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  1. Appreciate the advice! The irony is that we keep...

    Appreciate the advice! The irony is that we keep the house at 70 during the day, but my wife insists that we set it to 72 at night because that is when she and our 2 little girls get cold. That is...
  2. Thank you, that's excatly what I was looking for!

    Thank you, that's excatly what I was looking for!
  3. It is running HP stage 2 + all 3 5kw emergency...

    It is running HP stage 2 + all 3 5kw emergency heating elements now bringing the temp back up to the 70 set point. I'm curious what the load value of 433 shown below indicates?
    ...
  4. I woke up this Thursday morning to a cold house,...

    I woke up this Thursday morning to a cold house, just as I did last Thursday morning.

    When looking at the XL950, everything looks ok, except the actual temp is less that what is being called for...
  5. They came out today and swapped out the furnace...

    They came out today and swapped out the furnace for the TAM8. Here are some pictures of the installation.

    They put in a nice curved return and I went with the Trane Clean Effects communicating...
  6. I spoke to my sales rep and we're all set on...

    I spoke to my sales rep and we're all set on swapping out the xv95 furnace and coil for a TAM8 ahu with the 15kw electric backup module.

    I measured the distance from floor to bottom of supply...
  7. Thanks Ryan. I got 9ft ceilings in the basement,...

    Thanks Ryan. I got 9ft ceilings in the basement, so I think I'll be ok height wise. The TAM8A0C48 unit is 62" tall, and I'm guessing the plenum stand/side return bottom would add another 24" or so....
  8. Thanks. That's exactly what I needed to know. ...

    Thanks. That's exactly what I needed to know. So heat pump all the way until it gets so cold that it can't keep up, then aux electrical heat strips in the tam8. To be safe, it probably makes sense...
  9. I didn't get a chance to talk to my rep yesterday...

    I didn't get a chance to talk to my rep yesterday as he was on vacation. I'll get with him tomorrow. I'll be sure to discuss the restricted return with him, and also see is he can add an extension...
  10. Thanks. I'll be sure to do that. I'm keeping my...

    Thanks. I'll be sure to do that. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a tam8 + heat strips is less expensive than a XC95m + coil and that the budget will then allow for adding another return and...
  11. Going the hot water route would certainly...

    Going the hot water route would certainly eliminate any electrical concerns with the generator.

    I'm still a little scared about the cost of heating water using propane given the cost figures...
  12. I have 400A service coming into my house. One...

    I have 400A service coming into my house. One 200A panel it tied directly to the utility meter base, the other goes through a 200A transfer switch. Looking at the installation manual for the 15Kw...
  13. Wow, it would seem that propane is not at all the...

    Wow, it would seem that propane is not at all the way to go for generating heat in my situation! Yes, the figures I gave were all inclusive and reflect the total amount I pay for each energy type by...
  14. What would I need to determine that besides the...

    What would I need to determine that besides the LP cost of $3.13/gal and electricity cost of $ 0.089/kWh?
  15. For cooling, the above calc shows needing 3.5...

    For cooling, the above calc shows needing 3.5 ton, so I think the 2/4 ton XL20i is the proper size.

    For heating, the model currently installed is 80,000 BTU, but dual stage, so the first stage is...
  16. I will obviously want to keep my 500 gallon...

    I will obviously want to keep my 500 gallon in-ground tank to supply the water heater, range and backup generator, but I don't see why that would necessarily make it an obvious choice to stay with...
  17. My 10 year old 94% efficient Polaris water heater...

    My 10 year old 94% efficient Polaris water heater uses propane. This is what does the radiant floor heat in the master bath as well as the basement when used. My range is also gas powered. ...
  18. Here are the load calcs they did for my house: ...

    Here are the load calcs they did for my house:

    The page shows the first floor and basement:

    http://www.cstone.net/~dk/loadform4.jpg

    So if we take out the basement, which is heated via...
  19. I just got my LP bill from the last refill last...

    I just got my LP bill from the last refill last week. I took 266.6 gallons to top off the tank, and the cost was $833.49. So that works out to $3. 13 per gallon... :(

    They have not ordered the...
  20. I would agree. I think these guys have been put...

    I would agree. I think these guys have been put in more of a bad light than they deserve. They are stepping up to the plate and will make it right and eat the labor cost of swapping out units, and...
  21. Appreciate the advice on the Mitsubishi mini...

    Appreciate the advice on the Mitsubishi mini splits. When I put in my zip code, the company that installed my XL20i system pops up at the top as a diamond dealer. They do have a great rep, so...
  22. I think they did a good job with the outdoor...

    I think they did a good job with the outdoor unit. Let me know if you guys think there is anything here that should be corrected.

    http://www.cstone.net/~dk/xl20i-1.jpg
    ...
  23. Cool videos! I forgot to mention the first...

    Cool videos!

    I forgot to mention the first thing I noticed after they installed the XL950, was that it didn't look level to me. Sure enough, it definitely is not...
    ...
  24. When they get done swapping out the new furnace,...

    When they get done swapping out the new furnace, I want it to look like this :D

    http://www.cstone.net/~dk/8271321353_72e63c7b68_b.jpg

    Above is of course form the wall of pride. I love the...
  25. I spoke to my sales rep and he admitted it was...

    I spoke to my sales rep and he admitted it was his fault for not being aware that using a non-communicating indoor unit meant that the outdoor unit would not function as such at all. He offered a...
  26. In their defense, the floor drain is almost...

    In their defense, the floor drain is almost impossible to get to since there is now cabinetry for a wet bar built over it. I hope it never clogs!
  27. 3,526 sq. ft. of heated space. But only 2032 sq....

    3,526 sq. ft. of heated space. But only 2032 sq. ft. will be heated by this furnace. I got radiant floor heat in the home theater area and master bath (vents closed on those rooms during winter...
  28. Sorry, that drawing was not quite right. Here's...

    Sorry, that drawing was not quite right. Here's an actual picture from the crawl space below the pantry and half bath area. There are only 3 supplies, not 4 as I thought.
    ...
  29. Didn't catch the recommendation on the float...

    Didn't catch the recommendation on the float switch, so here's my revised "bullet list" for when they come back:

    1. Reroute gas pipe and support it better
    2. Reroute flute and intake pipes to not...
  30. Here are the items I have captured so for that...

    Here are the items I have captured so for that I'll discuss with them when they come back:

    1. Reroute gas pipe and support it better
    2. Reroute flute and intake pipes to not be directly in front...
  31. Yes, but the calculation still comes out to that...

    Yes, but the calculation still comes out to that I should have my switch over occur at 0F, instead of the 40F or so I would expect it to recommend.
  32. It got a call this afternoon from the company (I...

    It got a call this afternoon from the company (I was driving and forget what his title was, but someone at the manager/owner level). He apologized about the job and wanted me to be completely...
  33. It is ducted metal all the way to the return...

    It is ducted metal all the way to the return grille. Look at the pic below. The blue represents the return and the blue with the yellow surround is the 24x24 return opening itself laid flat for...
  34. Yes, there is a flange there that sticks out...

    Yes, there is a flange there that sticks out about 1/4" that runs up about 10". I'll be sure to point that out to them as well.


    That is a pier I poured for my telescope for taking long exposure...
  35. You're right Brian. I was using the back button...

    You're right Brian. I was using the back button to snap the pics. I went through the process again and the result is still the same, a recommendation of 0F as the cut over from HP to LP. Here's...
  36. Appreciate all the feedback guys! I will call...

    Appreciate all the feedback guys! I will call and talk to them today.

    To answer some of the questions raised above:

    1. Yes, I would have to cut the tape in order to access the coil for...
  37. When you say combustion air intake, do you mean...

    When you say combustion air intake, do you mean that a 2nd pipe should have been run through an exterior wall? The room the furnace sits in is about 1200 sq. ft.

    I tried to calibrate the outdoor...
  38. Just had Trane XL20i HP, XV95 furnace and XL950 thermostat installed - not real happy

    My old furnace (X90 120,000 BTU) finally bit the dust a few weeks ago. It was mated with a XE1000 10 SEER 4 ton outdoor unit.

    New system that was just installed last week consisted of the...
  39. I forgot to mention that I pay just over $0.11...

    I forgot to mention that I pay just over $0.11 per KWh. My consumption last month was 4473KWh. Here's my consumption over the last 12 months (Ignore October, they must have had a glitch in their...
  40. Hmm, how many posts are needed before you can...

    Hmm, how many posts are needed before you can edit your own posts?

    Anyway, based on my measurements, it makes the most sense for me to do 5 180ft trenches, which is what I'm showing above, and the...
  41. I looked at the GIS map of my house and drew in...

    I looked at the GIS map of my house and drew in the loop trenches (in blue). There are a couple of obstacles. In yellow is the water line to the shop, and in red are the 400A power lines to the...
  42. Thanks Bergy! It will be interesting to see if...

    Thanks Bergy! It will be interesting to see if that is also the design they recommend.

    Peter
  43. Sizing water source system to replace aging 4 ton + 1.5 ton system

    Greetings!

    I have been reading a lot here and finally took the plunge to register. Great forum with a wealth of information!

    My house was built in 1997 and still has the original primary HVAC...
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