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  1. Finding a good hydronics contractor with...

    Finding a good hydronics contractor with experience in both baseboard and radiant heat is the first priority. No matter how much you educate yourself by taking online courses you will not...
  2. Cooling without taking the moisture out of the...

    Cooling without taking the moisture out of the air is simple, don't let the surface/component that is doing the cooling drop below the dew point of the air in the space. No condensation formed on...
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    One would hope that wasn't done by a legit HVAC...

    One would hope that wasn't done by a legit HVAC company.
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    Not a problem!!! Just turn the fan around and...

    Not a problem!!! Just turn the fan around and make it blow down. :whistle::grin2:
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    Somebody forgot to pull a plug from a length of...

    Somebody forgot to pull a plug from a length of ACR tubing?

    Should have showed as an issue when the line was purged with nitrogen during brazing........ I would think.
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    You need to find a tech that has been trained on...

    You need to find a tech that has been trained on the unit and that Quietside's technical will talk to (because they're trained in the unit).

    The unit sounds like it needs normal maintenance and...
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    Was the inlet pressure measured while the unit...

    Was the inlet pressure measured while the unit was firing?
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    Then I'll assume they were presented as better /...

    Then I'll assume they were presented as better / best options. In that case the choice is yours to make on what your "gut feeling" and check book will feel comfortable with. If the installer said...
  9. Starting with the concrete pad room. Gathering...

    Starting with the concrete pad room. Gathering information on this "branch" would be where I'd start. First by measuring heat loss and air flow of each of the registers in this space. If the...
  10. Not being familiar with where you live and the...

    Not being familiar with where you live and the outdoor conditions I'll start with asking if the humidity outside is normally high? If it is, then an ERV, when it runs, will potentially increase the...
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    A manufacturer's name doesn't make one boiler...

    A manufacturer's name doesn't make one boiler really better than the next. What really matters is who is installing and maintaining it. If you've got two different quotes and you're trying to...
  12. As I see it you have two problems. The first one...

    As I see it you have two problems. The first one being the engineer or whoever designed the layout for the ductwork/system didn't have a clue or the experience to be doing it. The second problem is...
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    Assuming there is an attic above the garage and...

    Assuming there is an attic above the garage and the adjacent rooms/home, the lineset from a mini-split can be run overhead to an outside area on another side of the home. That would only leave the...
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    By ventilating the garage (moving enough air...

    By ventilating the garage (moving enough air volume) to remove the excess heat you will effectively be moving the equipment generating the heat outside. Why? Because every cubic foot of air you...
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    Thinking outside of the normal box here. Have...

    Thinking outside of the normal box here.

    Have a load calculation done that takes into account every improvement that can or will be done to improve the home. Size a new boiler to match this...
  16. When the guy came to my house it turned out that...

    When the guy came to my house it turned out that the builder did not blow in the attic insulation. Afterwards, it was better but still not satisfactory. My neighbor had the upstairs stat relocated...
  17. A tech can arrive and use every tool and testing...

    A tech can arrive and use every tool and testing item known to the trade and it won't make them any better than the tech who has nothing to work with if they don't use the items correctly.
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    I've never met a home yet that I can't get the...

    I've never met a home yet that I can't get the venting outside somehow. Now mind you, in some instances it takes a lot of work and work = cost.
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    I wouldn't recommend it from what you've...

    I wouldn't recommend it from what you've described. I'd ask the contractor for references for some other homes that he's done that are very close in design to yours and done the way he's suggesting....
  20. A contract is a contract. If it states that they...

    A contract is a contract. If it states that they were supposed to remove the old vents and repair the holes with sheetrock, then that is what they should have done. Something smells a little fishy.
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    When considering the pros and cons keep in mind...

    When considering the pros and cons keep in mind that there are more things to consider than just the rated AFUE.

    When it comes to a hot water heating system you should consider all components and...
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    http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0176-protecti...

    http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0176-protections-home-purchases-cooling-rule
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    And the tech was there because?

    And the tech was there because?
  24. I blew my best guess first thing. What way does...

    I blew my best guess first thing. What way does the air flow through the fourth picture showing both the dirty "items" and the new filters? It's possible they were metal mesh pre-filters designed...
  25. Is there any type of plumbing going to or near...

    Is there any type of plumbing going to or near them? If I'm seeing the pictures correctly there seems to be three drains at the base of the air handler, yet I don't see nor did you mention any type...
  26. Whatever piping arrangement or zoning option you...

    Whatever piping arrangement or zoning option you choose, if the boiler's minimum output is larger than the zone(s) it's connected to (by any means or arrangement) your efficiency will suffer as you...
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    Done plenty like that. One or two 2" pvc pipes...

    Done plenty like that. One or two 2" pvc pipes for intake and exhaust for the furnace and the water heater uses a double wall Class B material. It all depends on the internal size of the chimney.
  28. Simply exchanging air is at the very best only...

    Simply exchanging air is at the very best only going to get you the same "OK" conditions that the rest of the basement would be for the same kinds of usage that you now plan on using the new room...
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    If it's keeping your comfortable in your home (at...

    If it's keeping your comfortable in your home (at "most" outside conditions) and the cost to operate it is satisfactory to you..... then I'd say it's perfect!

    A single stage system works...
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    There are a lot of things about the physical...

    There are a lot of things about the physical layout and components of your system that would need to be known before anyone can make a guess as to what may be happening. Pictures of what they...
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    Of course it prevents excessive velocities, in...

    Of course it prevents excessive velocities, in the real world they plug up!!!
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    Too bad the electrician didn't have the same eye...

    Too bad the electrician didn't have the same eye you have for things looking good.
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    Call the air sock people back before you clean it...

    Call the air sock people back before you clean it and find out if the cones are absolutely critical for function. With the discharge 30' in the air I'm leaning towards who at pool level is going to...
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    A dehumidifier will dry it out and put out heat...

    A dehumidifier will dry it out and put out heat at the same time.
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    Sell the customer a nice big buffer tank. ...

    Sell the customer a nice big buffer tank. :whistle:
  36. I'd be checking all other electrical and...

    I'd be checking all other electrical and electronic items in the home also for proper function. A call to your homeowner's insurance carrier might be in a good call also.
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    Desired cycle time in a perfect world is no...

    Desired cycle time in a perfect world is no cycles, the unit comes on and supplies the exact amount of conditioning that the home requires 24/7. In reality what a professional sizes for is what the...
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    Looks like they even braced that rooftop to keep...

    Looks like they even braced that rooftop to keep it from tipping over.
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    A 2 1/2 ton system from 25 years ago has 25 years...

    A 2 1/2 ton system from 25 years ago has 25 years of wear, dirt accumulation and a lot less efficiency than one bought today. It's about the same as comparing how a car that is 25 years old and has ...
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    The only way to discount the water flow issue is...

    The only way to discount the water flow issue is if all of the units in the building, including the one you're having issues with, have the water plumbed in a series loop. I'm guessing that is not...
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    Is the entire system cycling on and off, both the...

    Is the entire system cycling on and off, both the indoor and outdoor components?

    At that temperature indoors I would suggest that the unit should never cycle off the unit until maybe it gets...
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    I've seen some manufacturer's instructions that...

    I've seen some manufacturer's instructions that cover winterizing. Do it right everything is fine. Don't do it or do it wrong and you've got broken parts.
  43. Having installed these units, yes there is...

    Having installed these units, yes there is conflicting information between what is in the paperwork that comes with the unit and what is posted on Carrier's website. I go by what the paperwork that...
  44. The problem is avoided with newer equipment by...

    The problem is avoided with newer equipment by making sure that a qualified installer installs it following all applicable rules, codes and manufacturer's recommendations. The second way is to make...
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    I thought it looked like soaking wet particle...

    I thought it looked like soaking wet particle board. hmmm
  46. Did you happen to read the installation manual...

    Did you happen to read the installation manual for the furnace? It should be explained in there how each different kind of equipment arrangement should be wired.
  47. What are you using to measure the humidity? And...

    What are you using to measure the humidity? And are you using it to measure both the lower and upper floors?

    Are the lower and upper floors of the home closed off from one another? I ask because...
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    The limit should not be in contact with the heat...

    The limit should not be in contact with the heat exchanger. With what you found with the fuse I would be suspect of everything in that unit. Make sure the limit that is installed is in fact the...
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    Bag filters

    Bag filters
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