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    All I can tell you is that we've had some...

    All I can tell you is that we've had some personal experience with Chinese made black pipe that would come out just like what you've got in those pictures. We switched back to known quality pipe and...
  2. On the ones that are exhibiting the low suction...

    On the ones that are exhibiting the low suction pressure check to see if they installed the air handler in a manner where its return is tapped into the side of the cabinet instead of pulling through...
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    Coil looks good to me. I'm failing to see the...

    Coil looks good to me. I'm failing to see the failure. Rotting leaves can cause premature rustout on the bottom of an accumulator but this doesn't look like a heat pump.
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    Ooo, good catch! I didn't notice that the hoses...

    Ooo, good catch! I didn't notice that the hoses are on the blank holding nipples, not the pressure connections. Funny.
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    We had two Rheem / Ruud split heat pump outdoor...

    We had two Rheem / Ruud split heat pump outdoor units that had locked themselves out on low pressure, I am assuming, during the fairly harsh winter we had here in the Nashville TN area. Didn't find...
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    I can't imagine that exposed Romex going into the...

    I can't imagine that exposed Romex going into the bottom of the disconnect would pass a code inspection in any county. You say he's an electrician? Scarry. Duct work looks beautiful.
  7. "Neil" should be "Heil". Dang auto-correct.

    "Neil" should be "Heil". Dang auto-correct.
  8. Oops, it looks like you already knew that. :) ...

    Oops, it looks like you already knew that. :)

    On the one Neil packaged unit I've worked on that used this type of compressor it had Y1 & Y2 and the only way to put the compressor into 100% mode...
  9. Just wanted to chime in here real quick to...

    Just wanted to chime in here real quick to hopefully prevent you from frying that solenoid there. I'm pretty sure that is a DC voltage solenoid. Hopefully someone who knows a lot more than me about...
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    Was this a Polaris dealership? I've got a buddy...

    Was this a Polaris dealership? I've got a buddy from Sunday school who owns one of those Slingshots. It's fun to watch people walk by it. They always stop and stare for at least five seconds.
  11. +1 on that. Inquiring minds would like to know. :)

    +1 on that. Inquiring minds would like to know. :)
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    I have a customer with this compressor and the...

    I have a customer with this compressor and the solenoid shorted to ground blowing the control fuse. I just have him in 1st stage cooling, which is 67% of full capacity, and told him a new compressor...
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    x2 on the fishy part, and yes, I had something...

    x2 on the fishy part, and yes, I had something somewhat similar happen recently actually. Customer's only complaint and reason for having me out was for no heat getting to a couple rooms. Upon...
  14. I bet whomever installed that would also...

    I bet whomever installed that would also subscribe to the logic that "two ten inch returns are just as good as one twenty inch duct on this here 5 ton A/C!". :)
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    Only did it once. Purchased correct size bit from...

    Only did it once. Purchased correct size bit from local supply house, held each orifice with pliers and used a black n Decker plug in drill. Used a scratch awl to "x" our the old size and scratched...
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    prtadco, next time try holding down the alt key...

    prtadco, next time try holding down the alt key while typing 027 on the numeric keypad (normally far right side of keyboard) but first make sure numlock is on. That is the key code for esc. As soon...
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    The wife brined ours overnight in a water mixture...

    The wife brined ours overnight in a water mixture with a cup of salt and a cup of sugar. Cooked a little over 2 hours at 275 foil tented and breast down, then removed foil, upped oven temp around a...
  18. 7-10 is about right for here in middle Tennessee,...

    7-10 is about right for here in middle Tennessee, but a little closer to 7. In my experience these are the shortest lived AND most expensive inducers on the residential market. 90 out of 100 will...
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    Heck no! More power to them if they find a...

    Heck no! More power to them if they find a legitimate contractor willing to do it but I guarantee that our small company would not. The only customer purchased item I can remember ever installing is...
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    Yeah, I've had LCD multi-meters not display at...

    Yeah, I've had LCD multi-meters not display at all or only partially due to extreme cold. Also had one that I had left in direct sunlight too long that I could not read until it had cooled overnight....
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    Wow. The flex hiding in there is probably...

    Wow. The flex hiding in there is probably marginal to begin with and then if it is actually resting on that cross member then that is cutting out an extra 20% or more.
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    Also make sure your blower is running in heat...

    Also make sure your blower is running in heat mode and the indoor coil is clean. Either of those will go high on head in heat.
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    First thing that comes to mind is the outdoor...

    First thing that comes to mind is the outdoor coil TXV, assuming it's not piston instead. Fairly common failure is the tiny capulary tube connecting the sensing bulb has been rubbing on something and...
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    Your question got me curious since I had never...

    Your question got me curious since I had never tried saving other people's pictures viewed in Tap-a-Talk, so I gave it a try. If you tap on any particular picture to view it full screen you should...
  25. I have installed many of these with great success...

    I have installed many of these with great success when the flat part has rusted off the compressor terminals. It's called Term-Lok. Takes some time and patients to do properly, especially if you...
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    Three seasons ago we tried Super Seal on a...

    Three seasons ago we tried Super Seal on a handfull of residential systems and had the same results as many of you - half of the compressors locked rotor to where even a hard start would not get it...
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    Geodan, do you know about how hot your attic gets...

    Geodan, do you know about how hot your attic gets during the hottest part of summer in the afternoon?
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    Readings look great! If you're still on the call...

    Readings look great! If you're still on the call then be sure to double-check the tightness of the main voltage connections both in the disconnect and at the contactor and beware the contactor screws...
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    x2 We have a residential customer who has an...

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    We have a residential customer who has an old Apollo AHU which has a slab evap coil in the bottom at an angle and if we don't clean that thing each spring with foaming coil cleaner (the brown...
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    You know, we had a customer years ago that...

    You know, we had a customer years ago that claimed another tech had cleaned the condenser coil with compressed nitrogen!?! Coil was still getting poor heat release. I dunno about types of dirt...
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    Don't want to get too technical in an open forum....

    Don't want to get too technical in an open forum. Suggestion, study your wiring diagram to get a good mental picture of the circuit then start testing at the beginning. If that gives a good voltage...
  32. Good example of how vacuum alone is not a...

    Good example of how vacuum alone is not a definitive leak eliminator. I like the idea of blocking off that part of the circuit if it is for sure only 10%, which will most likely not cause freezing.
  33. It'll cause slightly elevated humidity and grow...

    It'll cause slightly elevated humidity and grow all kinds of weird bacteria if it doesn't drain properly.

    My personal unit, mid 90's Trane packaged heat pump, had been slowly sinking on the...
  34. God bless you for not penetrating the furnace...

    God bless you for not penetrating the furnace cabinet with the yellow flex gas pipe. I cringe every time I see that around here.
  35. All automotive A/C systems I have worked on have...

    All automotive A/C systems I have worked on have to have continuous airflow across the condenser via fan-clutch mechanical or relay controlled electric fan and continuous airflow across the...
  36. That's pretty close to what I did. All joints...

    That's pretty close to what I did. All joints were glued and the threads so rusted around the fitting that it wouldn't budge without most likely breaking the threaded part off so I cut it about 3/4"...
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    Stupid reply reply, Florida heat pump - is that...

    Stupid reply reply, Florida heat pump - is that the brand and not the state?
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    Stupid reply time: You say this is a Florida...

    Stupid reply time: You say this is a Florida install so I may be way off base as it might not even have axillary heat, but if it does make sure you don't have a strip powered. And be sure to test for...
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    That's what I get for using a cheap meter to test...

    That's what I get for using a cheap meter to test caps. :D

    Guess I'll look into getting one a bit higher in quality like your sc76.
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    That's a good point, Solstice, a good start...

    That's a good point, Solstice, a good start capacitor can get a compressor going even when the run capacitor has severely weakened or gone bad, so that is a good reason to check those run caps while...
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    If the Supco's you are referring to are the SPP?...

    If the Supco's you are referring to are the SPP? line (SPP5 & SPP6, among others), then the difference is mainly the relay. The 5-2-1's have an actual potential relay that will allow the start...
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    Picture is failing to load. :-(

    Picture is failing to load. :-(
  43. Water flows downhill, is that too difficult to grasp?

    As you can see from the attached pic, the plumbers two simple rules; water flows downhill and sh#t tastes bad, are not fully understood by everyone. I would happily detach this P-trap and reverse it...
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    Saw the pic in your link. That is funny! Our...

    Saw the pic in your link. That is funny! Our installer put an air handler in a customer's attic in an upflow configuration with the return cut into the side of it. Problem was the coil on the bottom...
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    We had an engine swap done on one of our old Ford...

    We had an engine swap done on one of our old Ford work vans years ago and afterward I was tasked with switching its A/C system from R12 to 134a. Was going to recover whatever the mechanic shop had...
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    +1

    +1
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    The fact that you noticed that and hopefully...

    The fact that you noticed that and hopefully corrected it shows that you are a tech that cares. We need more guys like you out there!
  48. Amana / Goodman debris in pressure switch tube connector

    I am curious if any of y'all have run across this and what you think might be the cause. I have ran into a couple Amana and Goodman gas-packs with debris completely clogging the pressure switch...
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    A tool I have used for years now and cannot...

    A tool I have used for years now and cannot believe I used to run service without is a small wet / dry vacuum. The Stinger from Home Depot. Great for clearing drain lines and removing excess water...
  50. Thank you very much. The 2nd opinion puts me more...

    Thank you very much. The 2nd opinion puts me more at ease. Telling a customer that something they have been using for heat is unsafe and needs to be immediately disabled is a big step and since I was...
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