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  1. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by sumdumgai View Post
    The current unit is 2 1/2 ton. Is there any reason the contractor would recommend a 3 ton? He says there's not mych differnce in price and he would not charge the difference.
    No, unless he's offering a 2-stage (speed) unit. However, that also will be too large because the low side is almost a 2.5 ton, so you would just be wasting money.

    What size is the upstairs system? Is it in the attic?

  2. #15
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    Upstairs attic (for bedrooms) is 2 ton.

  3. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by sumdumgai View Post
    Upstairs attic (for bedrooms) is 2 ton.
    How many sq. ft. is the 1st floor? Is there a walkout basement? How many sq. ft. is the 2nd floor?

    Which way does the house face?

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    Also, have you made any efficiency improvements to the home? New windows, storm doors or insulation?

  5. #18
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    not unless you want to live in swamp like conditions an over sized unit will short cycle and not work to its efficiency nor will it remove humidity

  6. #19
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    I know it's hard if not impossible to size a system just using square footage and other general characteristics. I've even been told that doing a load calculation (manual J?) is only as good as the data put in, and that unless you have specs about building material, wall insulation, windows, doors, etc, which is normally not readily known in a 30 year old house, the load calc is hit or miss. What I've been told by the latest tech/sales guy is that a 3 ton might be needed to compensate for a duct system that is not truly balanced. The house originally had one system. When the basement was finished back in the 80's, the second (attic) system was added, so that the new system handled the second floor and the original system handled main and basement. As a result, some of the ductwork has been capped, and some added to the original main trunk.

    First two reps were Lennox and last two were Carrier. When I asked about Trane, I was told that it was being sold. I'm still trying to decide which to go with, assuming all priced in same, give or take a grand.

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    Oversized equipment will ALWAYS make any ductwork or load imbalance between rooms or floors worse, not better. More air flow in the same size ductwork also makes it harder to balance the system. A small unit on the same size ductwork, give you freedom to reduce airflow to registers that have too much but using simple dampers in the ductwork.

    A larger unit would only be needed if, after correcting a temeprature imblance, the net heat loss increased. Meaning if several rooms were underconditioned and none were over conditioned, after balancing, all room are slightly underconditioned... meaning your short on capacity.

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    As more info. is being released, I'm getting more confused. You said in the original thread that you had 28 yr. old a 2.5 ton A/C.

    Now we find out that that did the entire house? My post #16 asked some questions that might help us understand alittle better.

    But, never oversize. The explaination (reason) the HVAC guy as to why he wanted to install a 3 ton is insane.

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