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    Thanks for the suggestion, but I lack the...

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I lack the required certifications I'm afraid. I'll submit to give you guys something to chuckle over :)
  2. tell me about it. Mine's pretty impressive. Its...

    tell me about it. Mine's pretty impressive. Its 800 watt maximum current draw has so far fully made up for 2700 watts of electric baseboard heaters that it is replacing. They used to run full...
  3. The symptom with mine was that once started, it...

    The symptom with mine was that once started, it wouldn't turn off the outdoor unit unless I physically changed modes. This happened even when I manually set it back to the lowest temp setting. ...
  4. My YMGI did this right after it was installed...

    My YMGI did this right after it was installed too. HVAC guy diagnosed a bad board in the indoor unit. Replaced the next day and its been fine ever since. Have your installer come back to check...
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    Contractor in Milwaukee WI?

    My HVAC guy just went under the knife for rotator cuff surgery. He's a long time rock climber and the sport finally caught up with him it would seem.

    Anyway, he is out of commission for months...
  6. Thread: Vent flashing

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    unbelievable pic in post 1. It belongs in this...

    unbelievable pic in post 1. It belongs in this gallery...
  7. years ago the same thing happened to me... then I...

    years ago the same thing happened to me... then I flushed out my condenser coil. Could it be that simple?
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    Well, last January my electric bill was $389.20. ...

    Well, last January my electric bill was $389.20. The house is mostly LED lighting. Other electric items include high efficiency water heater/washer, server farm/computer room that draws $60/month...
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    Bummer, I was thinking the mini split could save...

    Bummer, I was thinking the mini split could save $30-$60/month over the baseboards simply by virtue of the fact that it uses 1.65KWH less to do the same thing. Maybe I should just concentrate on...
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    yup. The room definitely needs a new picture...

    yup. The room definitely needs a new picture window, new sliding doors and an additional layer of insulation in the attic. I know I have to do all of these but am trying to get the best bang for my...
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    Your simple test of the relay might tell you...

    Your simple test of the relay might tell you about the motor as the potential root cause. Did the low voltage winding fail or the high voltage contact? ;)
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    I pretty much thought the same but I'm wondering...

    I pretty much thought the same but I'm wondering about efficiency at the lowest temps since I'm on the northern edge of the climate reigon that this type of device is spec'ed for. I also wanted to...
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    mini-split in WI?

    Haven't posted here in a while... How's everybody doing?

    Here's my situation. The breezeway between the house and the garage was converted into a den back in the 60's. The 120 sq foot room has...
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    Duct work hack job. I'd rip it out if it were my...

    Duct work hack job. I'd rip it out if it were my house. In the good 'ol days, people took pride in their sheet-metal work and my ductwork reflects a guy who had that pride back in 1958. New...
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    IMO Let's get HomeStar passed folks. ...

    IMO

    Let's get HomeStar passed folks. Call/write your congressmen/reps. It's good for me the consumer and for you the installers/contractors as well.

    I'm working on windows/insulation upgrades...
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    Concur that axial duct booster fans are stupid,...

    Concur that axial duct booster fans are stupid, ineffective and should be taken off the market. Centrifugal booster fans such as the FKD series from fantech are a whole different story though. ...
  17. Hopefully your chimney is already lined or will...

    Hopefully your chimney is already lined or will be as part of your furnace install. Running your water heater alone in an unlined chimney will destroy it. Before that happens, the damaged chimney...
  18. Speaking of this, your chimney will need to be...

    Speaking of this, your chimney will need to be sleeved (if it isn't already) if you plan on continuing to use it for the water heater after you solve your furnace problem. The water heater alone...
  19. I take it that your furnace isn't the only thing...

    I take it that your furnace isn't the only thing that uses your existing chimney? I ask because there are several homes around here that run the pvc pipes up the existing chimneys. Not sure what...
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    Poll: My Heil has been purring along for 8 years now so...

    My Heil has been purring along for 8 years now so I voted for it even though I'm no pro. Of course its an 80% single stage. Not too much can go wrong with those...
  21. That must be a bit of a treacherous path to walk...

    That must be a bit of a treacherous path to walk for sure. I had my eyes opened here recently when one pro stated that a hvac system is at it's most efficient when it is running constantly to...
  22. Well, my understanding is that a load calculation...

    Well, my understanding is that a load calculation determines the most efficient system. Bigger is not better in HVAC because short cycling = lower efficiency/higher failure. The point here is that...
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    Damn! I have a 1941 Radio made by Philco, and a...

    Damn! I have a 1941 Radio made by Philco, and a beautiful piece of work it is... Is this what they make nowadays???

    Sorry for OT....
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    By "off my upgrade list" I mean this: I currently...

    By "off my upgrade list" I mean this: I currently have a honeywell drum humidifier that keeps the house at about 25-30% and doesn't use any water or electricity to speak of. Maintenance is...
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    I had no idea these devices used so much...

    I had no idea these devices used so much electricity. Well, guess I can scratch this off my HVAC upgrade list...
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    What are you hoping to accomplish with your whole...

    What are you hoping to accomplish with your whole house fan?
  27. Don't be afraid to go for it!

    It's absolutely possible! Just get a pro who's not afraid to think outside the box!

    (note, for best effect you should be seeing the images not links below. You can modify this behavior by...
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    A few years ago, while I was staying with my...

    A few years ago, while I was staying with my brother in Northern VT, his furnace broke down in the wee morning hours on Christmas day. 15 below zero, winter storm blowing as it normally does in the...
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    :eek2: Yikes! Very good idea. I'm no pro, but...

    :eek2: Yikes!

    Very good idea. I'm no pro, but I wouldn't want that in my house. Looks like a total hack job.
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    House feel comfortable? How's your heating bills?

    House feel comfortable? How's your heating bills?
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    +1 to that. I did a 500 square foot with r13 on...

    +1 to that. I did a 500 square foot with r13 on all exterior facing walls. Each of the three rooms has its own continuously variable thermostat for 240v baseboard. The things hardly ever run.
  32. Thread: Booster Fans

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    second that. They can be noisy though if not...

    second that. They can be noisy though if not properly installed with vibration dampening mounts per Fantech's instructions.
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    sorry. My bad. I thought it was something a...

    sorry. My bad. I thought it was something a contractor would be able to do.
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    If you plan on using something like a Fantech...

    If you plan on using something like a Fantech FKD8XL, have your electrician run a 15A circuit to a junction box near where your HVAC guy would place it inline. The FKD8XL draws 3A at full output.
    ...
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    That's coming. It's a bit scary to me though. ...

    That's coming. It's a bit scary to me though. In our older house, I don't have to worry about how often the air changes etc because it was insulated in the 1960's. Sure, I've done the obvious...
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    It's also important to understand what moving the...

    It's also important to understand what moving the West side supply plenum did to the living spaces downstairs:

    This shot shows how bookshelves/alcoves were used during construction in the spaces...
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    Well, my home is actually an experiment in...

    Well, my home is actually an experiment in alternate ways to conserve energy through active Home Automation control. Remember how car engines were before they were computer controlled? The same...
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    Well, the fans were installed 2 weeks ago and the...

    Well, the fans were installed 2 weeks ago and the results are just short of amazing. Here's some pics:

    http://images43.fotki.com/v1385/photos/6/43626/7178680/fantech1-vi.jpg
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  39. Amen to this! The installation of my Fantech...

    Amen to this! The installation of my Fantech upgrade is complete. See this thread for background. At 80% these fans add an additional 1000 CFM to the east side of my supply plenum which is where...
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    but wouldn't lowering blower speed send less air...

    but wouldn't lowering blower speed send less air volume (although hotter). I'd imagine that the net btu delivered would be the same so no fix to your problem. Maybe even exacerbated actually...
  41. Thread: Booster fan

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    Most of the so-called "booster fans" that you can...

    Most of the so-called "booster fans" that you can pick up at Home-cheapo are radial design; not engineered to work correctly when there's any kind of static pressure like what you'd find in a typical...
  42. Not sure about those Delta Ts. Were your return...

    Not sure about those Delta Ts. Were your return temps different? Reason I'm asking is that if your supply side temps were the same at MHI and HI and your return temps stayed the same then the Delta...
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    I have a TH8320U which I love for the most part....

    I have a TH8320U which I love for the most part.

    Quirks:

    Once you have the external temp sensor, outside temp will be shown on the main display and you will have to hit "more" to see inside...
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    Call me stupid but when the OP pulled the blower...

    Call me stupid but when the OP pulled the blower cover the noise didn't go away. Doesn't this mean its not return airflow causing the noise as captube indicated in post 2? :confused:

    How is...
  45. Hopefully this stat displays actual inside temp...

    Hopefully this stat displays actual inside temp instead of trying to "stick" it to the setpoint like the VisionPros. Having outside temp/humidity on same screen as inside temp/humidity is nice too. ...
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    The setback studs technique is something I've...

    The setback studs technique is something I've used to insure that the living area construction doesn't interfere with normal moisture transfer between the basement and the surrounding earth through...
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    Ok, so my HVAC guy was out today, took a look,...

    Ok, so my HVAC guy was out today, took a look, issued dope slaps and re-balanced the supply plenum. I ummm had lowered the booster fan speeds in an attempt to play with the ringing sound and forgot...
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    So you're looking for an optimal total PD lower...

    So you're looking for an optimal total PD lower than the .8 range. Something to ponder I guess.

    I would've thought a restricted return would raise return side negative sp, lower the supply side...
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    ok, time to have a chat with my HVAC guy then. ...

    ok, time to have a chat with my HVAC guy then. Thx.
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    you know.... a delta T of 80-85 seems high for my...

    you know.... a delta T of 80-85 seems high for my Heil furnace. It's certainly not tripping the limit switch though and the plenum sp is about .5. Maybe its my temp gauge....

    Just for kicks,...
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