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    I probably wouldn't have let them split it 50/50....

    I probably wouldn't have let them split it 50/50. But given them a reduced rate as there is some diagnostic time included in there. I definitely wouldn't have laughed. Just told them we can...
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    I don't advertise it and won't do it. I'll tell...

    I don't advertise it and won't do it. I'll tell people we will be out tomorrow after about 5pm unless I'm close.
  3. Thread: New AC Blues

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    I think TDLR will do something. They will at...

    I think TDLR will do something. They will at least approach the hvac company about taking care of the customer. If not, they will do an investigation which will likely result in pretty hefty...
  4. Thread: New AC Blues

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    My advice is to ask them nicely to take their...

    My advice is to ask them nicely to take their equipment back and refund your money or you'll be calling the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. If that doesn't snap them to attention ...
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    If you are an electrical contractor. Stay in...

    If you are an electrical contractor. Stay in that business. Easier on the body.
  6. You paid for a 16 seer but he gave you an 18 seer...

    You paid for a 16 seer but he gave you an 18 seer for no extra cost. Not sure how that is suspicious. Not sure about Luxaire as it's not a brand carried locally. But the cost of an 18 seer...
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    Nah It's quieter to vent it out so you don't...

    Nah It's quieter to vent it out so you don't get busted by prying eyes.
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    I don't think anybody cares unless you're state...

    I don't think anybody cares unless you're state licensing board are arseholes. I see used equipment on craigslist all the time.
  9. Thread: york system

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    I guess that's the only way York can get people...

    I guess that's the only way York can get people to buy their junk. Sell on Craigslist. :angel:
  10. Thread: TXV Woes

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    I've knocked the poop out of many compressors and...

    I've knocked the poop out of many compressors and it's never affected anything. 184 and 38 as pressures on a 96 degree day would be my first sign something is the matter. Sounds low on freon to...
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    Most likely. It would be about a 10 year old...

    Most likely. It would be about a 10 year old system now. R22 more popular 10 years ago. Especially on a trane
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    I had a compressor go out on a Trane several...

    I had a compressor go out on a Trane several years ago. It was warranty and they gave me a new compressor, we changed it out and got it running no problems. About a year later I get a call from...
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    This is so full of crap. You contradicted...

    This is so full of crap. You contradicted yourself in the first page of posts. You didn't catch it being a 2 stage until you installed it but quoted a 2 stage without thinking about it. Who in...
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    Don't think it matters. I've done both and it...

    Don't think it matters. I've done both and it hasn't made a difference in the hundreds of startups I've done. Don't overthink what we do for a living. It's really not that hard or...
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    We will see where it goes. I kept my mouth shut...

    We will see where it goes. I kept my mouth shut the whole time. Never claimed responsibility for it, said was faulty drain pan from manufacturer, clogged primary drains are common and the pan...
  16. Thread: new too site

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    No you don't. If you give tech support and not a...

    No you don't. If you give tech support and not a pro. They give you 99 lashes. Just apply to be a pro you have your post count up. They want some sort of verification you are a pro and not a...
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    Listening to a customer complain because of...

    Listening to a customer complain because of employees. Some of it justified and more often than not it isn't. Getting a call because of some little leaf that blew in the door so we left the...
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    If they have a history of it. Fire them as your...

    If they have a history of it. Fire them as your customer. Not worth it. I just tell people it will be a few days until we can get there. They'll call somebody else.
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    That's why you always tell them what it's going...

    That's why you always tell them what it's going to cost upfront. That way they can decline and you can move on.
  20. Thread: new too site

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    Who cares about answering questions for some...

    Who cares about answering questions for some homeowner in BFE. Its the discussions the pros have in the areas you can't access that are the benefit to you. You aren't here to help Joe Blow,...
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    No way. When I was an employee that was great. ...

    No way. When I was an employee that was great. Fixing the issue and handing them the bill and collecting. Very satisfying. If you look at what people pay for getting their yards mowed or other...
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    If you have the time. The isolation test is...

    If you have the time. The isolation test is the best way to find it. Pressurize the evaporator coil, each copper line and condenser separately. If it only takes an hour to lose 60 psi, then it...
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    Get your post count up and apply to be a pro. ...

    Get your post count up and apply to be a pro. There are better areas of the site once you do
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    This is the best part of the job. Looking at...

    This is the best part of the job. Looking at the checks and running credit cards.
  25. Bingo. We have a winner. Never get yourself...

    Bingo. We have a winner. Never get yourself into a job you can't buy yourself out of.
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    Call the supply house and ask them what size it...

    Call the supply house and ask them what size it should be. Faster than screwing around looking at books and manuals.
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    You are creating a new and untested refrigerant. ...

    You are creating a new and untested refrigerant. So not only is it frowned upon. I'd guess its against the law somewhere.
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    You realize there isn't a one size fits all for...

    You realize there isn't a one size fits all for superheat. You calculate it based on indoor wet bulb and outdoor dry bulb. It is an ever moving target based on the conditions the a/c system is...
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    I almost had one today. Person called about no...

    I almost had one today. Person called about no display on the thermostat. Asked him if he tried changing the batteries. No, but he took them out and switched them from one location to the...
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    And after you've done enough you can come pretty...

    And after you've done enough you can come pretty darned close to what size it is. I think the worst I've come off is off 1/2 a ton in the quote vs the load calculation. Usually I thought a 3 ton...
  31. Thread: OVER CHARGED

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    I'm guessing by your other post you're suspecting...

    I'm guessing by your other post you're suspecting the coil is dirty. Not sure why you're posting on here about the coil being dirty. Rather than take the time to post on here and ask. I'd take...
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    Look at the blower. It if is the original one...

    Look at the blower. It if is the original one and it's filthy dirty, chances are the coil is as well. High superheat will also be an indicator it could be dirty.
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    If you know you did right and the other guy is...

    If you know you did right and the other guy is supposedly what the OP says he is. Who gives a crap what anybody thinks? I have enough confidence in myself and my skills not to care about others...
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    Not sure it matters what we or anybody else...

    Not sure it matters what we or anybody else thinks. It only matters what the guy who signs the paychecks thinks.
  35. I've installed one of those, but it was in a drop...

    I've installed one of those, but it was in a drop down ceiling. We used gravity for the drain as I recall. Nothing was visible except for the bottom of the unit. We used all thread to hang it.
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    As long as they are properly sized, you can...

    As long as they are properly sized, you can re-use the old line set.
  37. Thread: Any tricks?

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    If you're going to spend an entire day trying to...

    If you're going to spend an entire day trying to do it. You're wasting your time and people's money. Pull a new wire someplace else and move on.
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    The first thing to learn is people skills. ...

    The first thing to learn is people skills. That is how to have thick skin as you are the bearer of bad tidings. The next most important thing to learn about people skills is to have respect for...
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    People on here aren't the typical jack offs you...

    People on here aren't the typical jack offs you see at the supply houses. Most of us on here follow the rules and do things right or at least try too. This is nothing as far as a level of...
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    I wouldn't worry about it too much. As long as...

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. As long as you get paid.
  41. Thread: Man j

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    1.5 or 2 ton heat pump depending on how cold you...

    1.5 or 2 ton heat pump depending on how cold you like it when it's hot out and the smallest furnace you can buy in your brand.
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    My costs weren't astronomical at all. I already...

    My costs weren't astronomical at all. I already had a truck I used at first, even if you don't have one, you don't need to spend $30K on a truck starting out, I had my tools I'd purchased through...
  43. Sounds like there is a little more to this story...

    Sounds like there is a little more to this story you are not telling. I can see a contractor for whatever their justification is for not wanting to pull the motor. But several other contractors...
  44. Seems like a pretty simple fix. Just raise it...

    Seems like a pretty simple fix. Just raise it up .
  45. Its all cutesy, gadgety crap for homeowners to...

    Its all cutesy, gadgety crap for homeowners to waste money on. Just bite the bullet and install 3 separate systems. Its going to be painful upfront, but worth it in the end. Your other...
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    The furnace seems a little big for the size area...

    The furnace seems a little big for the size area you're heating. As far as sizing of ducts. Who really knows based on the room size. It depends on how much load is on that room. It sounds...
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    Most on here completely understand the Infinity...

    Most on here completely understand the Infinity wiring. Give up trying to do it yourself. You will fry a circuit board and they are not cheap. You will need to pull more wires if you only...
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    The infinity thermostat cost more than your...

    The infinity thermostat cost more than your router and is pretty much the best communicating thermostat on the market as well. You have a 50/50 chance what's causing the issue. My money is on...
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    If you're electronically inclined, then it should...

    If you're electronically inclined, then it should be pretty easy to figure out. Don't waste your money on a duct fan. I'd run another duct or increase the size of the one you have.
  50. From what I understand. The Ameristar furnaces...

    From what I understand. The Ameristar furnaces are made in the US at the Trane/American Standard factory as China cannot meet the safety issues that America requires. The condensers, evaporator...
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