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    Has anyone involved determined if the duct system...

    Has anyone involved determined if the duct system that remains after blocking off ducts is of adequate size for the equipment? You will be reducing air flow considerably and this may reduce the...
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    Yeah. This is getting old FAST!

    Yeah. This is getting old FAST!
  3. Thread: Diagnose help

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    Don't add Freon to an R410-A system. That will...

    Don't add Freon to an R410-A system. That will make things worse.
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    He got his money's worth. There's a high markup...

    He got his money's worth. There's a high markup on those screws.

    In fact, the customer got "screwed." ::DD:
  5. Thread: Whistle

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    Either the filter is dirty or the ducts are too...

    Either the filter is dirty or the ducts are too small. Probably the ducts. Whistles are caused by high velocity.
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    There are many threads about the poor work by...

    There are many threads about the poor work by home warranty companies. My experiences as a contractor have been enough to lead me to decide that I will never, never work for one again.
    The...
  7. You need to determine if the space behind the...

    You need to determine if the space behind the wood is within the ducted return. Provided it is, I would be inclined to enlarge the opening. It may be worth the expense to have a technician examine...
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    It would be better to refrain from posting...

    It would be better to refrain from posting technical information in an open forum, especially AOP.
  9. There is a link in my sig to find site members....

    There is a link in my sig to find site members. There may be some near you.
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    They'll do that wether it is in a basement,...

    They'll do that wether it is in a basement, closet or ceiling.
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    OP Please re-read post #2 which is referring to...

    OP Please re-read post #2 which is referring to rules of this site.
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    If the unit is clucking, I always remove the...

    If the unit is clucking, I always remove the chicken.

    Do not shop for a brand. Shop for a contractor. You can click on the link in my sig to see if there is a member of this site near you.
  13. I thought I was just being direct and to the...

    I thought I was just being direct and to the point.
  14. A technician at the site can use his knowledge...

    A technician at the site can use his knowledge and resources to decide what is the right capacitor. If the compressor has been replaced the capacitor may differ from the original.
    Your persistence...
  15. It should have whatever capacitor is required for...

    It should have whatever capacitor is required for the compressor
  16. Thread: Blake

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    Click on the contractor locator in my sig to see...

    Click on the contractor locator in my sig to see if one of the site members is near you.
  17. Oversized air conditioner. The same old story....

    Oversized air conditioner. The same old story. Sad.
    I recommend getting the system and the house assessed thoroughly by another contractor so you'll have some documentation to use in your...
  18. This site prohibits giving DIY advice. You need...

    This site prohibits giving DIY advice. You need to call a contractor.
  19. I'm curious about the results of the load...

    I'm curious about the results of the load calculation. Post them, please.
    You may need to invoke your warranty to put pressure on the contractor and the big box store. However, my opinion of big box...
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    It looks like UV "sunlight" cable which has a...

    It looks like UV "sunlight" cable which has a heavier insulation but it still won't stand up to a weed hacker.
  21. I stopped reading when you mentioned home...

    I stopped reading when you mentioned home warranty company. All they want to do is replace equipment and screw up what you have. Hire a real technician.
  22. Heat pumps do not raise temperatures well when it...

    Heat pumps do not raise temperatures well when it is cold. Heat pumps work better when left at one setting. Digital is fine, setback is not.
  23. 1800 sq. ft x 1000 Btu = 1,800,000 Btu. That does...

    1800 sq. ft x 1000 Btu = 1,800,000 Btu. That does not equal a two ton system. This is why rule of thumb does not work.
    It sounds more like a distribution problem rather than a sizing problem because...
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    Electric units are generally shorter than gas...

    Electric units are generally shorter than gas units. However, where is the air return for your air handler? Most have air entering the top. You must not restrict the amount of air entering the unit...
  25. Thread: Flaring tool

    by kdean1
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    I bought a Ridgid flaring tool last year. It did...

    I bought a Ridgid flaring tool last year. It did not hold the pipe securely, it would slip during the flaring process. I returned it.
    We have a YJ that works fine and we bought a Hilmor. The...
  26. I think it means you married a Hindu. :grin2: ...

    I think it means you married a Hindu. :grin2:

    Do you have an urge to own a 7-11?
  27. Please tell us the size of the old air...

    Please tell us the size of the old air conditioner and the size of the new air conditioner.
    I sure hope they didn't increase the size without modifying the duct system.

    There could be many...
  28. RED FLAG. Before making any purchase, insist that...

    RED FLAG. Before making any purchase, insist that a load calculation be performed. It will be too late after equipment has been installed and the house is too humid. And measuring floor square...
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    Is that some new kind of dirty talk? :angel: ...

    Is that some new kind of dirty talk? :angel:

    Oh, 75* cooling (with our ducted dehumidifier RH 40-50%), and 70* heating.
  30. Perhaps I overlooked it, but did ANY of these...

    Perhaps I overlooked it, but did ANY of these contractors calculate the load for the house or did they just look at the house and say 4 ton air conditioner? I've personally seen too much oversized...
  31. The primary purpose of an air conditioner is to...

    The primary purpose of an air conditioner is to cool the air. Dehumidification is an effect of cooling air to the dew point. It would be very wasteful to heat the air so it can be cooled again just...
  32. Thread: Blake

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    It would be helpful to have static pressure...

    It would be helpful to have static pressure readings on the duct system. Ask the business owner to provide them. Those readings will tell us a lot.
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    X2 on the condition of the inline fan.

    X2 on the condition of the inline fan.
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    I stopped using the all-in-one hard starts years...

    I stopped using the all-in-one hard starts years ago when I learned of the 5-2-1 hard start kits. You should check them out.
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    The reason you have heard of such brands as...

    The reason you have heard of such brands as Lennox and Trane is that they spend a lot on advertising. A big advertising budget does make a product better than another one.
  36. Thread: Ductwork

    by kdean1
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    I know of no such code. However local...

    I know of no such code. However local jurisdictions can have additional requirements.
    First and foremost, the air flow should meet the requirements of the equipment.
  37. Thread: Ductwork

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    There is nothing wrong with flexible duct IF it...

    There is nothing wrong with flexible duct IF it is properly sized and installed. A 5 ton unit needs lots of air flow (2000 CFM).
    You/they should start with a Manual J load calculation to confirm...
  38. Thread: Blake

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    Installation including duct system undersized.

    Installation including duct system undersized.
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    This discussion belongs in Ask Our Pros (AOP)...

    This discussion belongs in Ask Our Pros (AOP)
    The ONLY way to determine the proper size is by calculating the load of the house by Manual J. Your contractors have used rule of thumb, which is based...
  40. Thread: WeatherKing A/C

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    If a factory replacement is not available, a...

    If a factory replacement is not available, a metal shop can fabricate a replacement pan. It involves shutting off the unit, removing the old pan and taking it to the shop. The wait for one in my area...
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    Ask your technician about FanHandler. I used one...

    Ask your technician about FanHandler. I used one at our son's house and I was quite impressed with it. It adjusts blower speed from the air temperature so you can have a very low speed for fan only.
  42. Thread: New install

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    It's just my opinion, but I see this situation as...

    It's just my opinion, but I see this situation as that of a homeowner trying to circumvent the usual way of doing business and cut the contractor out of the profit that is needed to succeed in...
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    That's what I thought. No tape should be anywhere...

    That's what I thought. No tape should be anywhere on that vent. The tape is not rated for the temperature of the vent. The joints of the vent do not need to be sealed.

    I repeat my advice of having...
  44. I use my SMAN3 on a daily basis. I have a case...

    I use my SMAN3 on a daily basis. I have a case for it which is why it is my primary manifold. All three of our early versions of the SMAN3 had to be replaced under warranty because the valves would...
  45. The manufacturer has built the equipment with...

    The manufacturer has built the equipment with properly sized connections. Reducing the duct will cause poor performance and shortened life.
    We (members of the site) regularly see ducts which are...
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    This site does not assist in DIY work. You need a...

    This site does not assist in DIY work. You need a technician on site to asses the situation and repair it.
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    Can we have a closer picture of the vent pipe...

    Can we have a closer picture of the vent pipe connection to the furnace? Something looks odd. Incidentally, the joints on the vent pipe should not be taped.
    Is the water heater gas or electric? If...
  48. Thread: Warranty call?

    by kdean1
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    ASFAIK it has to do with the insulation on the...

    ASFAIK it has to do with the insulation on the wires.
    We had a situation 20 years ago which was state inspected. We ran #18/6 wire to a junction box and connected to THHN which we then ran to the...
  49. Thread: Warranty call?

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    Oh yeah. I'm sure her husband would do a great...

    Oh yeah. I'm sure her husband would do a great job.
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    ICP makes a cushioned bolt for compressors. I...

    ICP makes a cushioned bolt for compressors. I have used them to isolate a Mitsubishi unit from the wall bracket on which it was mounted. They were very effective.
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