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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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  15. 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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  17. 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...
  18. 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?
  20. 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.
  25. Thread: Average wage

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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...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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...
  29. 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...
  31. 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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    I'm dumbfounded. You have a 3 ton which cools...

    I'm dumbfounded. You have a 3 ton which cools your house to your satisfaction so you upsize it??? I think your a/c guy needs his head examined as well. I would never upsize a unit because its...
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    Same here. I keep my house at 70-72 during...

    Same here. I keep my house at 70-72 during summer. Mine will hold it when it's 105 out and it will run a lot. Most people here are 72-76 and it better hold it. Otherwise you'll be living at their...
  34. Obviously you don't have enough tonnage to cool...

    Obviously you don't have enough tonnage to cool your house. You have 2 options basically. Lower the amount of tonnage needed by fixing your house or increase the amount of tonnage to cool your...
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    Save yourself a lot of hassle and headaches and...

    Save yourself a lot of hassle and headaches and call somebody out to install it for you. You run the risk of frying a board or transformer.
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    You're concerning yourself too much with getting...

    You're concerning yourself too much with getting the thing into the attic. That's no big deal, we do it all the time. 2 guys lifting a furnace is easy. I'd be more concerned with why a 6 month...
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    Something outside and most likely beyond the...

    Something outside and most likely beyond the control of your apartment complex is causing the issue. It probably isn't too hard to figure out if you took the time. When you smell the smell, get...
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    Refurbished furnace is funny. An 80% efficient...

    Refurbished furnace is funny. An 80% efficient furnace is relatively inexpensive, I cannot possibly see how they could do it effectively and still make money. I would never install a "refurbished"...
  39. It needs to be installed per instructions,...

    It needs to be installed per instructions, especially something that specific. And they are the noisiest when its the coldest. It's not a quiet unit when it's cold out.
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    There is no average cost. A lot of guys will...

    There is no average cost. A lot of guys will roll it into the price if they get the job with a signed contract. Otherwise, it's their information.
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    If you bought an Infinity condenser, it will have...

    If you bought an Infinity condenser, it will have the sensor built in. If you didn't opt for the matching condenser, then you don't have it. They will have to run a wire and hook up a sensor...
  42. I'm not going to go back and read your posts to...

    I'm not going to go back and read your posts to see what you do. Why should I inconvenience myself? Why don't you take the time to tell me? I asked a few specific questions that would be quick...
  43. The problem I will assume is that you are all...

    The problem I will assume is that you are all over this forum creating threads. It sounds like you aren't getting what you want so you're trying another angle. What is your opinion of what is...
  44. I'm not sure coming on this site threatening...

    I'm not sure coming on this site threatening people and overall acting a bit jerky is the best way to get help. Personally I really don't care if you buy it yourself or not. I'm still charging...
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    I don't put my ear to it either. I usually take...

    I don't put my ear to it either. I usually take off my boots and put my big toe to it for my precision check.
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    You can't put it anywhere else? If you can put...

    You can't put it anywhere else? If you can put it somewhere else, then do that. If you can't, then I guess you have too.
  47. I think you did something wrong. Maybe 12,000...

    I think you did something wrong. Maybe 12,000 or 24,000 btu. Not 120,000 or 240,000. That is a 10 or 20 ton system. Good for a small office building
  48. The rule of thumb is take the return size square...

    The rule of thumb is take the return size square inches and multiple by 2. That is how many cfm it can handle. So a 20x20x2=800 cfm or enough for a 2 ton. So your 25x25 is enough for around a 3...
  49. Pretty much. Labor intensive, pain in the butt...

    Pretty much. Labor intensive, pain in the butt and hard to make money at. It's hard to charge enough to make it worth their while. As somebody else stated in the thread, best to get done when...
  50. You'll be fine. The only issue you might have...

    You'll be fine. The only issue you might have is plugging the txv. Make sure they blast with nitrogen and put the filter dryer in front of the evaporator coil. Not using nitrogen isn't a big...
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