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    This might be crazy, but I always crack a window...

    This might be crazy, but I always crack a window (even in winter) when I run any type of exhaust fan. I don't like the idea of air filtering through dirty crevices making it's way into my house. I...
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    I had always figured that running a dehumidifier...

    I had always figured that running a dehumidifier in the garage would make me NEVER want to open the big double wide garage door because it would mean dehumidifying the outdoors, but it sounds like...
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    response

    Will do, and thanks again.

    Oh! Just remembered something that has been plaguing me for years and is right up your alley. My house is sort of built into a hill, so the garage is actual attached to...
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    So I kept the Frigidaire. I wasn't clear on one...

    So I kept the Frigidaire. I wasn't clear on one thing, though. Since the internal humidistat is so inaccurate and causes short, constant cycling of the compressor, do you think I should set the...
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    ok. Thanks for the help.

    ok. Thanks for the help.
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    yes bottom two levels finished are 2000 sq ft....

    yes bottom two levels finished are 2000 sq ft. Top floor is 1300 sqft. The AC units are what they are. No plans to change them until they break.

    I usually use auto on the fans, but for downstairs...
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    Thanks for the concise reposponse. Yeah I've...

    Thanks for the concise reposponse. Yeah I've heard those Sante Fe's are great, but I can't justify $ right now. To many other bills to pay.

    I've been turning the dehumidifier on only when I know...
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    Dehumidifier Question

    Not sure this is the best place to post, but these are mostly basic questions regarding compressors.

    I like to run a standalone dehumidifier in my basement in conjunction with my central AC in...
  9. OP here. The lowered aggressiveness setting on...

    OP here. The lowered aggressiveness setting on the Peak Rewards thermostat is working so well that I want to have my Trane TCONT803AS32DAA thermostat set up the same way. Of course the installer...
  10. Can you guys recommend brands/models of oil...

    Can you guys recommend brands/models of oil filled heaters?

    Also, wouldn't most of the heat just head straight up to the ceiling? At least with a convection unit, it keeps moving that hot air...
  11. I've read that oil filled heaters can leak and/or...

    I've read that oil filled heaters can leak and/or offgas. Do you smell anything when it's running?

    I've also heard that they can make a pinging noise as the metal expands and contracts.

    I have...
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    11 years. When the weather is right (wrong),...

    11 years.

    When the weather is right (wrong), and the timer is set to 50 minutes, yes it has trouble defrosting, but didn't you just explain why that's the case? When I set it to 30, it's much...
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    Kevin thanks. 1) I'll ask him to check the...

    Kevin thanks.

    1) I'll ask him to check the freon
    2) Can you explain a little more? What's a drier and what does the metering device do?
    3) He's going to replace the defrost sensor, but since...
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    Wormy...thanks for the explanation. I already...

    Wormy...thanks for the explanation. I already knew most all of that, but set the context and it put it all together in a nice neat package for me to read over again. I would love to work with a tech...
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    Thanks Willserve. Have my fingers crossed.

    Thanks Willserve. Have my fingers crossed.
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    That is an unintelligent & thoughtless response,...

    That is an unintelligent & thoughtless response, sir. (better?)

    Kevin, thanks, understood.
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    BTW, Kevin, I was referring to the Home&Marine's...

    BTW, Kevin, I was referring to the Home&Marine's comment above, not yours.
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    Ok. Do you think it could have done any damage to...

    Ok. Do you think it could have done any damage to the compressor?
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    Payne PH10 going into repeated defrosts

    Today I heard the outdoor unit going into defrost over and over. OAT about 45 F. I went outside and it was in the middle of a defrost. I waited a couple minutes and it exited defrost. Then about 2...
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    Wow..I just re-read this thread and it was great,...

    Wow..I just re-read this thread and it was great, but I need help.

    Today I heard my PH10 going into defrosts over and over. I went outside and it was in the middle of a defrost. I waited a couple...
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    Radon Mitigation systems

    Can someone point me in the right direction where I might post quesitons regarding radon mitigation systems?

    Wasn't sure if there was even an appropriate place on this website. Is there a good web...
  22. Thanks for the advice Amasuperbike and DavidPJ....

    Thanks for the advice Amasuperbike and DavidPJ. The tech said the thermostat did not have an option for an external sensor. Here's what the wiring looked like behind the fact plate:
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  23. Yes it was in recovery. I try to move the indoor...

    Yes it was in recovery. I try to move the indoor temperature in step with what's going on outside. I stay within a 2 to 3 degree swing. When it gets cold at night, I figure why make the heatpump...
  24. Thank you for the thoughtful reply!!! Glad to...

    Thank you for the thoughtful reply!!!

    Glad to hear it's wired correctly.

    Re BGE Peak REwards, I'm assuming you mean the full turn off in emergency mode. Yeah, I don't think it's ever happened,...
  25. Hey I'm just telling you what the genius tech...

    Hey I'm just telling you what the genius tech said. He didn't know what installer code #680 did. Wouldn't you think they would have learned that in thermostat training? He also didn't fix the battery...
  26. A simple, "yeah that's set up right", or "you...

    A simple, "yeah that's set up right", or "you need to hire a good tech to fix that mess" would suffice. Unless you're not sure.

    If I replace the T-stat, I need to buy a new one & I lose my rewards...
  27. Shoot. I thought I might get some replies by now....

    Shoot. I thought I might get some replies by now. :(
  28. Okay so the Honeywell "tech" came out yesterday....

    Okay so the Honeywell "tech" came out yesterday. As I assumed he was a early 20 someting year old who seemed not to have much knowledge of anything specific. We talked more about his pulled groin...
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    Good. Just adjusted my thermostat to reduce...

    Good.

    Just adjusted my thermostat to reduce the aggressiveness of auxilary heat usage and it's running even longer in regular compressor mode now. Seems like an odd thing to be happy about. "Hey,...
  30. Tech's coming today. Haven't had a chance to...

    Tech's coming today. Haven't had a chance to check for model #.

    Any last minute advice?

    I plan to ask about:
    1) getting a user and installation manual
    2) Checking batteries
    3) setting the...
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    There is a bit of dilemna in my mind though. I've...

    There is a bit of dilemna in my mind though. I've always heard that your heatpump is sized properly and will run most efficiently when it is constantly running (obviously not when oat are more...
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    I was being sarcastic. :rolleyes:

    I was being sarcastic. :rolleyes:
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    With that logic, they might as well just make the...

    With that logic, they might as well just make the damn thing automatically switch off the heatpump and use emergency heat whenever there are sub-freezing oat. That would be like 60% of the time where...
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    Oh so the compressor doesn't have to stop. Makes...

    Oh so the compressor doesn't have to stop. Makes sense otherwise you'd have the 5 minute wait. It's just a valve that reverses coolant direction?

    If so, then that shouldn't affect compressor life...
  35. Yes it definitely has a radio wire coming out of...

    Yes it definitely has a radio wire coming out of it that runs into the wall. I think it's for the future control you thermostat from a remote location feature.

    So installers are supposed to leave...
  36. Now we're getting somewhere! :patriot: I'll get...

    Now we're getting somewhere! :patriot: I'll get it for you by tomorrow.

    Although if Honeywell doesn't recognize the number, what makes you think anyone else will? I think BGE had the model number...
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    Thanks for the detailed explaination! So I'm...

    Thanks for the detailed explaination! So I'm assuming frost (by virtue of it being cold and blocking airflow) would cause the coil to cool down more quickly and thus result in coil temps that are...
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    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Sorry if I...

    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Sorry if I was snarky in the other thread. Didn't realize you had taken the time to explain more in this thread. ;)

    Now are you suggesting I actually throw a...
  39. Well the phone support is a Honeywell...

    Well the phone support is a Honeywell representative working for BGE. The technician is supposedly a Honeywell employee, but I bet they just subcontract out to local hvac companies...not sure.
    ...
  40. Actually I think they subcontract the...

    Actually I think they subcontract the installation out to some unknown company.

    I have access to 1000's professionals here who can give me a 1000 second opinions and get me informed before the...
  41. Help with BGE Peak Rewards Thermostat (Honeywell VisionPRO TH8000?) & aux heat

    So BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric) installed a Honeywell thermostat (that looks just like a VisionPRO TH8000) on my Payne PH10 Heatpump.

    It seems to go into aux heat way too easily. If I bump up...
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    I understand your example, but to me, turning on...

    I understand your example, but to me, turning on emergency heat every time there is precipitation when it's 40 degrees or lower would be like staying away from cars whenever it's precipitating and 40...
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    I don't think I'm doing anything to risk...

    I don't think I'm doing anything to risk compressor life. Nothing that I have done would lead to pressures rising that high.

    As far as setting the unit to emergency heat whenever their is...
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    Guess my jester's jig is over? Don't I amuse you...

    Guess my jester's jig is over? Don't I amuse you guys anymore?

    System is still running ok set at 50 minute defrost. Thinking of switching to 30 minute for the upcoming freezing rain and snow...
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    It doesn't always short cycle. Sometimes I hear...

    It doesn't always short cycle. Sometimes I hear it stay on for a couple minutes and see steam rising off. It's just that it often seems to go into defrost for a very short period of time when it...
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    Sounds logical. I've switched it back to 50...

    Sounds logical. I've switched it back to 50 minutes since the snow is done. It's working fine now.
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    You all done bickering and posturing? I don't...

    You all done bickering and posturing? I don't have time for that.

    So I dug out around the unit, and took some warm water out and poured it over the ice. Took about 5, 2 quart containers. Didn't...
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    I don't think so. If it were allowed to defrost...

    I don't think so. If it were allowed to defrost long enough I'm confident that the warmth generated would melt the external ice. I've seen it happen before. The manual says that icing over for a day...
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    No it defrosts, but the ice has built up on the...

    No it defrosts, but the ice has built up on the oitside of the case beyond the coils. So while the coils get defrosted, the sheet of ice outside the fins remains and blocks airflow. I went out and...
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    Now that's the spirit!!!::DD: COWABONGA!!!!

    Now that's the spirit!!!::DD: COWABONGA!!!!
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