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  1. A tech can arrive and use every tool and testing...

    A tech can arrive and use every tool and testing item known to the trade and it won't make them any better than the tech who has nothing to work with if they don't use the items correctly.
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    I've never met a home yet that I can't get the...

    I've never met a home yet that I can't get the venting outside somehow. Now mind you, in some instances it takes a lot of work and work = cost.
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    I wouldn't recommend it from what you've...

    I wouldn't recommend it from what you've described. I'd ask the contractor for references for some other homes that he's done that are very close in design to yours and done the way he's suggesting....
  4. A contract is a contract. If it states that they...

    A contract is a contract. If it states that they were supposed to remove the old vents and repair the holes with sheetrock, then that is what they should have done. Something smells a little fishy.
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    When considering the pros and cons keep in mind...

    When considering the pros and cons keep in mind that there are more things to consider than just the rated AFUE.

    When it comes to a hot water heating system you should consider all components and...
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    http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0176-protecti...

    http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0176-protections-home-purchases-cooling-rule
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    And the tech was there because?

    And the tech was there because?
  8. I blew my best guess first thing. What way does...

    I blew my best guess first thing. What way does the air flow through the fourth picture showing both the dirty "items" and the new filters? It's possible they were metal mesh pre-filters designed...
  9. Is there any type of plumbing going to or near...

    Is there any type of plumbing going to or near them? If I'm seeing the pictures correctly there seems to be three drains at the base of the air handler, yet I don't see nor did you mention any type...
  10. Whatever piping arrangement or zoning option you...

    Whatever piping arrangement or zoning option you choose, if the boiler's minimum output is larger than the zone(s) it's connected to (by any means or arrangement) your efficiency will suffer as you...
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    Done plenty like that. One or two 2" pvc pipes...

    Done plenty like that. One or two 2" pvc pipes for intake and exhaust for the furnace and the water heater uses a double wall Class B material. It all depends on the internal size of the chimney.
  12. Simply exchanging air is at the very best only...

    Simply exchanging air is at the very best only going to get you the same "OK" conditions that the rest of the basement would be for the same kinds of usage that you now plan on using the new room...
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    If it's keeping your comfortable in your home (at...

    If it's keeping your comfortable in your home (at "most" outside conditions) and the cost to operate it is satisfactory to you..... then I'd say it's perfect!

    A single stage system works...
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    There are a lot of things about the physical...

    There are a lot of things about the physical layout and components of your system that would need to be known before anyone can make a guess as to what may be happening. Pictures of what they...
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    Of course it prevents excessive velocities, in...

    Of course it prevents excessive velocities, in the real world they plug up!!!
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    Too bad the electrician didn't have the same eye...

    Too bad the electrician didn't have the same eye you have for things looking good.
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    Call the air sock people back before you clean it...

    Call the air sock people back before you clean it and find out if the cones are absolutely critical for function. With the discharge 30' in the air I'm leaning towards who at pool level is going to...
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    A dehumidifier will dry it out and put out heat...

    A dehumidifier will dry it out and put out heat at the same time.
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    Sell the customer a nice big buffer tank. ...

    Sell the customer a nice big buffer tank. :whistle:
  20. I'd be checking all other electrical and...

    I'd be checking all other electrical and electronic items in the home also for proper function. A call to your homeowner's insurance carrier might be in a good call also.
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    Desired cycle time in a perfect world is no...

    Desired cycle time in a perfect world is no cycles, the unit comes on and supplies the exact amount of conditioning that the home requires 24/7. In reality what a professional sizes for is what the...
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    Looks like they even braced that rooftop to keep...

    Looks like they even braced that rooftop to keep it from tipping over.
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    A 2 1/2 ton system from 25 years ago has 25 years...

    A 2 1/2 ton system from 25 years ago has 25 years of wear, dirt accumulation and a lot less efficiency than one bought today. It's about the same as comparing how a car that is 25 years old and has ...
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    The only way to discount the water flow issue is...

    The only way to discount the water flow issue is if all of the units in the building, including the one you're having issues with, have the water plumbed in a series loop. I'm guessing that is not...
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    Is the entire system cycling on and off, both the...

    Is the entire system cycling on and off, both the indoor and outdoor components?

    At that temperature indoors I would suggest that the unit should never cycle off the unit until maybe it gets...
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