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    RHEEM is a decent A/C unit. Keep in mind though,...

    RHEEM is a decent A/C unit. Keep in mind though, that just about every residential A/C system out there now, is actually made by one company... Emerson/Copeland.

    Whether it is RHEEM, Goodman,...
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    Yea, just keep in mind that simply because it...

    Yea, just keep in mind that simply because it says 1.5 tons on the data plate for your 35 year old system, it doesn't mean that you're getting it.

    Even a new system if installed improperly, can be...
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    Running all day long or at least for a few hours,...

    Running all day long or at least for a few hours, would not be a problem. It may run a lot on the hottest few weeks of the year but that would be far better than being grossly oversized for the 48...
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    The new furnace would save you a decent chunk of...

    The new furnace would save you a decent chunk of money on propane so that would be your biggest savings there.

    Tony
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    I completely understand. Just take this into...

    I completely understand.

    Just take this into consideration. Your old 1.5 ton unit, was probably working at 1.0 1.2... tons of capacity.

    Maybe even less.

    You may also have holes in your...
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    One last thought concerning mini splits. ...

    One last thought concerning mini splits.

    Inverter style mini splits (has to be inverter style), can be oversized by quite a bit and you actually gain efficiency, reliability, and comfort.

    That...
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    One last thought. I honestly cannot make a...

    One last thought.

    I honestly cannot make a recommendation on what size would be best, without physically coming to your home to evaluate it.

    You say that a contractor recommends 1.5 tons. He...
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    Ohh and that 1.5 ton system would be oversized at...

    Ohh and that 1.5 ton system would be oversized at night as well. We are only talking 3 to 4 hours a day, for maybe four weeks, where that 1.5 ton may be maxed out. (The absolute hottest hours of the...
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    Yes, allowing for a larger temperature variance,...

    Yes, allowing for a larger temperature variance, will allow for it to run longer cycles.

    That will cost more in electricity though and it will add more wear and tear or, reduce the lifespan of the...
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    I understand. Let me put it this way. I was in...

    I understand. Let me put it this way. I was in the military and we used diesel generators a lot. If you were not using that diesel generator at any reasonable capacity level (30k generator just to...
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    Sorry for the added confusion of mentioning...

    Sorry for the added confusion of mentioning mini-splits. I only mention them because they are very efficient, easy to install, and they are commonly used in older homes, where retrofitting them with...
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    Well, I suppose that I am looking at it from a...

    Well, I suppose that I am looking at it from a dollars spent point of view.
    For the cost of adding duct work, you can probably have a separate 19 SEER minisplit system, for each room.

    Installing...
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    If it is a high efficiency system, then it should...

    If it is a high efficiency system, then it should come with a TXV.

    A/C, basically works like this. A compressor, turns a gas into a liquid. That liquid then seeps out of a small hole to evaporate,...
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    I just wanted to be certain that I clarify one...

    I just wanted to be certain that I clarify one thing.

    I see two options for you.

    Option 1

    1.5 ton, single stage, with a TXV for the downstairs. Add inverter style mini splits at a later...
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    You have a few options. Being an older home...

    You have a few options.

    Being an older home and since you have baseboard heat, I would recommend looking at an inverter style, mini-split system.

    You should also take a few things into...
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    Most mini-splits, have what are known as inverter...

    Most mini-splits, have what are known as inverter style compressors. This is how they work.

    They convert the 240v, 60hz AC, into DC. Then they INVERT that DC into 240V AC, 5 to 120 HZ.

    This...
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    Sticky: Poll: I have never had a problem with them at all and...

    I have never had a problem with them at all and they have come a long way, even in the past 2 to 3 years.

    You cannot beat the 10 year warranty and the price is right.

    Their Amana line is a...
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    I average 18 to 20 MPG. It is a 4 cyl, 150 hp,...

    I average 18 to 20 MPG.

    It is a 4 cyl, 150 hp, 240 ft/lb tq diesel motor.

    I keep it nowhere near its max load though, as most of what I haul is light and bulky. I keep my tools in the back,...
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    I did a lot of HVAC work while I was in the US...

    I did a lot of HVAC work while I was in the US Army and most of it was with European and Asian mini split systems.

    All of the big brands (Mitsu - Fujitsu - LG) would offer you two options.

    A...
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    It is to cool the solar panels because they loose...

    It is to cool the solar panels because they loose efficiency as they heat up. Solar is a great option and if it is done right, it is worth it. In my opinion, on site power generation is the future....
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    I have been using diesel Isuzu NPR box trucks...

    I have been using diesel Isuzu NPR box trucks with lift gates... I love them! The one I have now is 14' and it can hold just about anything I need, without the need to tie it down. Throw and go!

    I...
  22. Thread: sman4 specs

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    You know what, you're right. Hopefully Fieldpiece...

    You know what, you're right. Hopefully Fieldpiece will release a little more information here soon.

    Tony
  23. Thread: sman4 specs

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    Yes, as I understand it, that is correct. It is...

    Yes, as I understand it, that is correct. It is only able to wirelessly SEND data to the HG3.
  24. Hard assets are the way to go! I am...

    Hard assets are the way to go!

    I am speculating that once the 2012 AC season is through, we should see the price of refrigerant drop a bit, before it makes another steep climb next year.

    I...
  25. Yea, not to get political but I do not have a lot...

    Yea, not to get political but I do not have a lot of faith in Mitt being able to win it... As long as Obama holds the economy together from a complete collapse, I think that he has a good chance of...
  26. Yea, I remember purchasing R-12 at the auto store...

    Yea, I remember purchasing R-12 at the auto store for next to nothing.

    The average lifespan of a car manufactured in the 80's and early 90's wasn't as long as it is now. The R-12 to R-134a...
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    Of course. It will hold over most pressure ranges...

    Of course. It will hold over most pressure ranges but there is no rule of thumb to find the pressures where it does not apply. Each mixture is different and the only way you can find them is by...
  28. That is what I was thinking as well. I think that...

    That is what I was thinking as well. I think that R-22 will be around for a while as it would take a significant cost increase to persuade the average home owner to upgrade.
  29. That is exactly what I do. I also try to make...

    That is exactly what I do. I also try to make sure that the used cylinders are at least at room temperature.
  30. Yea, same here on the recent price increase. I...

    Yea, same here on the recent price increase. I wish that I would have purchased more too.

    Other than banning the manufacture of R-22, I am still not convinced that a law could be crafted, to ban...
  31. I suppose it all boils down to supply and demand....

    I suppose it all boils down to supply and demand.

    A known fact is that the EPA is ratcheting down the amount that can be manufactured, faster than originally anticipated so that does significantly...
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    Sticky: Poll: Yes, the AC side is, for the most part,...

    Yes, the AC side is, for the most part, standardized. With furnaces, however, other than an Emerson control board, manufactures have a little more liberty to design and manufacture them as they see...
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    Sticky: Poll: I am a Goodman/Amana dealer... Lets get that...

    I am a Goodman/Amana dealer... Lets get that disclaimer out there, right away.

    On the residential side, R-410a is taking over. I give it another year or two before R-22 equipment is dropped...
  34. Bacharach PurCheck - Any experience with it?

    I am a small HVAC Contractor in Texas and I do a lot of R410a work.

    Being that there are a lot of R22 to R410a conversions going on right now (possible R22 contamination) and that R410a is also a...
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    The new IR detectors take a little time getting...

    The new IR detectors take a little time getting used to... Especially if you have been using a heated diode detector for a long while.

    I was a little frustrated at first but I read the manual and...
  36. Thread: Freon Theft

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    Well, for the time being, I think that it is more...

    Well, for the time being, I think that it is more of a matter of inconvenience.

    With so many units LACKING locking caps, a possible refrigerant thief would just move on down the line... Instead of...
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    The H-10 works great on R12, R22, and R134a. ...

    The H-10 works great on R12, R22, and R134a.

    Some of the 400 blends have 134a in them.... R410a does not.

    The H-10 does well on 400 blends that have 134a in them.

    From my experience, it does...
  38. Thread: sman4 specs

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    I emailed Fieldpiece about it and they said that...

    I emailed Fieldpiece about it and they said that it would be available by the end of July, beginning of August.

    ** Email from FP **

    We don't have an exact date yet, but we are expecting them...
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    I use the Fieldpiece SRL2K7 too and 98% of my...

    I use the Fieldpiece SRL2K7 too and 98% of my work is with R-410a.

    IN MY OPINION, I would put the Fieldpiece SRL2K7 SLIGHTLY above the D-Tek Select, with respect to R-410a detection.

    They are...
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    This was also why I was looking at getting a...

    This was also why I was looking at getting a refrigerant analyzer... Most notably, Bacharach's PurCheck Pro.

    Instantly you know if you have the correct refrigerant, how pure it is, if there are...
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    From a liability standpoint, I would steer clear...

    From a liability standpoint, I would steer clear of it.

    R-410a consists of a blend of R-32 and R-125. R-32 is SLIGHTLY FLAMMABLE and it is an amazing refrigerant. R-125 was added to it (50/50...
  42. Thread: Freon Theft

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    I remember from highschool (late 90's... Houston,...

    I remember from highschool (late 90's... Houston, TX area), kids that would huff refrigerant from parked cars and homes.

    As of Oct 1 2011, Texas is on the UMC/IMC 2009, which requires locking caps...
  43. I think the EPA is a little upset, that the...

    I think the EPA is a little upset, that the manufacturers found a loophole with the whole DRY CHARGED R-22 equipment.

    The EPA regulates the allowable amount of R-22 that can be manufactured in a...
  44. Yes, I shudder when I see R-22 jugs being tossed...

    Yes, I shudder when I see R-22 jugs being tossed at 60 to 70 psi but I am a bit of a cheapskate. I save them and recover them later.

    Tony
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    Yes. A cap rated for a higher voltage, has...

    Yes.

    A cap rated for a higher voltage, has stronger, thicker insulation, in-between the sheets of metal, inside the cap.

    The capacitance rating, has to do with the quantity or the surface area...
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    Let me rephrase that as I was thinking more from...

    Let me rephrase that as I was thinking more from a business perspective.

    I cannot think of a residential 410a unit today, that doesn't run on Copeland/Emerson internals. Even Trane's compressors,...
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    Other than knowing that it is a blend of R-22 and...

    Other than knowing that it is a blend of R-22 and R-115, I am not that familiar with R-502.

    The definition of an azeotrope is the following.

    A mixture of two or more liquids in such a way that...
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    I forgot a few things that I thought would be...

    I forgot a few things that I thought would be useful to this conversation. I was also wrong about which of the two refrigerants in R-410a would more easily evaporate from its 50/50 liquid state. R-32...
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    I understand and I am not putting down the H-10....

    I understand and I am not putting down the H-10.

    I just cannot see recommending it to a new residential tech that works in the field, as their only means of leak detection.

    I also see that your...
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    Correct me if I am wrong but Goodman's TXV's are...

    Correct me if I am wrong but Goodman's TXV's are made by Emerson. As of 2012, they are used by just about everyone on the residential side.

    Copeland/Emerson... If you have a Copeland compressor,...
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