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    Need to change colors for AOP

    The "Ask Our Pro's-Owner Assistance" header section on the main forums scree is very hard to read. I fully understand trying to pick colors that stand out from the rest, but the dark red on blue is...
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    From a home owner in your shoes a few years ago.

    Although I didn't see it said in this thread, I am sure you already know it has more to do with the contractor then they system. I regret my choice, but not much I can do at this point.

    Make sure...
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    Who to call for attic ventilation

    I believe my attic is under ventilated due to mold growth, and high summer temperatures, and, the insulation (blown in cellulose) could be improved. My house is 18 years old, and I live in...
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    How do "reversible" filter/dryers work?

    I was doing some yard work around my outside unit (heat pump) system, and I noticed it said "reversible" on the filter/dryer. It would make since that it would have to be reversible since...
  5. Be carefull with those old stats!

    If you do wind up replacing them yourself, be careful with those old t-stats. It is most likely illegal in your area to throw them in the trash (Mercury is toxic). If you have an HVAC contractor...
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    Any recomendations of contractors?

    Looking for someone in Vancouver WA (Portland OR).
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    Have the system checked for sabotage

    Make sure to tell your concerns to the HVAC that is going to look at your system about your concern about sabotage. If he sees anything, make sure to get the police out before he corrects anything...
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    Is just the fan turned on?

    I am just a home owner myself, so I am not familiar with that t-stat. But, most t-stats have a fan switch/mode which will keep the fan running even when there is no call for heat/cool. You can tell...
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    Is code good enough?

    I believe this was also built to code ... http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcoll/exhibits/tnb/fall7b.jpg

    OK, just kidding... But seriously, when we homeowners pay large amounts of money,...
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    How can wus homeowners know if a job is done correctly...

    if we don't know how it is supposed to be done correctly? Other then to pay someone else big bucks to fix what we already paid big bucks to have done the first time?

    How about a thread (maybe...
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    The more reliable unit is the unit that is installed correctly.

    The most important feature of your system is the install. Trust me, I know by mistake. I, unfortunately, picked the wrong one.

    Your biggest challenge is going to be too find out who is going to...
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    fiberboard

    is that fiberboard stuff really that bad? Should I try to have to replaced if possible?
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    Return system

    The return plenum is made of fiberboard inside the garage. The 2nd level duct misses the box by about 5ft or so (because of how the 2nd floor lines up) and is ran through the garage ceiling. The...
  14. Thread: Is this safe?

    by FrankD
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    Not sure what you mean by tight.

    It's 18 or so years old, so I am sure it is not tight compared to modern standards. There is some light under the door. Side seals seem ok. Door to house has a good seal (it's new as I had to...
  15. Thread: Is this safe?

    by FrankD
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    Its in my guarage

    Inside garage. Only "ventilation" provided is what is able to get past the garage door.
  16. Thread: Is this safe?

    by FrankD
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    Is this safe?

    I am currently investigating other issues with my system, and I noticed something today that worry's me. Attached is the gas vent for my system. When I had my heat pump put in (mainly for AC) I...
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    Might have some problems...

    After checking out the above mentioned site, I do see several problems...

    I will have to take some pics and post them to get some better advice...

    One question I have (hopefully this dosn't...
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    Are you sure of the original size? I looked at...

    Are you sure of the original size? I looked at the site where I bought my filters from, and it says the actual size of the 20x20x2 is 19-1/2" x 19-1/2" x 1-3/4.
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    Well, summer is back, and I am wishing I had...

    Well, summer is back, and I am wishing I had taken care of this before now....
    That said, I am at the point where I am ready to spend some cash to have they system fixed correctly.

    I believe the...
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    20x20 should work.

    I bet the standard 20x20x1 at the store will work. The size you see on the filter is the "Nominal" size. The actual size is usually a little smaller. Just as a wood stud 2x4 is really 1.5 x 3.5. ...
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    bonus is insulated.

    The bonus room is insulated. The first floor is about 950 sq. ft. and had all doors open.

    The furnace is setting on a box that has one line going under the house for the 1st floor, and the 2nd...
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    2nd system not an option

    So is a 14" duct just too small for 1150 sqft? A 2nd system would be nice, but, is simply out of my budget.
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    But we will always need HVAC techs!

    Alaska Air can fly it's planes to Mexico for repair. Hospitals can email it's digital x-rays, scans, etc to India for analysis. [Insert any US company] can close it's assembly plants in the US in...
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    Room sizes:

    (the 14" is only supply line running from lower level)

    - 14" -+- 12" ---+- 8" --- Bonus Room (460 sq ft)
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    .........|............+- 6" --- Bonus Room (2nd vent, same...
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    Poor cooling on 2nd floor

    I have a 2 story house, about 2100sq ft, 3 ton HP. The 2nd floor is always hot. I was going to have zoning installed, but, am concerned their are other problems. The 1st floor registers push a...
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