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  1. #1
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    Change this belt!

    Looks simple enough, but wait a minute........that isn't the blower access side of the air handler....


    This is!



    Most expensive belt change quote ever. New belt comes with a new unit!
    Last edited by mark beiser; 07-29-2009 at 11:42 PM.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Maybe get a backhoe ,dig down, have the concrete guys cut a hole through that wall....then change the belt(maybe throw some grease at it as long as your there...) .
    Then reverse order everything.
    Reapply every three months....

    That is right up there with the worst ever.
    GO DAWGS!

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    I had a similar type repair.............ended up cutting an access panel on the open side, made it look nice so the next guy can work at ease.

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    what happens when sheet metal guys think its a "magic box"

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    Why every company needs that one really skinny guy.

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    When you fix that one, there is one in a church in Killeen that is installed the same way. I refused to work on that gas furnace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgohdes View Post
    When you fix that one, there is one in a church in Killeen that is installed the same way. I refused to work on that gas furnace.
    This one is in a church too, there are 4 mechanical rooms in one of the buildings with 2 units installed exactly like this in each room.

    Another building has about a dozen 3.5 to 7.5 ton split heat pumps that all have 150'+ linesets, with over sized liquid lines, but absolutely no accessories to deal with the problems caused by the long lines and huge refrigerant volumes. Most of them have had their high pressure switches bypassed...

    The main sanctuary had a 25 ton split heat pump and a 40 ton air handler with 3 heat pumps that all have refrigerant leaks they "don't have the money" to fix, and oil return problems due to poor piping.

    We sold them a maintenance contract, but declined to continue it after 6 months before collecting the 2nd half of the contract. Just wasn't worth the hassle of dealing with a difficult individual as our contact person, and their lack of desire to do anything but the minimum to get a unit going if something broke.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Hard to walk away from customers, but sometimes it happens.
    GO DAWGS!

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    Is that a MERV 8 in there. Looks like it's slowly becoming a MERV 20.

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    I think the same contractors were used on the churches. I've never seen such a poor install. If I had to cut into the wall to service the unit, I would be in the choir pulpit.

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    ... all I really wanna know is what was going through the guys head that was installing that unit ... they deserve a kick in the crotch :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodigal View Post
    ... all I really wanna know is what was going through the guys head that was installing that unit ... they deserve a kick in the crotch :P
    Multiple choice-

    The installer was:

    a. the general contractors un-employed brother-in-law.

    b. in a hurry to finish since it was 4:00 on a Friday

    c. aware that he would never have to service the unit

    d. all of the above
    It's a mechanical device, designed by humans, built by humans and operated by humans. What could possibly go wrong?

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    Had that one before, had a bad txv. Gave them the repair bill they freaked out and said what would the cost be of a new unit. I said the same price read the repair that's what you're getting.
    Global Warming or: None like it hot
    No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air. -Dogma

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