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    We have installed nearly every...

    We have installed nearly every modulating/condensing (ModCon) boiler and indirect-fired water heater available including Lochinvar Knight and the new Bosch combi-boilers. As indicated, installation...
  2. The rust comes from the lack of proper flushing...

    The rust comes from the lack of proper flushing and treatment in radiant heating PEX.

    The manifold is a Wirsbo/Uponor Jr. and made for closed-loop radiant floors. The PEX is Wirbo He-Pex with an...
  3. No leaking is allowed. Get if fixed. Fill the...

    No leaking is allowed. Get if fixed. Fill the system to a tested pressure and leave it alone. If you can't get the air out, it is likely piped incorrectly. Professional help is in order.
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    Well put and; I think it pays to know the...

    Well put and; I think it pays to know the difference between EPA, read--overreaching Federal government vs. trade skills. The test is for tracking refrigerant and sending threatening correspondence....
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    That is a good story. After 40+ years, plumbing,...

    That is a good story. After 40+ years, plumbing, heating, cooling, wiring...all I can say is DITTO and I am still looking for a few good men like you.
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    That's why the make engineers. It is an industry...

    That's why the make engineers. It is an industry specific application and certainly not the first. I would talk the project manager. Marine standards would apply considering the salty environment.
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    Dryer flex vent. ThermoFin is is sub-floor...

    Dryer flex vent. ThermoFin is is sub-floor radiant panel.
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    Radiant floor heating in the great room. Cooling...

    Radiant floor heating in the great room. Cooling registers and returns should be high and close to the loads i.e. windows and perimeter.
  9. Our design office does ACCA Manual 'J' and 'N'...

    Our design office does ACCA Manual 'J' and 'N' heat loads for clients all over the world. Just send a drawing calling out windows, insulation and the floor plan.
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    Ask your contractor some simple questions about...

    Ask your contractor some simple questions about his Manual J.

    http://www.badgerboilerservice.com/contractor.html
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    The unit he proposes is likely twice too big and...

    The unit he proposes is likely twice too big and if you want the lower level warm in winter and anything but cold and clammy in the summer, forget the two-stage thermostat and put two thermostats in....
  12. Every proper HVAC job starts with a proper ACCA...

    Every proper HVAC job starts with a proper ACCA Manual 'J' heat load analysis. Once you know how 'big' the system needs to be you can determine what type of system.

    A double-headed air-to-air...
  13. Hard to find a pilot light on an oil boiler. Oil...

    Hard to find a pilot light on an oil boiler. Oil burners must be serviced by a competent oil tech every year to get the best efficiency and reliability. While the tech is working on the boiler ask...
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    Time to call a professional.

    Time to call a professional.
  15. When was your house built?

    When was your house built?
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    First, where are you? There is almost no good...

    First, where are you?

    There is almost no good reason to "cool" a basement, so shut down the registers in the summer and if it is not zoned, make it so.

    We use radiant floors and walls to heat...
  17. Embarrassingly late. I think that boat has...

    Embarrassingly late. I think that boat has sailed. A little like IBM telling Bill Gates to go ahead with the software, we build computers. Of course in this case the giant was sleeping until the...
  18. First an energy analysis with Manual J heat load...

    First an energy analysis with Manual J heat load after the blower door test. Once you improve the envelope an electric boiler with outdoor reset to improve "operating" efficiency and finally a Rheem...
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    We install Bosch Energy Star and Triangle Tube...

    We install Bosch Energy Star and Triangle Tube boilers. Both are solid companies but it isn't about the boiler or the the warranty. Every proper boiler replacement starts with an ACCA Manual 'J' heat...
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    Of course I meant to say Ultra-Aire... I don't...

    Of course I meant to say Ultra-Aire...

    I don't know what a furnace is. The house is radiated of course with a Mitsubishi mini at the top of a three story walk-out, open staircase, 2100 sq.ft. all...
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    Integrating my ERV with dehumidifier

    I think I need a real tin head...

    You know I have installed dehumidifiers, HRV's and ERV's but I have yet to install an ERV with a proper dehumidifier like the TrueDrye or DesertAire.

    My cool...
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    With all due respect. I have many high efficiency...

    With all due respect. I have many high efficiency boilers more than 7 years old without any service. I don't recommend it--the manufacturers recommend annual service and we do some significant work...
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    Ridiculous, regardless of where you live. ...

    Ridiculous, regardless of where you live.

    Tough it would be nice if you give us a clue...

    The loads in a full basement are usually so modest that ACCA doesn't even include them unless the...
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    Give it to the one you want to have a 20 year...

    Give it to the one you want to have a 20 year relationship with. If anything, ask them to produce an ACCA Manual 'J' heat load assuring proper equipment sizing for the loads. Longer life, more...
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    I would use the unit or units recommended by the...

    I would use the unit or units recommended by the guy that produces an ACCA Manual 'J' heat load.

    As Space correctly points out: Bigger is not better.
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    Install PEX tubing in the slab instead, and you...

    Install PEX tubing in the slab instead, and you will have a real heating system.
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    Central Heating. I have a similar situation....

    Central Heating.

    I have a similar situation. Radiant floors are on most of the time with electric boiler (special rate) but the mini-split will run for a third the operating cost. Just use it for...
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    We recently installed the first Viessmann 222F in...

    We recently installed the first Viessmann 222F in Minnesota. Like all of Dr. Viessmann's products, the 222F is brilliant with Ti SS heat exchanger and indirect DHW, dedicated SS pumps for CH and DHW,...
  29. You are misinformed. First, the indirect will...

    You are misinformed.

    First, the indirect will last 3-times longer than a conventional water heater. The standby losses are less than a half degree per hour. The serviceable parts; zero.

    No...
  30. It is a pump station compatible with any storage...

    It is a pump station compatible with any storage water heater. You see one on my web link.
  31. I like to give what they want too. I give them...

    I like to give what they want too. I give them the option. same money...hehehee
  32. This instead of indirect water heater...oh my...

    This instead of indirect water heater...oh my...
  33. The Vertex, though thermally similar, is a...

    The Vertex, though thermally similar, is a dressed up glass-lined water heater, six year warranty. The Polaris is 316SS, ten year for residential. Cast iron is perfect for condensing equipment and...
  34. I design and install combi systems daily using...

    I design and install combi systems daily using Polaris and Taco Xblocks. The cost is similar to a condensing boiler with an indirect but will fit in a 36" circle on the floor with a 2" PVC vent. I...
  35. Hard to argue with the price. I use a lot of...

    Hard to argue with the price. I use a lot of water heaters for space heating--mostly condensing like Polaris. Maintenance on condensing boilers is highly dependent on the initial installation and...
  36. Too many moving parts. How about a new condensing...

    Too many moving parts. How about a new condensing boiler with outdoor reset and an indirect water heater--no moving parts.

    Tankless coils have been obsolete for some time now. With the notable...
  37. I would rather have the knowledge than the...

    I would rather have the knowledge than the degree. Having both is just a convenience. Reading and asking questions on the Net is the answer, unless you plan on a career in design engineering.
    ...
  38. You will need both patience ​and ​time to...

    You will need both patience ​and ​time to learn your trade well.
  39. heheheee ehehee. I haven't seen that before.

    heheheee ehehee. I haven't seen that before.
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    I may consider that, after the winter we just had...

    I may consider that, after the winter we just had here, lol.
  41. HVAC Control Technicians Minneapolis

    We are hiring sober, dedicated HVAC techs that know how to work 40 odd hours 6 days a week with no whining. You may be called on to wrench in a boiler or bend tin or even install a toilet! If you...
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    Good thoughtful reflections, I have had them all...

    Good thoughtful reflections, I have had them all and a few more.

    I was lucky to have a dad who had experience in many trades and gave me the basic work ethic, trade skills and I suppose genes to...
  43. The only answer is the MiniSplit. We install and...

    The only answer is the MiniSplit. We install and service Mitsubishi here in Minneapolis. Where cooling loads are lower than heating the mini-split is the Bomb!
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    I am a plumber and have installed a couple of...

    I am a plumber and have installed a couple of condensing boilers. We try to make it look nice but work better.

    This is poorly installed system, the most striking evidence is the green pump (taco)...
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    Hold on cowboy. If the OP has cast iron...

    Hold on cowboy.

    If the OP has cast iron radiators they were likely designed for gravity or near gravity flow. Output is 100mbtuh, that's 5gpm at the magical, but not necessarily appropriate,...
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    Our first systems were all polybutylene; no...

    Our first systems were all polybutylene; no oxygen barrier. I am still alive...

    50% PG is almost never needed. We use less on our snow melting system here in Minneapolis. PG has an inhibitor in it...
  47. Model codes, licensing and permitting do raise...

    Model codes, licensing and permitting do raise the bar and tend to improve job performance and reward education and professionalism. If only the the lobbyists a.k.a. factory reps could be held in...
  48. The only thing a building permit ensures is that...

    The only thing a building permit ensures is that the "administrative authority" gets paid and your property reassessed.

    When properly enforced, the best building code represents the "minimum"...
  49. We retrofit many older homes with radiant floor...

    We retrofit many older homes with radiant floor heating and high velocity (Unico and Spacepak) cooling and sometimes supplemental heating systems. It all starts with an ACCA Manual 'J' heat load and...
  50. Well...your close. First, and ACCA Manual 'J'...

    Well...your close.

    First, and ACCA Manual 'J' heat load to properly size the new furnace. Yes it will have a lower output and the duct, many asbestos clad would be grossly over-sized so new duct...
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