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  1. #27
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    GA thanks for clarifying that. I still see higher COP's listed for high stage heating in the mfg data sheets. AHRI will match a 3.5 ton indoor coil with a 2 ton condenser. Very common for example on the Yorks' I've looked at trying to get 8.5HSPF and 15 SEER while staying in the more economical LX line rather than jumping to the 2 stage Affinity series. Same with Carrier. Goodman however, matches better and seems to have better ratings on heating... which is why I asked about it earlier. On top of try to give some advice here and there I'm also learning and doing some of my own research for myself.

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    You are welcme... there is a certain amount of information one can learn from the books, yet also some one can only learn in the field... I shudder to remember all the spouting off I did before I had enough field experience... Lots of folks were patient with me.

    I really do not know much about York/Coleman/(whatever other clone). I do know some about Rheem/Ruud, Goodman/Amana, and my brand AlliedAir (AirEase, ArmstrongAir, Concrod, Ducane). Generally, I see matches of 1/2 ton larger coil up to 3 ton, a few matches of 4 ton coil to 3 ton AC/HP. When we get to 3.5 and 4 ton outdoor units most of them are 5 ton coils, just a few 4 ton coil with 3.5 outdoor. That extreme match you noted; a 3.5 ton coil with a 2 ton outdoor unit... well I do not remember seeing one that 'extreme' in the lines I am familiar with.

    I did a HUGE volume of 'tax credit' systems in 2010... when the govt would give you a $1500 tax credit for installing a 16 SEER system. I was more or less familiar with almost any match in the three manufacturers noted above. Out of all three manufacturers, I still like Rheem/Ruud equipment the best... Those rectangle outdoor units seem to be tougher and work better... albeit they cost more. I put in a 16 SEER 4 ton HP a few weeks ago; according to AHRI Ruud actually did test out at 16 SEER using a 4 ton AH... I used a 5 ton AH anyhow for other reasons (existing plenums matched the 5 ton Ruud). The 5 ton tested out about 1/4 ton better. The outdoor units are sooo quiet!
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    Amana and Goodman have the same exact warranties 10 yr labor warranty with goodcare

    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    The Goodman communicating system is similar to Rheem/Ruud's system... a good system.

    I would definitely use the larger coil with Goodman, be sure you get an all aluminum coil... and I would upgrade to Amana... you get a better warranty for the same hardware and you get access to a 10 yr labor warranty.

    Plan to have annual service on the system; HP's and especially high SEER units need regular cleaning.

    Sounds like you are gonna have a nice system.

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    Okay, thanks for all the replies! So, is it okay that my installer wants to put in a 3-ton HP with a 3 tone evap.. and.. he has a TXV on his parts list for the evap, but nothing listed for the condenser, so is the TXV part of the condenser? I trust he will do a good job, but I like to be armed with the correct info because I just want to be sure. thanks guys! Mike.

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    I think Goodman coils do not come with TXV's... some brands do (Rheem/Ruuds ALL do). If the outdoor unit is AC, there is no need. If the outdoor unit is a 16 SEER HP, I suspect it already has a TXV in it. Might want to verify that.

    I would ask your contractor to show you the AHRI matches... either online or in the Goodman spec book.
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    hello, I am posting to an old thread because my question is related to this thread.. I hope that is okay.. My installer gave me the parts list, here is what my system will be comprised of, please let me know if this seems okay.. GMVM96 80K propane furnace installed last summer, now want to upgrade the AC to: 3ton 2-stage HP DSXC160361, CAPF3743C6 coil, TXV #TX3N4. I also have the best comfortnet t-stat. All Goodman stuff. According to what I can find, that coil is generally matched with either a 3 or a 3.5 ton HP.. Does this coil sound big enough? He also says a hard start kit is not needed.. opinions on this? Thanks, Mike

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    Scroll compressor doesn't nee a hard start kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Scroll compressor doesn't nee a hard start kit.
    Goodman wants hard starts on "systems using non-bleed txv", which their TXV's happen to be.

    Unless there's something I haven't heard of.
    "Better tell the sandman to stay away, because we're gonna be workin on this one all night."

    "Dude, you need more than 2 wires to a condenser to run a 2 stage heatpump."

    "Just get it done son."

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    Thought that was only on non scroll units.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Thought that was only on non scroll units.
    "Units with rotary or reciprocating compressors and non-bleed TXV’s
    require a Hard Start Kit."

    Thats the new slogan from the install instructions.

    I know for a fact that the older models used to say scroll instead of recip. Sounds like someone made a typo and changed it.

    Thanks for getting me to double check.
    "Better tell the sandman to stay away, because we're gonna be workin on this one all night."

    "Dude, you need more than 2 wires to a condenser to run a 2 stage heatpump."

    "Just get it done son."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvacvegas View Post
    "Units with rotary or reciprocating compressors and non-bleed TXV’s
    require a Hard Start Kit."

    Thats the new slogan from the install instructions.

    I know for a fact that the older models used to say scroll instead of recip. Sounds like someone made a typo and changed it.

    Thanks for getting me to double check.
    This reminds me of when R410 first came out in resi units... At first they said NO mixing of oil... now some say as much as 5% mineral oil is OK... so which one is it?

    The manufacturers tend to say what they want when they want... IMO it is more a liability than a technical thing.
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    thanks for the replies guys.. but you have confused me because I don't know the technical terms.. so with this set up that he wants to install, do I need the hard start kit? He does not have it on his parts list but I am sure he would add it if I asked him to. And is that coil big enough for the HP? I have read on this forum that a lot of you like to put in a slightly bigger coil to put less strain on the HP. Thanks, Mike.

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    Yes, I would ask for the hard start. As long as they provide it... go ahead and get it. Outdoor units with hard starts tend to last longer (compressor) than units without... so it is worth it.
    Ask your contractor to show you an AHRI match (he should be able to look it up on the internet in front of you). If a HP and a coil and furnace are an AHRI match... they are good.
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