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    Question How will humidifier plenum hole downsize be done?

    The wrong humidifier was installed on my system (heat pump & A/C). I have a horizontal furnace and a fan powered unit was installed. This was discovered thanks to the help on this forum. What should have been installed was bypass unit.

    The fan unit has a 14.813" x 15.25" opening. The bypass unit has a 9.875" x 12.75" opening. Obviously, the hole in the plenum will need to be reduced to fit the bypass unit.

    How should the HVAC technician reduce the size of the hole in plenum, which is a sheet metal box, and install the bypass unit? Will they be able to do it so that it does not leak? I am hoping that the entire supply plenum will not need to be replaced? What should I look for in the finished installation?

    Thanks

    Mike

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    It shouldn't be that difficult. The tech can put a piece of panning across the old hole, And then cut the new hole into that

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_griff View Post
    It shouldn't be that difficult. The tech can put a piece of panning across the old hole, And then cut the new hole into that
    I am a little gun shy on the techs from this vendor. Had I not bought the unit from him initially I would probably use someone else.

    Would the patch just be installed with some sheet metal screws? How would it be sealed around the edges?

    I have found what appears to the the solution to my problem. I am seriously considering the Honeywell HM512VPIAQ as the replacement rather than the bypass unit. It requires an even smaller hole (1-3/4") and hopefully it will make it easier to patch. I just hope the vendor is up to the task.

    Thanks for the response.

    Mike

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    Sounds like Mike cut the wrong size hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeV99 View Post
    I am a little gun shy on the techs from this vendor. Had I not bought the unit from him initially I would probably use someone else.

    Would the patch just be installed with some sheet metal screws? How would it be sealed around the edges?

    I have found what appears to the the solution to my problem. I am seriously considering the Honeywell HM512VPIAQ as the replacement rather than the bypass unit. It requires an even smaller hole (1-3/4") and hopefully it will make it easier to patch. I just hope the vendor is up to the task.

    Thanks for the response.

    Mike

    Yes sheet metal (Zip) screws and some mastic and top off with some metal tape. I know some parts house carry flat metal, heck even Lowes carries small sheets that normally made for panning between joists still works good for a patch.
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    I'd hope he uses heavier guage stock then panning.

    But, yes a piece of flat sheet meatal can be used.

    You would probably be better off with a steamer instead of just a bypass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by troyorr View Post
    Sounds like Mike cut the wrong size hole.
    Actually a vendor installed a Carrier fan-powered humidifier on a horizontal plenum. Unfortunately, he did so without checking the specs closely enough to find out that it should not be installed. Hence, I have had blow back air coming out of the unit for the last 2 years. A post on this forum pointed out the problem.

    Now I am trying to figure out the best solution for replacement.

    Arggg...


    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelPaladin View Post
    Yes sheet metal (Zip) screws and some mastic and top off with some metal tape. I know some parts house carry flat metal, heck even Lowes carries small sheets that normally made for panning between joists still works good for a patch.

    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    I'd hope he uses heavier guage stock then panning. But, yes a piece of flat sheet meatal can be used. You would probably be better off with a steamer instead of just a bypass.
    Mastic and metal tape. That should do the job! Thanks all, it was exactly what I needed to know.

    I am leaning toward the Honeywell HM512VPIAQ steam unit. It looks like it will just perfect for my situation.

    Thanks

    Mike

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