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    I'm a home owner with not the same problem, but a...

    I'm a home owner with not the same problem, but a similar situation. My 2 units both have returns in an upstairs hallway. I had a FanHandler installed so the fan can run continuously and keep the hot...
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    Is this misinformation?

    http://www.city-data.com/forum/new-jersey/285164-has-anyone-put-geothermal-heat-pump.html

    ^^ This thread asks about geothermal in NJ. Frankly, I don't know enough to give advise, but wanted to...
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    OK Job is done and ***UPDATE*** First, in...

    OK Job is done and ***UPDATE***

    First, in response to the above post... I think it's a 13 seer unit, if I remember correctly. Also, I do have the Fanhandler control on the system. I do not know if...
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    Ultimately he WAS the cheapest. Good job. I would...

    Ultimately he WAS the cheapest. Good job. I would have also told him that I cancelled the third estimate. That would tell him he's doing a good job right off the bat. Cream rises to the top....
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    I purposely installed insulation in every single...

    I purposely installed insulation in every single wall and ceiling of my house. I did it for sound purposes, but I wonder if this would also help in keeping in the rooms longer and making the systems...
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    Oh man. Like I said up top, I write shorter posts...

    Oh man. Like I said up top, I write shorter posts because it's hard to convey what I'm thinking into words. I truly did not mean to offend anyone. I am grateful for the help, and YOU have helped a...
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    LOL This is getting funny. What you wrote above...

    LOL This is getting funny. What you wrote above and what I said to the guy are two different things. I said it "MAY" be the capacitor. That's it. I didn't really think it was a big deal. I have...
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    If someone's working in my house past noon, I buy...

    If someone's working in my house past noon, I buy them lunch every time. I've always done it this way with every contractor, unless they insist otherwise.

    I usually give them a couple options of...
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    Keepyoucool, I understand what you mean, but you...

    Keepyoucool, I understand what you mean, but you think the above is out of line? I think it's a very fair statement. Had you heard the conversation, it wasn't in any way demanding. Of course I will...
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    This is exactly what I got the FH for. I run my...

    This is exactly what I got the FH for. I run my units slow 24/7 in non cooling months. The rest sounds good on paper, but I'm not so sure it really works like that. Maybe mine isn't set right, I...
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    I could be wrong, just a HO, but I think the...

    I could be wrong, just a HO, but I think the fanhandler just ramps up and down the speed of the motor WITHIN it's normal operating parameters. Isn't that right? It doesn't "slow down" anything for...
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    Someone's coming by tomorrow to look at it. I...

    Someone's coming by tomorrow to look at it. I tried explaining to him over the phone what was wrong and that it may be the capacitor. I only told him that in case he would carry them on the truck, to...
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    I have the Fanhandler installed in my system. I...

    I have the Fanhandler installed in my system. I originally wanted it in both units but never got around to putting it on the second floor unit. My reason for installing it was running the blower...
  14. You never know, it could be a shady (or careless)...

    You never know, it could be a shady (or careless) contractor who placed insulation in your ducts somewhere down the line where it is inaccessible.

    I have to ask.. All your recessed lights are...
  15. Stupid suggestions, and you may have tried them...

    Stupid suggestions, and you may have tried them already but...

    Try not using the hvac for a day or two and see if you get the same amount of dust. Try and not opening the exterior doors for a...
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    The fan is turning normally. I think it's the...

    The fan is turning normally. I think it's the same effect that you see when viewing a computer monitor on TV where it flickers. It just catches the fps a little differently. Fan spins normally...
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    After listening to it again, I do hear it louder...

    After listening to it again, I do hear it louder at start up for about 3 seconds. Then it gets lower, BUT it is still loud but not as loud as the first 3 seconds or so.

    The blades are spinning at...
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    Not sure what happened. The video was just under...

    Not sure what happened. The video was just under 60 seconds , but when I tried vewing it, it was only a few seconds.
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    View My Video...

    View My Video


    OK ^^^^ Here's the video with sound of the outside unit making the noise. It's always loud like that now. I go closer to the unit down near the bottom where you hear it more.

    I...
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    Yes shophound, I understand. I actually did just...

    Yes shophound, I understand. I actually did just videotape it but I'm having trouble loading it right now. If I can, I'll post it up.

    BigJ, it IS a consistant noise without stopping the whole...
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    Great idea, but in this case, it is the same...

    Great idea, but in this case, it is the same noise but louder. Either way, I wouldn't fix it myself anyway and need a tech. I just thought I would know what's going on. thanks again.
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    OK Thank you all! I'll check for anything...

    OK Thank you all!

    I'll check for anything hitting the fan, but i very qquickly did that when I first heard the sound. Can't hurt to take a closer look.

    I will get it looked at but maybe next...
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    No, nothing hitting the fan. The units are...

    No, nothing hitting the fan. The units are sitting by themselves on the side of the house. AC only.

    Maybe it is because it ran in colder weather. I just didn't know if that noise could happen from...
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    Hmmm, I couldn't tell you because I don't really...

    Hmmm, I couldn't tell you because I don't really notice it anymore. I just set it at 73 and forget it all summer. It has gotten to the 40's on at least one night but I don't know if the AC ran during...
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    My AC sounds different. Louder.

    My outside unit which I could barely hear before when inside my house is now clearly audible when it comes on. Still cools well though. The sound is almost exactly like when (old school) you put a...
  26. Try a little bit of higher than normal positive...

    Try a little bit of higher than normal positive pressure for a day or two just to see if anything is affected. Make sure you filter that air coming in really well as to not affect your experiment.
    ...
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    I don't have a variable speed fan, but I do run...

    I don't have a variable speed fan, but I do run my unit continuously. After the humidity levels rose to unacceptable levels in the summer months, I stopped doing that, but I still do it in the other...
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    Oh OK. I'm glad I didn't try and "help out" by...

    Oh OK. I'm glad I didn't try and "help out" by pointing it out to someone. lol thanks for the replies.


    I'm sure they do have some rooms that need cooling or whatever in the hospital, so it makes...
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    Just curious.. after seeing this today.

    I was on the 5th floor of a hospital, looking down on one of their rooftops where the outside condensors were sitting. One of the condensers was turning on for 3 seconds or so and stopping just long...
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    http://www.batticdoor.com/dryerventseal.html ...

    http://www.batticdoor.com/dryerventseal.html


    This ^^^ may help. Not sure if it works or not, I have no experience with them. It says it will stop air from coming into a 3 or 4? inch duct with an...
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    Like is always said before on this site, you must...

    Like is always said before on this site, you must find the source of the problem and go from there. Clean ducts or not, if you have other issues such as humidity or lack of proper air exchanges, or...
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    Have you considered proper ventilation? Your...

    Have you considered proper ventilation? Your house may or may not need it, but if you do have "stale" air, it can also contribute to those issues.

    I am a homeowner going through the same thing...
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    Genesis, can we see the test results anywhere?...

    Genesis, can we see the test results anywhere? Link? Thanks
  34. Thanks! That does look good because of the...

    Thanks! That does look good because of the non-drain issue. I had not considered an ERV too much and was leaning more towards the fresh air vent or the Whole house Ventilating Dehumidifier.

    I...
  35. HRV, ERV, Ventilating... dehumidifer, Fresh air vent?

    My main concern is fresh air.

    A little info first...

    1500 sf house in NJ. 1st floor open floor plan =800sf. 2nd fl. bedrooms = 700 sf.

    + basement approximately 700 sf.

    2 central AC and...
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    I am a homeowner... One thing I've noticed is...

    I am a homeowner...

    One thing I've noticed is that you should never have a HO know more than you. It sounds obvious, but it does happen. They will lose respect and see through the BS if you make...
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    Is it possible he is using a heat pump without a...

    Is it possible he is using a heat pump without a dual fuel system? Either way, under 50 degrees isn't that bad for a HP. Maybe it's not set up properly. Just wondering...

    but true, not enough...
  38. If someone called 20 contractors and it's still...

    If someone called 20 contractors and it's still not enough, then something is terribly wrong. Whether it's the HO or the contractors or the industry itself, something is terribly wrong.
  39. I strongly believe 'knowledge' and 'experience'...

    I strongly believe 'knowledge' and 'experience' are two very different things. You can read all the info out there, and understand it, but nothing beats experience in addition to that knowledge.

    ...
  40. Thread: Tipping

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    I agree with not tipping the owner. I don't tip...

    I agree with not tipping the owner. I don't tip money anymore unless it's a helper and he's done a good job.

    I DO usually buy lunch for everyone though. Owner or not, I buy it for the whole crew....
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    Johsp, it is I who didn't know if it was steam or...

    Johsp, it is I who didn't know if it was steam or not. Thanks for all the replies. I don't know if I'll get a pic, but if I do, I'll post it.

    I also have a funny pic of my boiler which was hooked...
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    Update... I just saw the contractor today who...

    Update... I just saw the contractor today who will be doing the work. He delivered the boiler today.

    I regret to say, the person installing the boiler has just delivered it and has not done a load...
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    Wow doc. That's a nice incentive to go for a...

    Wow doc. That's a nice incentive to go for a variable speed he for my next system. i made a thread about it that may have some issues with it though due to my ducts. Still, HE and variable speed is...
  44. My first floor forced air system is 100k btu for...

    My first floor forced air system is 100k btu for about 800sf. I also have a smaller 2nd floor system in place. The 100k is too large for the space(in NJ) but when I had it tested and "gfixed"...
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    Yes, that does seem low. I was just repeating...

    Yes, that does seem low. I was just repeating what I've read in a thread here today. I'm sure it's still much lower than what I'm getting now. I do plan on running both units 24/7 as I like the...
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    OK Thanks for the info. It may pay back in time...

    OK Thanks for the info. It may pay back in time with the figures bornriding gave. I just figured it to be a bit much in utilities with two units that I will be running. The second one is smaller...
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    My RUUD motor in the attic is using 3 or 3,5 amps...

    My RUUD motor in the attic is using 3 or 3,5 amps at the low speed when my installer gauged it last winter. He installed a Fanhandler adjustable speed devise on it. I was going to switch out the...
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    Thanks guys, I will be mentioning these points.

    Thanks guys, I will be mentioning these points.
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    Thanks. I did not know if the load calc still had...

    Thanks. I did not know if the load calc still had to be done when there was existing radiators in the house. I'm assuming they're not sized correctly or in the right locations, as it's a very old...
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    My MIL has a very old oil boiler that finally...

    My MIL has a very old oil boiler that finally stopped working. It was operating radiators in her 3 floors. She is now having it replaced to a natural gas boiler.

    I don't know what size the old...
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