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    Ditto, The only time you will really smell...

    Ditto,

    The only time you will really smell burning dust is when you fire it up for the first time for heating season. Even so, the smell usually goes away in less than an hour. A "bad gasket" is...
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    Yes,you are completely correct. I apologize for...

    Yes,you are completely correct. I apologize for my shortness in my prior post. 20A per 5kw, not 10 kw. And I did mean W1 and W2. Long day at work with some very ignorant customers. Not an excuse...
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    You can do whatever you want. Most heat strip...

    You can do whatever you want. Most heat strip packages come with one sequencer or contactor for each 10 kw of heat. A 15 kw package would have two sequencers and you can stage them if you would like....
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    A 10kw jeat strip usually draws between 19 and 22...

    A 10kw jeat strip usually draws between 19 and 22 amps. A 20 amp breaker for each 10kw of heat plus the 10 for the fan will cover it. If you worked on them you would know this. It is common knowledge.
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    You can stage 5 and 5 but you would need to add...

    You can stage 5 and 5 but you would need to add an extra heat sequencer or contactor (depending what brand of a/h you have) and have a 2 stage thermostat. Personally, I don't like staging anything...
  6. So from my understanding ( please, correct me if...

    So from my understanding ( please, correct me if I'm wrong) your biggest issues are the fact you don't feel they "purged/flushed" the lineset properly and they didn't use a vacuum gauge? First off, I...
  7. I have 3 sets of gauges in my truck, two R22/410...

    I have 3 sets of gauges in my truck, two R22/410 and one 22. I also use them interchangeably and have never had a single issue because of it. Just be sure to purge them after every use to make sure...
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    10kw would be borderline, hard to say w/o a load...

    10kw would be borderline, hard to say w/o a load calc. I wouldn't worry about having 3 stages, just do 10kw first and 5 on second. You will need 20A per 10 kw of heat plus your blower (figure 10A)....
  9. With all due respect, if you'd spent as much time...

    With all due respect, if you'd spent as much time researching install company's as you have posting the outcome of your actual install, you probably wouldn't be in this mess. I truly do feel for you...
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    Did one a few weeks back. Pretty straight...

    Did one a few weeks back. Pretty straight forward, not much different. Just read the manual and don't use an impact on the door screws.
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    16i only comes in full ton sizes so if it...

    16i only comes in full ton sizes so if it calculated to 3.5 tons you would go up to a 4ton. I live in SE Texas and my house is about 100 sq ft larger than yours and I'm going 4 ton on my 20i so I...
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    I think you may be expecting too much. No install...

    I think you may be expecting too much. No install company will be able to satisfy your demands completely. The load calc is designed for a specific cfm and any time you change fan speed the air flow...
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    You can trap the secondary but it is not...

    You can trap the secondary but it is not necessary. I've seen hundreds if not thousands of horizontal installs that didn't have the secondary trapped and I've never seen it cause the pan to overflow....
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    Except the problem wouldn't be solved. Your drain...

    Except the problem wouldn't be solved. Your drain theory is correct but the water in the pic is clearly condensation and not overflow. Just look how it beads up on the bottom of the drain pan where...
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    Sounds like your fan speed is set up too low. May...

    Sounds like your fan speed is set up too low. May want to have a tech raise the cfm if possible. With the fan on low speed all the time it is collecting too much moisture inside the cabinet. Raising...
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    This is what's going in my house in April. Wish I...

    This is what's going in my house in April. Wish I could do foam but the house is existing so not really an option w/o major renovation. Planning on blowing in about 24" of insulation after new...
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    I wouldn't spray anything on my coils. As long as...

    I wouldn't spray anything on my coils. As long as you keep your house clean, use good filters such as pleated cotton and change them when they are dirty (not just when your schedule says to) you...
  18. From what I gather you have an electric furnace...

    From what I gather you have an electric furnace correct? Does the aux come on every time there is a call for heat or only when you bump it up? Usually aux will come on in a heat call (correct me if...
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    In order for a trap to be functional it would...

    In order for a trap to be functional it would have to have
    water in it, correct? So the only way a secondary would have water in it was if it had water backing up in it or you poured water into it...
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    Then you might as well not use glue either. Just...

    Then you might as well not use glue either. Just because you can't keep from sloping the purple stuff all over doesn't warrant not using it. Yeah, it holds for now but a couple years down the road...
  21. Start with airflow. Links fail from time to time...

    Start with airflow. Links fail from time to time but it is rare, and two at the same time probably isn't coincidence. Check the run capacitor on the blower, if its ok run the Blower for a while (with...
  22. Heat pumps don't work well in colder weather (sub...

    Heat pumps don't work well in colder weather (sub 30's). Your aux heat should keep up somewhat though. Sounds like you may be short on heat strips or have one down. How many kw of aux heat do you...
  23. Other than being too close to the structure I...

    Other than being too close to the structure I don't see any reason to be too concerned. Unless its a heat pump ( which in your climate I'm hoping its not for your own sake) ice on the unit won't hurt...
  24. How exactly are you measuring the humidity? With...

    How exactly are you measuring the humidity? With out seeing pics its really hard to say if its improperly installed. Get a pro out there to check it out.
  25. I scrap anything a/c related, coils, copper,...

    I scrap anything a/c related, coils, copper, aluminum.
    I take in several loads a year whenever prices are high. Last load #1 copper was 2.30, #2 was 2.15, and reefer was 1.30 if I remember right....
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    Agreed, a lot of installers have no idea how to...

    Agreed, a lot of installers have no idea how to charge a heat pump, especially in the winter. I'd wait to have some warmer weather and get someone out there to charge it properly. This is the reason...
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    Only 10 months old, later into the winter means...

    Only 10 months old, later into the winter means colder temps. Assuming the unit is running more, maybe the increase in fuel costs?
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    if 100k is oversized then 120K is deffinately...

    if 100k is oversized then 120K is deffinately oversized, especially with a single stage furnace.
    If you agreed on a 100 and have it in writing I see no reason why they wouldn't have to change it out.
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    The 5000 is just your basic non programable...

    The 5000 is just your basic non programable digital t-stat, simple but very functional.
    The 8000 is a touchscreen programable. It gives you more set up options as well.
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    RUUD's arent the quietest to begin with and heat...

    RUUD's arent the quietest to begin with and heat pumps arent really designed to run in sub-30 degree temps so I would have to agree that the loud noise is probably just the unit going into defrost....
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    Trane uses 3rd party coils to meet the standards...

    Trane uses 3rd party coils to meet the standards required for the tax rebates. They were using aspen coils but are working on getting their own to meet gov. standards for the rebates.

    as for the...
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    I would go with either the Honeywell 5000, or if...

    I would go with either the Honeywell 5000, or if you want to spend the money and go top of the line get the HW8000.
    What you have will work fine but I prefer HW t-stats because of their...
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    Maybe it is your landlord who is the problem?...

    Maybe it is your landlord who is the problem? Maybe he has been told what is wrong but doesn't want to shell out the $ it will take to fix it? Landlords are usually like that.
    We don't talk to...
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    I think this is pretty true for most companys. I...

    I think this is pretty true for most companys. I can't remember working with too many $10/hr installers who were anything more than "helpers".
  35. Just a heads up. We replace a lot of Amana coils...

    Just a heads up. We replace a lot of Amana coils because of leaks. Not sayind American standard is w/o fault but Amana/Goodman are notorious for leaky coils. Their all aluminum coils seem to be much...
  36. You're probably right

    You're probably right
  37. What brand? Low seems like a bad idea in A/C.

    What brand?
    Low seems like a bad idea in A/C.
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    I'm not sure he realizes the expense.

    I'm not sure he realizes the expense.
  39. Correct, kind of. The fan speeds are controled...

    Correct, kind of.
    The fan speeds are controled off the fan relay or the blower control board on most A/H's. They are controled through the heat sequencers and coil relays for the most part. Trane...
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    Not to nit pick, but where do you get belt driven...

    Not to nit pick, but where do you get belt driven out of his post?

    Yes, you can use fan relays to add more speeds if desired. However, LOW speed isn't very common in A/C systems. The reason he...
  41. The High fan is for Cool and the Med fan is for...

    The High fan is for Cool and the Med fan is for heat. Is there a fan relay in the A/H or just a control board? What brand of A/H is it?
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    The worst is when you go to a job you were at 3...

    The worst is when you go to a job you were at 3 months ago for a drain call and find the furnace door off, the compressor terminal cover off, and the compressor wiring burnt off. The customer then...
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    Because he really wouldn't be gaining much by...

    Because he really wouldn't be gaining much by doing that. He would really only be able to run 2 speeds, HI and MED, for pracrical A/C purposes.
  44. Yes, in many climates 10 years is a full life...

    Yes, in many climates 10 years is a full life span for an A/C system. I tell customers they can expect 8-12 years out of their system, anything more and they have been very lucky.
    Now when I was in...
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    Anything is possible, but as just opinion stated,...

    Anything is possible, but as just opinion stated, it isn't going to save you enough money to justify the initial cost.
    Our charge just to replace a variable speed motor and board is 4 figures and...
  46. There are a lot of people on here that do A/C...

    There are a lot of people on here that do A/C work for 6 weeks a year. They think the people who do it for 7 or 8 months a year have all day to break down every system they touch like they don't have...
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    Replace everything. Patching the system now will...

    Replace everything. Patching the system now will only cost you money down the road.
  48. What model are you getting?

    What model are you getting?
  49. Just as long as your company does a Manual J on...

    Just as long as your company does a Manual J on every service call you will always be right! So I've heard..
  50. A bit high but probably ductwork related,...

    A bit high but probably ductwork related, wouldn't stress that at this point.

    Did he give you pressures or Subcooling and Superheat?

    As far as the first tech getting low amp draws.. you...
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