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    I've installed almost every brand out there and...

    I've installed almost every brand out there and I'm sure CH is the same as everyone else's stuff. If you install it by the book it'll work well and go a good 15 years. I've been installing a lot of...
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    You know in this day and age when a lot of folks...

    You know in this day and age when a lot of folks can't afford food I'm not going to spend this kind of money on a bender if it doesn't even improve the overall quality of my work. Everyone's right...
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    FYI the Carrier unit is made by Midea. You'll...

    FYI the Carrier unit is made by Midea. You'll pay twice as much for it because it has the Carrier logo than if you just bought it through Midea directly. I know there's a couple online stores that...
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    My deductable has always been around 5K per...

    My deductable has always been around 5K per person and 10K per family. That has never changed for me.
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    I'm not sure why your premiums went up 400%. ...

    I'm not sure why your premiums went up 400%. That's a lot. I had 2 more kids in the last 10 years and overall my premiums went from $490 per month to $1180.00 per month. Again my family went from...
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    I've seen jobs were the installer cut the lineset...

    I've seen jobs were the installer cut the lineset too short. It caused the indoor unit to cycle the air speed up and down. I got to be the one to relay the bad news that the install wasn't right...
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    Your emails are in the same place as the Red...

    Your emails are in the same place as the Red Cross 9/11 relief funds ;) Sorry Dude
  8. Wow I make literally 7x that per hour and I don't...

    Wow I make literally 7x that per hour and I don't have to be on call. I'll admit I have no insurance but these days insurance policies are of almost no value anyway...
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    I'm not sold on them myself. I still use media...

    I'm not sold on them myself. I still use media air cleaners and a good UV light system. It's tried and true and easy to maintain.
  10. Wow I used that same drain cleaner at my first...

    Wow I used that same drain cleaner at my first job 20 years ago. Back then I worked at a facility Engineer for a college with 3 high pressure steam boilers. Of course I went around and did other...
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    It seems like all manufacturers are charging a...

    It seems like all manufacturers are charging a fortune these days for their equipment. But if you want a good product at a reasonable price by today's standards my suggestion would be to take a good...
  12. I guess you could say there are good quality...

    I guess you could say there are good quality customers and bad one's too. I've shared a few stories on this site about nightmare customers I had in the past. But over time I was able to read...
  13. I personally don't have that problem because I...

    I personally don't have that problem because I engineer and install all the equipment myself. If you're getting complaints all the time and having to give money back your crew is probably not a A...
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    The Victor Regulators certainly work really well....

    The Victor Regulators certainly work really well. But sometimes my regulators get a little beat up in the process of carrying my torch around the jobsite and loading back into my truck. I've had a...
  15. My take on the matter is that anyone who is...

    My take on the matter is that anyone who is licensed and comes with a few decades of experience is probably capable of running their own local shop. You're indicating that you'd like to own an HVAC...
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    We have a UF here in the Seattle area. I'll...

    We have a UF here in the Seattle area. I'll check with them. Thanks
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    Rectorseal Lineset Cover :(

    I've been using Diversitec Linehide for 7 years and I have no complaints. The covers lock together really well and the fittings don't crack and break.

    But I decided to try the new Rectorseal...
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    I've been doing mechanical for 23 years now. My...

    I've been doing mechanical for 23 years now. My dream is to apprentice all three of my kids when they're old enough and so they won't have to go to college and take on an enormous debt load. It...
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    York is using a process whereby they give the...

    York is using a process whereby they give the client "busy work" in hopes they'll get frustrated and walk away. Think about it....... York knows perfectly well who bought the unit and approximately...
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    Cummins just launched a hydrogen powered...

    Cummins just launched a hydrogen powered commerical bus engine. Maybe that has some use. Funny how they had to design several drains to handle all the water going through the motor because when you...
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    It's soo odd to see people who have absolutely no...

    It's soo odd to see people who have absolutely no HVAC experience try to get into this business by starting their own company. The way it should work is you apprentice out of high school, get...
  22. I make 3x that amount since I work for myself and...

    I make 3x that amount since I work for myself and I typically work only 30-35 hours per week. It certainly pays to work for yourself. I get to go on months long vacations with the family every year...
  23. I have the M18 SDS version. Got it used on ebay...

    I have the M18 SDS version. Got it used on ebay for 100 bucks and it came with a 5.0 battery. Can't say if that M12 unit will do any larger than 1/4 holes but let us know......
  24. This is a very common issue we see in our line of...

    This is a very common issue we see in our line of work. In fact an overwelming cause of most customer complaints are installation issues, not manufactures defects.
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    x2 There's frankly very little difference...

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    There's frankly very little difference between manufacturers these days and many parts between various furnaces are actually interchangeable. The quality of your installation is everything.
  26. Thread: Die Hard

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    That unit is a "die hard". Other cheap units I...

    That unit is a "die hard". Other cheap units I see these days are a "Croke easy" :)
  27. single wall requires a 6" clearance to...

    single wall requires a 6" clearance to combustibles.

    Single wall is perfectly ok when the the gas burning appliance is in a conditioned location. If it's in a cold location you should pipe with...
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    Well you're doing it for free. So you shouldn't...

    Well you're doing it for free. So you shouldn't have to put too much effort into the repair. R410A should be okay in the short term.
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    Geez all this talk of spraying chemicals. I hope...

    Geez all this talk of spraying chemicals. I hope whatever remedy you go with isn't more dangerous than the mold you're trying to get rid off. I'm sorry you're having to deal with this, but...
  30. I'll bet your dealer was trying to sell you on a...

    I'll bet your dealer was trying to sell you on a maintenance contract right????

    So here's the short answer........ First I've warrantied many parts through trane and they have NEVER asked for...
  31. Those generic brands frankly are pretty good...

    Those generic brands frankly are pretty good overall. I haven't worked with MR Cool but I've installed about 6 of the Sineville units and I had no complaints. I personally haven't worked with my...
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    I've seen this happen before. I rented a pipe...

    I've seen this happen before. I rented a pipe threader and it produced fine threads like that. The installer should have seen that. Looks like it's for gas :(
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    The fans usually always run on slow speed when...

    The fans usually always run on slow speed when they are on. They use a temp sensor that is mounted near the blower and they only way they can get an accurate view of how the room is doing is by...
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    Sounds like the sound of it defrosting can be...

    Sounds like the sound of it defrosting can be heard inside. This is an installer issue under these circumstances. It's normal for the equipment to do make a noise when it defrosts and the...
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    Check the air filters. Air pulsing noises are...

    Check the air filters. Air pulsing noises are usually do to low air flow on inverter air handlers.
  36. Haven't tried em yet. Personally my hydraulic...

    Haven't tried em yet. Personally my hydraulic tool has always been great and I'm sticking with it for the future. Only cost me a 100 bucks on Amazon.
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    Nope :(

    Nope :(
  38. I started my own HVAC business in 2009 and it was...

    I started my own HVAC business in 2009 and it was the best career choice I ever made. I easily make 3-4 times more than I ever did working for someone else and I chose my own hours. I work as...
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    Honeywell EIM's are very hard to find right now. ...

    Honeywell EIM's are very hard to find right now. It would probably be easier to pull new wire than locate one of them.
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    The manufactures installation book usually says...

    The manufactures installation book usually says to pipe the exhaust vent so it's several feet above any protentional snow layer. Just make sure you don't extend the vent beyond the maximum length...
  41. Thread: Flex Duct

    by James Colver
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    That's really the only option right now. I'm...

    That's really the only option right now. I'm glad I don't do new construction :)
  42. Thread: Flex Duct

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    I was told by all my suppliers to expect major...

    I was told by all my suppliers to expect major inventory shortages for plastic materials for all of 2022. I bought up a ton of PVC pipe and silicone for this reason.
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    I bought one in simular condition for 100 bucks...

    I bought one in simular condition for 100 bucks on ebay about 10 years ago. Yes it's really nice that I can calibrate the CO sensor and that's a huge advantage with Bacharach
  44. Why You Should ALWAYS Commission Your New Installation......

    Today I finished a new installation of an Ameristar 96% furnace model A961X060BU4AB. As soon as I fired the burner I could tell something was way off. There were sparks in the flame and the exhaust...
  45. It'll make a 1/2 gallon or so every hour during...

    It'll make a 1/2 gallon or so every hour during heating. It'll drain a good amount of water too when it defrosts.

    My concern with a pan is with it freezing in the winter. You could have a heat...
  46. This site does not offer DIY advice. It would...

    This site does not offer DIY advice. It would take years to train you and bring you up to speed.

    You'll need to perform a Manual J or have someone else help with that so you'll know how large...
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    I'd defer to the HVAC companies recommendation on...

    I'd defer to the HVAC companies recommendation on the Humidifier. With the awfully cold weather in the midwest your heater will run a lot more and dry the air out inside.

    My preference is to...
  48. There's A LOT of work in Seattle. I know an...

    There's A LOT of work in Seattle. I know an electrical company up north and if your motivated and are willing to learn they'd hire ya tomorrow. Generally a first year apprentice earns about 20 and...
  49. Any tech who's worth their salt ALWAYS reads the...

    Any tech who's worth their salt ALWAYS reads the manual that comes with the equipment and ALWAYS leaves the manual with the installation so it can be referenced by the inspector.
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    I've never seen a universal board for a ductless...

    I've never seen a universal board for a ductless unit.

    Odds are the reciever on the front of the ductless unit is bad and that's why it's not recieving the commands from the remote. You can...
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