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  1. Thread: Rotobrush

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    Haven't really looked at many systems yet beyond...

    Haven't really looked at many systems yet beyond a brief cruise of the internet. Duct cleaning is something we have previously thought about doing and the idea of adding the service crept up again....
  2. Thread: Rotobrush

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    So getting back to the original question (which...

    So getting back to the original question (which is a bit old)...is rotobrush a worthwhile system for us folks up north with sheet metal duct systems that go from the basement up, with returns...
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    My only experience with unit isn't great; it is...

    My only experience with unit isn't great; it is marketed as more of a retail / direct to homeowner product. Installing an air conditioning / heat pump is not something to be done with EPA...
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    have used an inficon unit with good results, but...

    have used an inficon unit with good results, but can't compare to the other models you listed. make sure unit is maintained and try not to leave in truck through temperature swing weather.
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    Okay, I read the thread...and I'm very much into...

    Okay, I read the thread...and I'm very much into supporting the smaller, more client focused company...but I'm left with a few questions:

    (1) difference btw 1200 and 1250 digi

    (2) does the digi...
  6. I haven't looked at these in a while...passed...

    I haven't looked at these in a while...passed last time because of the (1) cost of the equipment, (2) higher % charged for mobile processing, (3) was told by Nextel rep (they were an accessory to the...
  7. Thread: UEI Tools

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    UEI Tools

    Looking for some objective feedback on UEI field tools. We have a great relationship a supplier in town but they only carry UEI tools. Have used some with no complaints...but maybe we don't know...
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    Look at the energy consumption of the proposed...

    Look at the energy consumption of the proposed 'window shaker' application and that of an E-Star rated unit designed for dehumidification. I agree that the Aprilaire (and others) are a bit of a...
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    Sealing the canister lights - - just curious as...

    Sealing the canister lights - - just curious as to the method you employed to do so - - the only approach I've heard is lining a 5 gallon bucket with fire board and placing it upside down over the...
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    Aprilaire redesigned their literature to go head...

    Aprilaire redesigned their literature to go head to head with the Trane unit. I think Trane, like other manufacturers, is just looking to expand revenues by catching a larger percentage of consumer...
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    Dougo... fair enough. I agree with you on...

    Dougo...

    fair enough. I agree with you on piece work...too much incentive for folks to cut corners. So then you try and follow-up with some sort of "non call back" incentive. But the reality...
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    dougfamous always asserts that others are bitter,...

    dougfamous always asserts that others are bitter, but his (her?) posts...

    blaming an HVAC employer for not delivering level work flow throughout the year is a bit out of line...one can't create...
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    We pay employees for a solid referral opportunity...

    We pay employees for a solid referral opportunity regardless if it sells, spiff employees for any sales to current customers and offer a bonus commission to anyone that brings an outside referral in...
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    anyone can rationalize what serves their own best...

    anyone can rationalize what serves their own best interests. some companies treat their employees like dogs and try to bleed customers dry. our firm (primarily residential) pretty much guarantees...
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    We remove about one of those low boys a day...

    We remove about one of those low boys a day during the winter season in the Buffalo metro market...and run across them on service from time to time (but there is little to service, and long time...
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    Anyone out there have experience with installing...

    Anyone out there have experience with installing these units? We have installed some with great customer satisfaction - curious as to the input of others.
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    We started installing the units about a year ago...

    We started installing the units about a year ago and haven't encountered issues yet (knock on wood). Just be sure to follow the installation guidelines (i.e. gas line sizing, gas line configuration,...
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    John Lloyd - Curious to know what you find about...

    John Lloyd - Curious to know what you find about the refrigerant issues. Based on the EPA course, there is a difference between intentionally venting refrigerant and "topping off" a system known to...
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    Technically speaking, the EPA doesn't really have...

    Technically speaking, the EPA doesn't really have anything that punishes on a 50# or less system. When I certified a year ago they basically said you could refill a leaking system with 20# a week...
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    To echo, Carrier and Bryant are the same (if you...

    To echo, Carrier and Bryant are the same (if you are comparing equivalent models) but Bryant is market as more of a 'value' product compared to Carrier. In short, the brand recognition of the...
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    I think I know where we differ...in our market...

    I think I know where we differ...in our market (NY), HVAC equipment is in basement, not attic. If we install an air handler in attic an insulated 'room' is built around the primary components. This...
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    Not sure if I read the original post correctly...

    Not sure if I read the original post correctly but...

    Do NOT insulate the roof deck itself. Insulate the attic floor (i.e. living space ceiling). The goal is to keep the attic air close to...
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    How does Keeprite compare to Heil and Tempstar in...

    How does Keeprite compare to Heil and Tempstar in the ICP lineup. Seems like everything in the box is the same, just curious where they price it.
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    Where does Keeprite fit in the ICP line-up in...

    Where does Keeprite fit in the ICP line-up in relation to Heil, Tempstar?
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    A filter that is too restrictive based on the CFM...

    A filter that is too restrictive based on the CFM design of the system is definitely a bad idea. My experience the 3M 1" filters usually fall into this category. The larger width filters have a...
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    I posted this in another thread but haven't...

    I posted this in another thread but haven't received a response yet...

    Amana/Goodman is the same box with a different badge (probably some minor differences, RoBo is the guy to ask on that). They...
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    Make sure you are comfortable with the contractor...

    Make sure you are comfortable with the contractor - just as if not more important than price by itself.

    The fine print in all manufacturer warranty statements indicates that "regular professional...
  28. Not all two-stage furnaces (or variable speed for...

    Not all two-stage furnaces (or variable speed for that matter) are created equal. Some brands I would agree that a two-stage stat is necessary, whereas with others logic controls are incorporated...
  29. Thread: boiler

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    Isn't true that the high efficiency boilers tend...

    Isn't true that the high efficiency boilers tend to fail sooner (lighter construction), require more maintenance and actually do NOT deliver the advertised efficiency levels unless right conditions...
  30. Unless you ever have to replace the motor, in...

    Unless you ever have to replace the motor, in which case you will be putting down a huge chuck o'change on a replacement DC. My experience is that a DC is more likely to fail with age...but not 100%...
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    Our firm installs primarily the Aprilaire line of...

    Our firm installs primarily the Aprilaire line of products. Ask an installing firm about the autotrak feature on the Model 600. Depending on the climate humidifiers can be great for health reasons...
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    Aire-Flo is not the same as a Lennox. ...

    Aire-Flo is not the same as a Lennox. Affiliated, yes. But not identicial design, etc. Not pumping Lennox or downing Air-Flo.
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    Liam, Definitely go for the insulation and...

    Liam,

    Definitely go for the insulation and furnace replacement; the ROI on windows is generally about 100 years even in sunny Buffalo.

    You are probably familiar with the New York State Energy...
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    Xenon is nothing more than a basic product...

    Xenon is nothing more than a basic product trumped up as a premier product. An airtime dealer that carries it in our area explains to customers that "you've never heard of the product because they...
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    Is 95% still the standard for the credit? I...

    Is 95% still the standard for the credit? I thought it was $150 for any 90+% and additional for 95+%

    Which Amana and Goodman models? I've only seen the 2S/VS at 95% - Bryant/Carrier has the...
  36. Thread: Smart valves

    by nextwave
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    Regarding the loud(er) H8's - yes, just as down...

    Regarding the loud(er) H8's - yes, just as down by you it is that supplier. I have talked to them about the issue. The louder noise has been attributed to the inducer motor. Again, louder relative...
  37. As a dealer that handles both Lennox and Bryant...

    As a dealer that handles both Lennox and Bryant (which is the same as Carrier) my vote is for the Bryant 90i hands down.

    The Bryant furnace is better designed, quieter and easier to maintain. I...
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    ....and I forgot to ask...anyone have input on...

    ....and I forgot to ask...anyone have input on Maytag furnaces?
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    Looking for some comments on the Consumer Reports...

    Looking for some comments on the Consumer Reports ranking of forced air equipment. The footnote basically explains there was no significant difference between the different manufactured units (with...
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    All Goodman units are sold on a payment...

    All Goodman units are sold on a payment plan...the original installation cost, then the cost of fixing them until ultimate replacement. Kidding aside, Goodman has improved, but don't be sucked in by...
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    R410A

    Definitely can not re-use a line set or coil when switching from r-22 to r-410a.

    r-410a does accept moisture more readily...not an attribute; the system (i.e. line set) should be cleared with...
  42. Thread: Smart valves

    by nextwave
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    I will not miss the Smart Valve...but it would...

    I will not miss the Smart Valve...but it would have been nice to receive notice that the new design was already in the Supply Chain!

    The new circuit boards look identical to the Carrier board, but...
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