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  1. #1
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    Permit - Red Tag

    All,
    My HVAC contractor got a red flag on the permit that says:

    "Wrong size breaker:
    AHU Maximum Overcurrent Protection is 35 Amp, breaker is 50 Amp. Condenser MOCP is 40 Amp, breaker is 50 Amp"

    Do you think it was just an oversight or was it deliberate with the intent of saving money on the part of the installer?

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    oversight...... he will correct it.
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  3. #3
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    I don't think it was deliberate, just an oversight.

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    If he's saving money by buying bigger breakers than he needs to....... he's got problems....... lol
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  5. #5
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    Here in MI, this would not fall under a mechanical contractors permit, but rather an electrical permit pulled by a licensed electrician.
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    Is the wire sized for 50a and is there a fused disconnect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwiehagen76 View Post
    Is the wire sized for 50a and is there a fused disconnect?
    bingo...........good observation........I think that would be allowed.

    As far as deliberately using the wrong size breaker to cut corners and save money, he paid more for the 50's than the 35 and 40 amp breakers.

    jeeeeez
    Why do people think we are all about getting over on them........

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    it looks to me as if he installed them backwards-- flip flop em

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwiehagen76 View Post
    Is the wire sized for 50a and is there a fused disconnect?
    He's got a red tagged inspection....... somebodies gonna be changing a breaker or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papa_jo View Post
    it looks to me as if he installed them backwards-- flip flop em
    ahhhhhhhhh if he did that they'd still be 50's........................

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    He probably took out a larger less efficient unit and when he replaced it with a newer high efficiency unit forgot to change it.

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    The difference in price is equivalent to a cup of coffee at your convenience store. If he pinches pennies that much, you have bigger problems.
    I like DIY'ers. They pay better to fix.

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