located outside the...
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    Ditto, no wait I withdraw that ditto, if it was...

    Ditto, no wait I withdraw that ditto, if it was high limit wouldn't the fan keep running and the HO wouldn't know the burners had shut down?
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    Yes your heat pump should run a lot when it is...

    Yes your heat pump should run a lot when it is cold, or even all the time. It puts out less heat as it gets colder outside, but remember it is using a less electricity per BTU than your electric...
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    I agree about the frequency. We use accutracs,...

    I agree about the frequency. We use accutracs, never tried an amprobe. They seem to always find the leak we don't find with a D-tek or bubbles. But they miss some of the leaks that we find easy the...
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    Butterface, The temperature rise is the...

    Butterface,
    The temperature rise is the difference between the air entering your furnace and the air leaving it. A qualified contractor should always check the temperature rise of your furnace to...
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    Butterface: Short cycling? You tell us, how...

    Butterface:

    Short cycling? You tell us, how long on and how long off each cycle?

    Is your system optimal? Probably not. Will it do the job of keeping you comfortable and saving you money?...
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    Are you comfortable?

    Are you comfortable?
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    I'm sorry but in this case, a point in the right...

    I'm sorry but in this case, a point in the right direction is a point towards your service tech. The problems you are describing have to many possible causes. A serviceman will have to check it out. ...
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    Oh if it were only that simple! Personally, when...

    Oh if it were only that simple! Personally, when I went my 10 rounds with depression, I had a great wife, a great job, good kids, a good church home, etc.

    The kind of depression some of us are...
  23. Yes the work is sloppy, but something doesn't add...

    Yes the work is sloppy, but something doesn't add up here. No attic insulation, unfinished/unprofessional wiring, huge electric bills? Bubble wrap, flex duct, hard pipe, unfaced insulation, mastic? A...
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    I have had an i50 for a couple of years, and it...

    I have had an i50 for a couple of years, and it is great! But for the uses you want I think an i7 would do. I just got tired of always buying entry level tools only to end up buying a better one a...
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    I spent about 3 years in depressionville back in...

    I spent about 3 years in depressionville back in the 80s, I mean serious want to die stuff. Have done real well since.
    I tried lots of things without much success.

    These are the things that...
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    If you are trying to save money on a new system...

    If you are trying to save money on a new system understand that you will assume additional risk. What we that have been the business very long know is that these "I already have the equipment" deals...
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    We use a heavy canvas apron, the Malco TPA5....

    We use a heavy canvas apron, the Malco TPA5. Gives you some protection and some pockets.
  28. Thread: out of ideas

    by ChuckHVAC
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    From the earlier information, I am under the...

    From the earlier information, I am under the assumption this was a capacitor run motor, not a straight induction run motor.
    Ohms law is great but it is misleading when you have motor RPM,...
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    I found one like that in the discharge line of a...

    I found one like that in the discharge line of a 3 ton AC hermetic one time. Would have been hard to diagnose except for the whistling sound it was making.
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    john; Twilli is really a great guy, and an...

    john; Twilli is really a great guy, and an excellent Contractor! He's just ornery.
    Goodman, Trane, Carrier, etc.,etc., they all have decent equipment when installed correctly. Ask around and find a...
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    john; A great furnace is one that is specified...

    john; A great furnace is one that is specified and installed by a great contractor! Most manufacturers make good furnaces, the important thing is choosing the correct one for your home and installing...
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    You are probably fine as you are. If you really...

    You are probably fine as you are. If you really want to be safe and sure, have someone do a combustion analysis and inspect the heat exchanger, just in case. If there was significantly more rust on...
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    I know two very successful, multimillionaire,...

    I know two very successful, multimillionaire, local businessmen who cannot read or write. Very interesting characters, I learn a lot from them. I don't wish to be like them, but I respect them. They...
  34. I recommend the single stage.

    I recommend the single stage.
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    Wow! a few tools and a $50 EPA certificate? You...

    Wow! a few tools and a $50 EPA certificate? You can do better!
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    People just is what they is, and does what they...

    People just is what they is, and does what they does. I learn from all of you, not everyone has the skill or motivation to write perfectly.
  37. Thread: FACIAL HAIR

    by ChuckHVAC
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    Poll: My personal experience has been contrary to the...

    My personal experience has been contrary to the "expert opinion". I have found that new customers actually trusted me quicker and easier with a beard than without. I assume it was because it sort of...
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    Same here, we have changed so many TXVs in the...

    Same here, we have changed so many TXVs in the last couple years, it just frustrates the heck out of me.
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    You obviously have something wrong and heat pumps...

    You obviously have something wrong and heat pumps can be tricky to diagnose in the winter. We could all theorize and speculate, but you need to get a good serviceman checking it out. If he is good he...
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    Poll: I can only speak for myself, but after doing this...

    I can only speak for myself, but after doing this for years I agree with "beenthere". I regularly see very satisfied customers who have properly installed "value brand" equipment. I also see...
  41. Thread: out of ideas

    by ChuckHVAC
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    I really just know enough to be dangerous about...

    I really just know enough to be dangerous about power quality, but I have worked through a few issues before in schools and industrial plants.
    I don't know specifically why ECM designers choose to...
  42. Thread: out of ideas

    by ChuckHVAC
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    Most ECM motors use a "power factor choke" to...

    Most ECM motors use a "power factor choke" to reduce the effects of harmonics on the true power factor. That's what you see on the diagram. Even though the power factor of an ECM is theoretically 1,...
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    If you have a good gut feeling about the dealer...

    If you have a good gut feeling about the dealer Carrier sounds like a good choice.
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    Seriously any of those will do great if properly...

    Seriously any of those will do great if properly installed. The first consideration is the people who design and install your system, and the service after the sale. The brand is a much smaller...
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    Thanks beenthere, I'll accept any submittals...

    Thanks beenthere, I'll accept any submittals under beenthere's terms! I'd even print you up a fancy report!
    I do enjoy this stuff, but I do have to make a living most days.
    If someone gave me a...
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    The following link is the Duct Blaster Manual,...

    The following link is the Duct Blaster Manual, see chapter 13, it will do a better job than I will.
    http://www.energyconservatory.com/download/dbmanual.pdf

    Also here is a link to a study on...
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    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/picture.php?albumid=292&p...

    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/picture.php?albumid=292&pictureid=6822
    This is my "test stand" in it's current configuration.
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    I have about 14 ft of insulated supply duct...

    I have about 14 ft of insulated supply duct because that is what it took to get consistent face temperature and velocity. My duct losses are minimal, but probably account for some of the missing BTUs...
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    This data was from a preliminary test designed to...

    This data was from a preliminary test designed to answer the question " If I buy two stage furnace, and it is installed by a decent contractor, will it produce the promised efficiency on both...
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    I haven't broken it down but there is a...

    I haven't broken it down but there is a transformer and a shaded pole inducer motor to consider. Also the ECM motors really mess with the sine wave.
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