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    Wholeheatedly agree with the 1" filter advice....

    Wholeheatedly agree with the 1" filter advice. These "good" filters have kept a LOT of us in business replacing blower motors and compressors. Take it one step further and check ALL return and...
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    I prefer hot water. As we all know, hotter water...

    I prefer hot water. As we all know, hotter water holds more moisture. It also will not affect your delta. That said, hot water contains a LOT more dissolved solids (which is why draining your...
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    Another angle might be to hire a "chauffeur" for...

    Another angle might be to hire a "chauffeur" for you. What I mean is, hiring a true greenhorn to drive you around. I have worked for companies that have taken a good tech and lowered his hourly...
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    Does the exhaust "90" down so it isn't subject to...

    Does the exhaust "90" down so it isn't subject to massive rain influx ? The real word issues with terminating a high eff furnace flues in different pressure zones is that they will be subject to...
  5. Thread: Combustion Air

    by lra
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    I doubt very much Carrier cares where the...

    I doubt very much Carrier cares where the combustion air is coming from. I think the automated damper wired in paralell is a great suggestion. The design as described has inherent safety...
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    I too seem to remember something similar. It was...

    I too seem to remember something similar. It was before technical school, so probably 25 years ago....but I also remember something about it from school. It has to do with the total static...
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    I think you have missed an item or two. Is it...

    I think you have missed an item or two. Is it safe to assume this is an R-22 system ?
    There was no mention of a nitrogen purge nor of a drier on the sealed system repair. The pressures, your...
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    Unless the attic maintains the same temperature...

    Unless the attic maintains the same temperature as the outdoor temp, you would be creating a hostile working environment. Other than that, I don't see any really negative aspects.
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    The others are exactly right the coil pain is...

    The others are exactly right the coil pain is rusted out. A very common issue though is a system of that age probably will not have replacement pans available and if they are available the screws...
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    The corrosion is real. When the government...

    The corrosion is real. When the government stepped in to regulate system efficiency, the manufacturers responded by thinning the materials used. It allows for better heat transfer but also creates...
  11. Thread: PLEASE HELP

    by lra
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    I think you should keep on working on the side. ...

    I think you should keep on working on the side. In the trade as a tech for 14 years, senior for 4, natural selection will remove moonlighters. Just remember, flue's need to run downhill and all...
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    Agree w/ post and love the quote.

    Agree w/ post and love the quote.
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    Are you the person that e-mails me about cashing...

    Are you the person that e-mails me about cashing a check for you for 20 bucks and I can keep the difference of 8 million ? You both have the same accent.
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    Everyone has taken all of the good technical...

    Everyone has taken all of the good technical replies..so my thunder is gone. All good advice. I'd try to relocate the return in the kitchen though. Kitchens and bathrooms are no places for returns....
  15. (1) True variable speed motors provide a much...

    (1) True variable speed motors provide a much more consistent level of dehumidification (summer) and delta T (winter). They provide better IAQ by running @ very low speed during off cyles. Also...
  16. Thread: why when cold?

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    Even as a Lennox dealer, I too am not familiar...

    Even as a Lennox dealer, I too am not familiar with that equipment. If it's like most other flame sense technology, the flame senor sends a signal to ground through the flame. I guess in theory,...
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    Without going back to re-read all of your posts,...

    Without going back to re-read all of your posts, I think you mentioned a question about putting in an undersized compressor. I have, in my home, a 3 ton Trane HP in which I installed a 2.5 ton...
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    I think we are assuming from his post that the HO...

    I think we are assuming from his post that the HO is complaining about the price. I don't get that. I think he is complaining about the price relative to the quality of workmanship. I agree w/ the...
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    I agree w/ the others. Changing the furnace to...

    I agree w/ the others. Changing the furnace to standing pilot made it less efficient and provides a constant source of ignition. The rollout shield looks heat stressed and the lack of finish/rust...
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    I agree w/ the candle synopsis. It's amazing how...

    I agree w/ the candle synopsis. It's amazing how much soot is produced by candles, particularly candles with lead based wicks. It's present even if you can't see it while burning.. My question...
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    We are assuming the HO has a heat pump, but they...

    We are assuming the HO has a heat pump, but they repeatedly refer to "AC" and said it is not even in use right now. It is a logical assumption to make since most levels of residential ac's do not...
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    Pouring the pad larger than necessary will not...

    Pouring the pad larger than necessary will not only help w/ keeping the coil cleaner, it will greatly improve your standing with your service tech not having to kneel in the mud to service it.:D
  23. Thread: During pics

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    My first thought too, would have been does the...

    My first thought too, would have been does the customer not trust me ? However, I am good @ what I do and would have been proud to be recorded under the pretext that you used. I am also pretty...
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    My system, a Trane 2 1/2 ton HP w/ a 2 ton...

    My system, a Trane 2 1/2 ton HP w/ a 2 ton compressor and aftermarket TXV's installed in a 1400sq' home does fine. Auxillary doesn't come in until defrost or 14 degrees and then only 5kw. In fact...
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    The advice given has been good. Take it. ...

    The advice given has been good. Take it. Additionally, you mentioned the breaker tripping. If the compressor is grounded, you'll likely have acid in the system and if not cleaned up (@ additional...
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    I live in Harrodsburg Ky and if your rates are...

    I live in Harrodsburg Ky and if your rates are even close to mine, the answer is never does the gas justify turning off the heat pump. Our electricity is just too cheap.
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    Also make sure installer checks line size. It is...

    Also make sure installer checks line size. It is probable that existing lines will be too small.
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    What t527ed said. The wrench I use for opening...

    What t527ed said. The wrench I use for opening system valves works on blower and ofm fan blade set screws. Yellow jacket makes them as well as others.
  29. Thread: Basement return

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    Agree with the redistribution of humidity. Also...

    Agree with the redistribution of humidity. Also agree that if it's nearly a problem in winter, it should be a large issue in the summer. Would strongly suggest radon testing before you decide to...
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    Reiterate previous responses. Yes a new furnace...

    Reiterate previous responses. Yes a new furnace will be much more efficient...but you MUST do all of your insulating/windows/structure improvements first. As previously stated, a proper heat...
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    Big Mike ? The green is ground ? Tim Allen said...

    Big Mike ? The green is ground ? Tim Allen said the sun is yellow and heats the ground, therefor the yellow is ground.....or does that just apply to dishwashers ?;) JK.. like the others have...
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    Open combustion. No provision to install pvc...

    Open combustion. No provision to install pvc intake.. just pulls air from the conditioned space/ basement.
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    Guys you're too hard on the install. Maybe it's...

    Guys you're too hard on the install. Maybe it's not finished. Run a pilot tube and t couple to each supply register. Could be just a way to keep mold from growing in the coil.
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    Digital stat eliminates merc bulb short...

    Digital stat eliminates merc bulb short cycling....hmm I can only recommend calling a tech. It could be nothing more than a contactor sticking, wiring short, etc, etc. Difficult for even the guru's...
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    What kind of noise ? Sounds like it is hard...

    What kind of noise ? Sounds like it is hard starting. Digital thermostat ? Stat location ?
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    I believe the second stage blower ramp is...

    I believe the second stage blower ramp is determined by the defrost board (blue). Which communicates with the furnace board and is not connected to the stat. Replying to the sharing info question,...
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    I disagree. If the HX is "pitch black" that is...

    I disagree. If the HX is "pitch black" that is most probably carbon. It is easily self verifiable. Either the furnace needs a very thorough cleaning or it's already cracked. (just not visible). ...
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    I certainly agree w/ the TXV statement. The...

    I certainly agree w/ the TXV statement. The others I'm not so sure. I had a system do exactly what you are describing.. last week. It turns out the indoor fan motor was intermittantly dropping...
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    Not sure about the 51m33.. the systems we've...

    Not sure about the 51m33.. the systems we've installed such as yours have the Lennox touch screen stat w/ OD sensor. Yes tempering stat should be installed. Further, if the system is to be used as...
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    I'm with the others. This furnace like most...

    I'm with the others. This furnace like most others has redundant safeties. If it were a nuisance lock out, the board would retry the ignition cycle on its own. If the reset were done manually, it...
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    Sorry, no DIY. How did you verify the ground was...

    Sorry, no DIY. How did you verify the ground was good ? You should call a tech.
    Just because you may have continuity between neutral and ground doesn't mean the ground is ok.
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    [I][I have always been told that in addition to...

    [I][I have always been told that in addition to helping a motor start, it also gives it a sense of direction.
    /I] This is what my wife claims to do for me.:D
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    I am not familiar with that type of heater though...

    I am not familiar with that type of heater though the construction is probably very similar to other natural gas fired heating appliances. As for very common..... I don't know. Older Carriers have...
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    I too have seen it though seldomly until this...

    I too have seen it though seldomly until this summer..had 6..... all goodman.
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    Without seeing it, I'd hazard a guess as to the...

    Without seeing it, I'd hazard a guess as to the heat exchanger having contracted during the cold, then expanded while running, thus reducing the noise.
  46. Thread: Dye Leak Test

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    If the leak has been persistent and has grown in...

    If the leak has been persistent and has grown in size, as the others have said it should be easier to find. I too believe the only thing that should be in the system is refrigerant and oil.
    ...
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    Coefficient of performance.

    Coefficient of performance.
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    There is a particular part known to cause this...

    There is a particular part known to cause this symptom. Any experienced tech that works with Goodman would know the problem and solution..usually withing 5 minutes. You'd have saved a lot of time...
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    I would disagree w/ the G/R short. Most of the...

    I would disagree w/ the G/R short. Most of the time that short would backfeed thru the stat, continuously running the condenser. Sounds like it's time for one of us to see it.
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