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  1. You should not have paid any money to re-fill the...

    You should not have paid any money to re-fill the Freon. That was a complete waste of money. When they're empty, big mistake. Now you're out all that money and feel obligated to the original...
  2. Most all information seemed to be geared towards...

    Most all information seemed to be geared towards Spanish speaking individuals. They had a dehumidifier on their site though. Maybe you can buy one of those to help out. How many btu's was...
  3. As long as they are properly sized, you don't...

    As long as they are properly sized, you don't need to do anything except blow out with nitrogen, install a filter dryer and pull a vacuum to manufacturers specs. You don't need flush or anything...
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    If the old system was holding the house at 73...

    If the old system was holding the house at 73 during out hot summers, that was ideal. Actually a little oversized as it should hold 75 during our hottest part of the day. Not sure much can be...
  5. I really don't like the word hack and it's bad...

    I really don't like the word hack and it's bad that we as pro's toss each other under the bus so much to get a job. Most hvac companies do a good job, unfortunately we hear about the bad ones. I...
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    I will clarify my comments once again for you. ...

    I will clarify my comments once again for you. My statements about it costing 2 car payments was in no way a reference to you having a car payment. WHEN a circuit board goes out on your 19 seer...
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    I haven't replaced any aluminum ones yet, but...

    I haven't replaced any aluminum ones yet, but those tin plated Carrier coils are starting to leak now at 5 years.
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    You are completely missing the point of my post. ...

    You are completely missing the point of my post. I am a little more than a one man show, but not much more. I have almost all parts I need for repairs, very rarely do I have to drive to get a...
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    I'm great. I dislike 10 year parts warranties,...

    I'm great. I dislike 10 year parts warranties, I think they will hurt our industry in the next few years. All those standard 5 year parts warranties will start expiring where we made our money on...
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    Not me. I give them all the information and...

    Not me. I give them all the information and tell them to do it. I don't like 10 year parts warranties because of what this person is complaining of. We make money off selling parts and when...
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    I am fully stocked on capacitors and several...

    I am fully stocked on capacitors and several other items as well. I don't like driving to the supply house for parts. However, most manufacturers have a part number printed on their parts for...
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    They are covered, but my rate to drive to the...

    They are covered, but my rate to drive to the supply house to pick up new ones to install on your a/c system is more than you buying one from me that I have on the truck. You will also more than...
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    I'm in Austin as well. I think everybody has a...

    I'm in Austin as well. I think everybody has a high failure rate with copper, I will absolutely not put in a copper evaporator coil in. They have a 100% failure rate within 5 years I have found...
  14. You're getting hosed. You won't lose 2 lbs of...

    You're getting hosed. You won't lose 2 lbs of Freon in one day just because the caps were off unless there is another issue. I bet it won't be long they'll be wanting you to buy a new furnace and...
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    Who knows? Are they 115 volt window units...

    Who knows? Are they 115 volt window units plugged into a 115 volt outlet???
  16. They should call it LJ. Life's Junk. I'd go...

    They should call it LJ. Life's Junk. I'd go with the Friedrich if I were buying one.
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    I guess it depends on if you like it colder in...

    I guess it depends on if you like it colder in your house. If you like it 70 all the time when it's hot out, round up. If you like it 80 all the time when it's hot out. Go down.
  18. Nobody has any idea what you are even looking at....

    Nobody has any idea what you are even looking at. You are asking a very open ended question. Its like me asking you which pair of pants I should wear with my red shirt and you don't even know...
  19. I can buy a 6 cylinder Kia for $20K and a 6...

    I can buy a 6 cylinder Kia for $20K and a 6 cylinder Lexus for $70K. How can that be justified or explained? It's just what it costs, if you have a specific question, call Home Depot or Walmart...
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    Sometimes trying to save a few bucks costs more...

    Sometimes trying to save a few bucks costs more in the long run.
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    Don't put on the Ameristar. Entry level stuff....

    Don't put on the Ameristar. Entry level stuff. Ok when price is an issue. Go Trane since close to coast like JTrammel said.
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    Nothing to check, you fried the furnace, who...

    Nothing to check, you fried the furnace, who knows what. Probably the circuit board, possibly the motor, the transformer. Time for a new one most likely or very expensive repairs. Call out a pro...
  23. Those Carrier air handler coils are stupid priced...

    Those Carrier air handler coils are stupid priced to just buy the coil from the distributor. I'm not sure it justifies a new system, but definitely a new air handler.
  24. Waste of money. It will work, but why bother...

    Waste of money. It will work, but why bother installing this expensive unit unless you're going to match it to the proper furnace? I think I'd find a new contractor, this one is an idiot for even...
  25. Thread: Is it true?

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    Did this same unit used to blow harder or did...

    Did this same unit used to blow harder or did your old unit blow harder than this newer unit?
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    I actually had a lady want me to repair a window...

    I actually had a lady want me to repair a window unit. My service call and diagnostic was more than a new one costs.
  27. Sounds like it's time to call a pro out to take a...

    Sounds like it's time to call a pro out to take a look at it. Most likely wired incorrectly and burned up the new one. And no, it's not ok to put in a smaller blade fan, you won't be moving as...
  28. Like the old saying. Show up nekkid and bring...

    Like the old saying. Show up nekkid and bring beer. :cheers: I'm sure anything tool related would be appreciated.
  29. 10 years ago, most compressors had 5 year...

    10 years ago, most compressors had 5 year warranties unless an extended warranty was purchased, some nicer units had 10 year warranties. I don't know how long every single model number of a unit...
  30. I've personally heard nothing good about LG. A...

    I've personally heard nothing good about LG. A few supply houses carried the picture frame things for a while then they suddenly disappeared. Heard they were junk. Don't know for sure, never...
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    If they're putting Freon in it, it means there is...

    If they're putting Freon in it, it means there is a leak somewhere, this is part of your problem. Aside from that, what else do you have that is electric? A pool, lots of kids causing lots of...
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    If running 1 out of 2 units for 8 hrs a day once...

    If running 1 out of 2 units for 8 hrs a day once every 3 weeks lower than what you usually set it on is causing excessive electric bills you need to get your a/c checked out and your house. I can...
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    Why not just go to the other floor or put on a...

    Why not just go to the other floor or put on a sweater. Its much cheaper than installing a minisplit for just one room. If you have 2 systems on your house, I don't think your wife needing to...
  34. He probably could have done a little better...

    He probably could have done a little better breaking everything down for you. But repairing a 15 year old a/c system isn't like an old car. You can rebuild a motor or due a tune up on a car. On...
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    Nope
  36. I agree, but I wouldn't be so quick as to jump on...

    I agree, but I wouldn't be so quick as to jump on the tech without knowing him. Who honestly wants to own a 15 year old anything? A TXV repair or coil change will be pricey and when something goes...
  37. 13 seer isn't going to last until June 2016. My...

    13 seer isn't going to last until June 2016. My distributors are already running out of what they stocked up on prior to January 1. I give it another month or 2 and 13 seer will be a thing of the...
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    35 year old air handler? Has anyone checked to...

    35 year old air handler? Has anyone checked to make sure the coil is clean? Where do you live?
  39. That series furnace will work with a...

    That series furnace will work with a communicating or non-communicating thermostat. It is either or type of thing. I'm sure he didn't charge you for it. If you would like one, then expect to pay...
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    Transfer guys to the new branch or don't run 24...

    Transfer guys to the new branch or don't run 24 service there.
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    I wouldn't put a lot of time, money or energy...

    I wouldn't put a lot of time, money or energy into a 16 year old a/c. I'd start thinking about replacing it.
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    Its 83 in the house and there is 48 degree air...

    Its 83 in the house and there is 48 degree air coming out of the registers? That seems a little high to me and probably not correct. Its really hard to fix anything over the computer. I'd try...
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    Stick it out. Nobody does everything perfect...

    Stick it out. Nobody does everything perfect anywhere. Do it the right way and don't worry about anybody else.
  44. Thread: Average wage

    by bmathews
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    I would say you shouldn't be making less than...

    I would say you shouldn't be making less than $30/hr + at 11 years. At this 11 years, you should be able to fix almost anything without assistance from anybody and be asked for advice from junior...
  45. Thread: Average wage

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    My scenario is residential. I'm not familiar...

    My scenario is residential. I'm not familiar with commercial as I don't focus on it and do very little. I'm that fat cat CEO the other guy speaks of. I have a guy that works for me and I'm ...
  46. Thread: Average wage

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    If they are billing out at $90/hr and paying him...

    If they are billing out at $90/hr and paying him $25/hr with benefits, I guarantee they are losing money. Depending on the benefits being paid, he is costing at least $40/hr. Figure that you...
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    I'm not sure why you continue to call out the...

    I'm not sure why you continue to call out the same company if they can't fix it. You also didn't say if these were the fuses for the air handler or condenser. I'll assume condenser if they are...
  48. I guess if it makes noise when started up, he's...

    I guess if it makes noise when started up, he's going to have to come back and install after the fact.
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    Don't overthink the vent hood. I doubt it moves...

    Don't overthink the vent hood. I doubt it moves 600 cfm of air. Hook it up like you are planning, it's not going to hurt anything. And don't worry about the makeup air unless you'll be...
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    I'll assume you have gas available. If you do. ...

    I'll assume you have gas available. If you do. Is it piped to where the existing air handler is? Lots of work and money involved, might be about as much as doing some energy upgrades.
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