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  1. Steve, I'm sorry but your concept of how these...

    Steve, I'm sorry but your concept of how these systems work is deeply flawed.

    If your friend knows what he's doing, you will just be getting in his way, and if he doesn't you won't be able to...
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    Any pro should be able to do it properly. Make...

    Any pro should be able to do it properly.

    Make sure they check your combustion with a combustion analyzer.
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    Does it have any kind of export function at all?...

    Does it have any kind of export function at all?

    CSV is all you need.
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    I wouldn't trust a phone app to measure decibels...

    I wouldn't trust a phone app to measure decibels accurately, you would need a wind sock to have any kind of reliability. I would suggest 16 seer or higher if noise is important to you. Condensers in...
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    ok. personally I hate working on rooftop units...

    ok.

    personally I hate working on rooftop units and I think many residential guys do.

    Trane units tend rto be very quiet, but any two stage unit will make most people happy. One unit to check...
  6. Let's focus on the problem. your ducts aren't...

    Let's focus on the problem.

    your ducts aren't delivering the cooling capacity of your system.

    this goes back to the installation and upkeep of the system.

    What can we do with your current...
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    Do you want to pay extra for installation,...

    Do you want to pay extra for installation, maintenance, and repairs? Or I guess I should ask, do you realize this is a likely outcome?
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    well hell... that's better than I got! good...

    well hell...


    that's better than I got! good for you!
  9. What is the model number of the valve?

    What is the model number of the valve?
  10. Lots of techs will look at headache installs and...

    Lots of techs will look at headache installs and not mention it. My suggestion (without seeing what's going on) is to have the guy suggest what he thinks is appropriate for the repair. I would also...
  11. Hi again Bonnie. I'm still struggling with this...

    Hi again Bonnie. I'm still struggling with this one. I can't decide if there are communication issues with stuff getting relayed back and forth, or if the tech is either incompetent or deceptive or...
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    lol They ARE ok if you baby them, but even...

    lol

    They ARE ok if you baby them, but even then I don't think they measure up to the Digicools.

    One killer feature is that the AK's put all the pertinent Data on one screen, and that's a huge...
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    TWO WEEKS?!?!?! You LUCKY BASTARD!! We'll...

    TWO WEEKS?!?!?!

    You LUCKY BASTARD!!

    We'll call you "Gentle Mike"

    -I own a Dead 550, and a live AK900
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    Bonefish, how does that spilt out for...

    Bonefish, how does that spilt out for latent/sensible?

    tell us about your house.

    age, sf by floor, construction, insulation,location- city state
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    That's a 5 ton unit. Efficiency ratings go down...

    That's a 5 ton unit. Efficiency ratings go down as the size of the system goes up

    How did the contractor determine the size of the system?
  16. I say do it! You'll need somewhere to spend...

    I say do it!

    You'll need somewhere to spend all that cash you saved vs getting it done right, and where better than your utility bills, repair bills and replacement bills!!

    It's Synchronicity!
  17. Maybe it's just me, but that doesn't look like...

    Maybe it's just me, but that doesn't look like it's lying flat does it? Or is that just the camera lens?

    if so, what's under it?

    and what an odd thing to put in the return air path....

    I say...
  18. I haven't done one in a while, but aren't...

    I haven't done one in a while, but aren't Honeywell units still rebadged Lifebreath units?
  19. You're not rambling, you just trying to tell us...

    You're not rambling, you just trying to tell us as much as you can.

    Check that the other guys have said (with system running)
    and call for a pro. turning the system off is always a good idea when...
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    testo is good for loooong turnaround times and...

    testo is good for loooong turnaround times and poor customer service.

    If I had to guess I would say 1 month to get your valves.

    I can't see myself investing in another testo manifold when AK900...
  21. It's been my experience that it's very hard to...

    It's been my experience that it's very hard to get a contractor to do things in a way that they aren't used to. It's an old Dog, new trick scenario. If you feel this builder is your best option, you...
  22. Ill do you a solid brother, here's the deal. ...

    Ill do you a solid brother, here's the deal.


    Get a pro!
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    Sorry i saw this late pacnw, I've got a dead 550...

    Sorry i saw this late pacnw, I've got a dead 550 i could have sent them off to you!
  24. Needs to be moved -I suggest tips and tricks

    Needs to be moved -I suggest tips and tricks
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    Lots of guys in HVAC started out as Carpenters-...

    Lots of guys in HVAC started out as Carpenters- or worse, LOL. Trust me when I say this stuff doesn't come easy. It's WAAAAAY more technical than the outsider would ever know. There's what is on the...
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    MRAD, looking at your photo it seems there would...

    MRAD, looking at your photo it seems there would be room for a 16x25 filter, but I'm not there. I tipicaly replace the RA drop so that I match the duct dimension to the filter opening and the trunk...
  27. I too am very confused... OP appears prone to...

    I too am very confused...

    OP appears prone to randomness!

    Trane/ American standard = same/same

    The shell and the badge differ. On occasion there MIGHT be a product that gets released first...
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    I fully understand sometimes space limits what...

    I fully understand sometimes space limits what you can do, I deal with it everyday, believe me! I also (obviously) don't know what you are dealing with exactly. Your new furnace might be wider, or...
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    just keep in mind that "magic 3 bid" number works...

    just keep in mind that "magic 3 bid" number works only if you get at least 1 good contractor in the mix and you can figure out who's who!

    Expect to do some digging. I suggest you stick around and...
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    I would say you are nutz (no offense intended) if...

    I would say you are nutz (no offense intended) if you think you can get an entire HVAC system properly installed for $ especially in California, but at the same time there are some folks advertising...
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    suit yourself. properly installed, your system...

    suit yourself. properly installed, your system will be in operation for 20 years, maybe more. restriction to airflow is one of the more significant determining factors to efficiency and longevity.
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    As others have said- making assumtions at this...

    As others have said- making assumtions at this point will be vary dangerous and costly later.

    You match the heating/cooling load of the home (manual J) with the equipment (manual S) then you know...
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    Be aware that the position of any air filter is...

    Be aware that the position of any air filter is critical to best performance, and many media(wide) filters are placed in a compromising position.

    The best location is with a straight duct on both...
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    It's a DIY zoning system, significantly worse...

    It's a DIY zoning system, significantly worse than a professional zoning system that I wouldn't recommend anyway.



    Please take no offense, but we understand these systems and you don't. sorry...
  35. Doug, you're talking like an engineer and that's...

    Doug, you're talking like an engineer and that's fine. But you lack the field experience of a service pro. Keep that in mind. If I had a ECM I would let it run at the lowest RPM that would do the...
  36. There are so many things that go into a quality...

    There are so many things that go into a quality install as this situation clearly shows, and the list can vary wildly depending on the home. Opinions on this will cove a whole spectrum, i can only...
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    Ok, I really appreciate the follow up Jtrammel....

    Ok, I really appreciate the follow up Jtrammel. Believe me when I say I'm all over static pressure as a system metric (as if my RA wasn't a hint) I actually expected more comments on that. Personally...
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    hmmmm... Ok.... I keep getting those first two. ...

    hmmmm... Ok.... I keep getting those first two. So let talk about this!

    1) flue & drain- so, What's wrong with the flue and the drain? first, I don't see anything wrong with the venting (other...
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    yea, there were some dangling threads in these...

    yea, there were some dangling threads in these photos. The lineset? I was still doing checks on the system. The condensate line? it might not be obvious in the photos, but the gas line frames the...
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    Probably was condemned. Not my photo, but that...

    Probably was condemned. Not my photo, but that looks like a basement foundation to me- no vents, and the concrete is sticking out of the ground more than it would be for a crawlspace. also slab...
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    yep! It's no joke! ...

    yep!

    It's no joke!

    http://www.staufferandsons.com/wp-content/uploads/expandable-soils-cracking-walls.jpg
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    That's code around here- as are gas flex...

    That's code around here- as are gas flex connectors and the same for water heater pipe connections when you are on a non-floating floor. The bentonite in our clay soil makes everything shift over...
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    My Version of Quailty

    To be honest I see stuff get posted that really chaps my butt. So I thought it only fair to post my stuff and let others fire away at it, so Here we go:

    AMANA
    AMVM97100 (21inch cabinet)...
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    I'm DYING to know how he "fixed" the ducts. ...

    I'm DYING to know how he "fixed" the ducts.

    Pictures are a HUGE plus!
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    ohhh man... I just have to laugh. I am on a tear...

    ohhh man... I just have to laugh. I am on a tear tonight.

    I have news for you. 11 years old isn't very old at all.

    The comfort issues and your equipment failures are likely to be linked, and...
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    chicken/rabbit wire works. just make sure the...

    chicken/rabbit wire works.

    just make sure the dog doesn't pee on the condenser... that will cost you big time!!!!
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    http://www.ashireporter.org/photos/thumbnails/2011...

    http://www.ashireporter.org/photos/thumbnails/2011_01/Gas12.jpg

    The pipe on the right is brazed.

    The pipe on the left is soldered.

    If they didn't you can't do much about it now. Many...
  48. well late to the party... but here's my two...

    well late to the party...


    but here's my two pieces of copper.

    ALL ALL ALL

    brands have various quality issues at times. If you go back 15 years, I would agree that I would never install...
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    Sorry to hear you're having trouble. the Trane...

    Sorry to hear you're having trouble. the Trane brand (or any other) won't save you from a bad install. When money is tight I always recommend cutting costs on brand, efficiency, extra features, just...
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    I'm going to suggest some things to you so this...

    I'm going to suggest some things to you so this conversation bears fruit- as it is now this could just go around and around endlessly.

    First- please tell us what you mean by "short cycling" in...
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