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    Could be thermostat location. Also, it could be...

    Could be thermostat location. Also, it could be due to lack of insulation in your house.
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    Unless things have changed with Trane in the past...

    Unless things have changed with Trane in the past 3 years, the blower runs at 50% of full air flow when the fan is set to on. Also the first 10 mins should be at 50% as well. Unless you are using...
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    It can as long as the blower capacity matches...

    It can as long as the blower capacity matches what the Geothermal unit requires. If the unit is rated using a variable speed blower, make sure the furnace has one.
  4. No. You should contact an HVAC specialist in your...

    No. You should contact an HVAC specialist in your area and let them tell you if they can shorten the piping. This is not a DIY site.
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    Call the factory and find a different vendor. The...

    Call the factory and find a different vendor. The website may not have been updated in a while.
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    I would say dual fuel would be the way to go.

    I would say dual fuel would be the way to go.
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    You would still want a heat loss/heat gain done...

    You would still want a heat loss/heat gain done on the garage. If you put too big of a unit in, it can lead to short cycling. Ductless mini splits are the way to go. The air handler is mounted on the...
  8. Thread: Balancing AC

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    I would suggest a zoning system. If there is...

    I would suggest a zoning system. If there is access to the attic above both rooms, or at least 1 wall accessible from the attic in both rooms, then you could have a thermostat in both rooms....
  9. It is possible for a coil to leak within 4 years....

    It is possible for a coil to leak within 4 years. The model number and manufacturer name would help. Some manufacturers have a 10 yr part warranty, which would allow you to get other labor...
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    You need to edit your post. Discussing prices are...

    You need to edit your post. Discussing prices are not allowed. Read the rules.
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    What Daltex and Beenthere said.

    What Daltex and Beenthere said.
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    Yes, but again I say, if his lifestyle changes...

    Yes, but again I say, if his lifestyle changes and he wants both floors occupied, he will be sorry.
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    Loose connections would be my first thought....

    Loose connections would be my first thought. Either the spade connection, or where the spade connection is crimped on the wire.
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    Dash- I agree, you shouldn't plan for future...

    Dash- I agree, you shouldn't plan for future owners. But I still stand by my opinion that it is not smart to replace 2 systems with 1 system. Then zone it, and hope that you never want the whole...
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    Yes, he does. He is also considering doing away...

    Yes, he does. He is also considering doing away with 2 systems, and going back with just 1 system with zoning.

    I was just making points of why I would not recommend doing that.:cool:
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    So, when he sells the house and the new owner has...

    So, when he sells the house and the new owner has a different lifestyle? Or if his life style changes? He can control the house the same way with 2 systems.
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    Agreed!!

    Agreed!!
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    One negative that I can think of by going from 2...

    One negative that I can think of by going from 2 systems to 1 system with a damper system, is breakdowns. If you have 2 systems and one has a problem, then at least you have 1 working system until...
  19. First, I would make sure that they provide a...

    First, I would make sure that they provide a Manual J heat loss/heat gain, and show the capacities of the chosen equipment.

    I can only say what I've seen in my area for the rest. I would prefer my...
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    Hehe....too true:cool:

    Hehe....too true:cool:
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    This is a link to Reducing Power Factor Cost. It...

    This is a link to Reducing Power Factor Cost. It is a US Dept of Energy document. It does a good job explaining what the Power Factor is. Also, how "real" power, "apparent" power and "reactive" power...
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    Cost for many consumers would be the deciding...

    Cost for many consumers would be the deciding factor. Cost is almost always a factor. Even when you educate the consumer, they still look at the bottom line. In my area, metal duct has become rare....
  23. Did Sears show you the heat loss? That would be...

    Did Sears show you the heat loss? That would be the first question. Also, the ductwork will affect it as well. Is it insulated? Is your floor insulated? These things will have a direct bearing on the...
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    This is what matters when it is your...

    This is what matters when it is your business...agreed:D
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    I think the assumption was if a 1" space under...

    I think the assumption was if a 1" space under the door is enough, do you need more? I don't think that more is always better, unless you are talking about the velocity of the air. A larger return...
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    Demand defrost is always better than a time/temp...

    Demand defrost is always better than a time/temp defrost. No question.
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    Am I off on the electrical "noise" that can...

    Am I off on the electrical "noise" that can affect electronics? This is definitely a new subject for me.
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    None that I can think of. As you said, as long as...

    None that I can think of. As you said, as long as there is a proper path for the air, it doesn't matter. At least for me.

    As far as high vs low returns, if the throw on your supplies is...
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    The critical part is the proper return path from...

    The critical part is the proper return path from a room with a closed door. What happens if they had a wood floor, then decided a few years later to get carpet, and the 1" clearance went from 1" to...
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    Not sure I can agree with this. If a technician...

    Not sure I can agree with this. If a technician chooses to use tools that you don't supply that helps him do his job better and maybe faster, how is this bad? I always used tools that my company...
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    If you go this route, just remember, if you have...

    If you go this route, just remember, if you have a high pile carpet, it needs to be 1" from the top of the carpet.

    But, again, the best is a return in every room just as 21 degrees mentioned.
  32. Thread: HELP!

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    A 20 year old system is going to fail eventually....

    A 20 year old system is going to fail eventually. Cleaning is a good idea, but the system has definitely exceeded the life expectancy of an HVAC system. I would say that the system is on borrowed...
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    The biggest reason is that in my area, the...

    The biggest reason is that in my area, the distributors that sold the equipment, would sell it to anyone. They were the low end contractors looking for the cheapest unit, since they sold jobs on...
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    I know that when I was running a small service...

    I know that when I was running a small service department, time was a limiting factor. If there was a failed part causing the problem, it was fixed. Airflow was checked to make sure that the...
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    From the pressure/temp you gave it looks like...

    From the pressure/temp you gave it looks like this is an R410A system. 11 degrees F subcooling and 7 degrees F superheat doesn't sound like a bad TXV. Most systems are looking for 10-12 degrees F...
  36. I would vote for the Trane air handler with a...

    I would vote for the Trane air handler with a water coil on the supply side. You wouldn't need the electric heat strips for back up. I've seen this done many times, and it works great.
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    I agree with Dash. The best way is with the pass...

    I agree with Dash. The best way is with the pass through/jumper grilles. If you have bedrooms that the doors will be closed, this can create an imbalance in the air flow. In most cases, the space...
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    When looking at a high end system like the IQ...

    When looking at a high end system like the IQ drive, payback is not the only consideration. The primary goal of the IQ Drive is COMFORT.
  39. Thread: UV lights

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    Check me if I'm wrong, but any plastic exposed to...

    Check me if I'm wrong, but any plastic exposed to a UV light would break down faster, correct?

    I'm thinking of the drain pans in most systems, as well as the inner liner of flex duct, wiring etc.
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    I've been reading up on your PFC question. As far...

    I've been reading up on your PFC question. As far as savings go, it would depend on what the power factor of your electrical service is. The lower your power factor the less efficient the electricity...
  41. Thread: Pathetic

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    Don't forget that money that is taken from us is...

    Don't forget that money that is taken from us is used in many pork barrel projects, both locally and federally. It's both parties responsible for that. There is much waste in our govt. If they don't...
  42. Thread: seer vs. ton

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    Doh:o Missed that myself.

    Doh:o Missed that myself.
  43. Thread: seer vs. ton

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    bootlen is correct. If the unit is not...

    bootlen is correct.

    If the unit is not keeping up with the demand, it may be that the system needs maintenance. Coils cleaned, refrigerant charge checked, etc. Make sure that any contractor you...
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    I've always purchased my own tools. Companies...

    I've always purchased my own tools. Companies that I've worked for in the past provided, the big ticket items such as: Torches, vacuum pumps, recovery machines etc. As several have mentioned, the...
  45. Thread: Pathetic

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    What makes me sick is that over 30% of my...

    What makes me sick is that over 30% of my paycheck is stolen from me by the Govt. :mad: Making an 8% net profits is not obscene. If they were making windfall profits of 20% or more, then something...
  46. It's sad, but I've found many Contractors do not...

    It's sad, but I've found many Contractors do not want to train their guys. They feel that if they train their employees, the employees will want more money or fear that they will leave the company...
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