I see where your coming from but please understand, I know I have a problem and my principle goal has always been to determine where that problem lies. As I see it, there are really 3 possibilites; 1) the existing system, 2) the installation or 3)my house/yard. The house and yard haven't changed. The installation hasn't changed. the sytems older but otherwise, hasn't changed either. I obviously trusted the sizing calcs becuase I bought the system. However, since the system never worked right, even when brand new, I think it would be foolish to ignore a possible sizing problem in light of more than one opinion of undersizing. If you read back, a few have suggested that I should to the calcs myself. I didn't know how and didn't even try until someone pointed out the program to do it... I'm just trying to follow up on any advise that may help.
The humid1 & marko1,
I've heard similar opinions more times than you know. I guess I understand why you might think that but I'd bet you haven't read the whole post, or maybe just not carefully enough. AND, I don't blame you for that.. its awfully long and boring to be sure.
With all due respect (and I'm trying to calm the cord you struck), picking the best guy and leaving him alone is what got me here. AND, blindly following similar advise hasn't served me much better. So I'm not doing that anymore.
There are two sayings that I'm growing very fond of these days "once bitten, twice shy" and "if you want something done right, do it yourself". I'm not an HVAC engineer and didn't desire to become one. I didn't size the system, and admitted I didn't know how. I just wanted to be sure I would be comfortable once it was done. After all, I didn't low ball this... but this quote, though higher, didn't have as much tonnage as some other cheaper quotes...hence I questioned the size and was assured it was optimal by "the best guy" that I left alone.
If this system had initially worked and then slowly gotten worst, I would agree with you. If it had worked until the lighnting strike then started acting flaky, I would agree with the next poster. If I had replaced the t-stats and caps and not had both electricians and HVAC guys out, I too would question the incident. But the facts indicate otherwise. There are still so many details that would just take too long to recount but the main ones are all here.
The symptoms and their history are not facts easily erased by foundless blame on incidents or beliefs perpetuated by protectionism of craft. In fact, foundless blame, given the facts, serves to cloud the issue and fosters ideas that the main "chief" (that would be me), is part of the problem. At least thats how I took your comments....And you know what, I'm used to that from many in your profession. They are the smae ones that when things go wrong can't even consider the possibilty that they may have made a mistake. They'll go to great lengths to blame eveything but themselves. Well let me be so bold as to tell you my thoughts on that. Respect for men, be they proffesionals or craftsmen or garbage collectors is earned by their conduct, not given freely becuase of a sign on a van or an ad in the phonebook or even a name on shirt. I have more respect for an honest man that admits to a mistake and asks for help covering the costs to fix it than the guy that covers up his mistakes, tries to shift blame to equipment or subs or suppliers or manufatcures then tries to look like the hero becuase he didn't charge to fix what was messed up on his job.
I treat others like I want to be treated. If a prospective customer wants to test your knowledge of your craft and you get upset, what kind of message does that send? Do you think it would make the customer trust you more or less if you got upset at the mere question? Logic suggests you would only get upset if you didn't know the answer and got caught... in which case, I wouldn't want you in my home anyway. I've read most of the articles on this site about theory and I would bet you dollars to donuts that if I called every HVAC company in my yellow pages and had them send out a tech for a service call and I asked that tech questions on superheating, subcooling, saturation and "proper" charging methods, many if not most, would be unable to answer one if not all the questions... Do you think I'm wrong?
Sorry for the rant but unless you read all the facts you can't minimize the problem.
[Edited by jav on 06-18-2004 at 09:40 PM]