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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.
  2. 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...
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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 ...
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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...
  6. 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...
  8. 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...
  11. 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"...
  16. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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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    Why not just go get another job?

    Why not just go get another job?
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    That's up to you. But this is now your furnace...

    That's up to you. But this is now your furnace that you will have in your house for however long you live there. If you call back in a year with some issue, you will be paying for it. Depending...
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    There's a good chance that furnace will need the...

    There's a good chance that furnace will need the heat exchanger pulled and cleaned. Probably sooted up. I'd personally make them replace the entire thing.
  31. Get it checked out. A home inspector/contractor...

    Get it checked out. A home inspector/contractor likely didn't dig into them as much as a pro would. And if he did, give him a call. He can answer your questions.
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    Put in a mini split.

    Put in a mini split.
  33. We are a disorganized lot overall, we don't stick...

    We are a disorganized lot overall, we don't stick together very well and prices are all over the place due to overhead or lack of it. Most guys are good. I'm very familiar with Berry Creek, dated...
  34. I'm here in Round Rock. I imagine you won't see...

    I'm here in Round Rock. I imagine you won't see a significant drop in electrical bill unless you do other modifications to the house. Maybe
    $50 in the dead of summer. The rest of the year...
  35. If you go Lennox, make sure you get the extended...

    If you go Lennox, make sure you get the extended labor warranty, because you will be replacing the evaporator coils in 3-5 years. I run a lot of calls on Lennox for leaking coils. I'm in Round...
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    Ditto, often times new will actually deliver less...

    Ditto, often times new will actually deliver less btu's than old per ton.
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    I've never even heard of Napoleon. Is it a...

    I've never even heard of Napoleon. Is it a private label unit?
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    I do this for a living and would not put a copper...

    I do this for a living and would not put a copper coil in my house. Its a guaranteed leaker within 5 years.
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    At almost 20 years old, its day to day. I'd...

    At almost 20 years old, its day to day. I'd imagine if you got another 2 years out of it, you'd be lucky.
  40. Had a customer about 2 years ago. He was sold...

    Had a customer about 2 years ago. He was sold on how efficient they were and plunked down a huge amount of money. New construction, expensive house. Somebody else did the job, I don't touch...
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    I'd put a Goodman in way before I'd put in a...

    I'd put a Goodman in way before I'd put in a Lennox. Lennox is still using copper coils that will leak and they are just a pain to deal with.
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    So you've spent $40K in 15 years on a/c equipment...

    So you've spent $40K in 15 years on a/c equipment and repairs. Or you spent $40K 10 years ago if you have the 10 year parts and labor. Have you every called somebody else out to get a 2nd opinion...
  43. Shouldn't have both, very common knowledge. ...

    Shouldn't have both, very common knowledge. Call somebody out who knows what they're doing before you mess something up.
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    I did a little experiment on my house a few years...

    I did a little experiment on my house a few years ago during the summertime. I tried turning the thermostat up to 82 while gone during the day then down to 73 when we got home and it took a while to...
  45. Reading your post it sounds like the entire...

    Reading your post it sounds like the entire problem is that it is icing up. I'm not exactly sure how putting a txv on would fix that problem unless it came with an R22 txv and you have R410 one or...
  46. I work on them all day. Who the hell wants to...

    I work on them all day. Who the hell wants to work on them at home? As long as my house is cool or warm when I want it, I don't care how it gets there.
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    It's guys like this that make us look bad. Just...

    It's guys like this that make us look bad. Just out of curiosity. Where did you find this guy? Is he an actual hvac guy or some apartment guy off Craigslist that is working for $20 and a 12 pack.
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    I'm with you. It doesn't sound like the OP has...

    I'm with you. It doesn't sound like the OP has a clue. I think I might refer her to somebody experienced otherwise you're going to end up costing her more
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    No prices allowed. Somebody will remove them for...

    No prices allowed. Somebody will remove them for you. Turn it off until you have the money to replace/fix whatever needs fixing. I think I might call around. Things change very quickly and I'm...
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    Doubtfully the contactor. You have a short...

    Doubtfully the contactor. You have a short somewhere. Most likely wire rubbing somewhere I'd be looking at the low voltage to the outside unit personally.
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