I can't help you if your whatsis won't work, people (Especially if it's a refrigerator); I have no experience with appliances, and I haven't been involved with H&AC service and repair since March 08, 1996 (Thank the Lord); I always send a "standard" reply to appliance questions and H&AC "Service and Repair" questions (about 20 a month), so if you want to know why your whatsis isn't working like it used to, ask someone else. A lot of my answers arenít read by the questioners; in that event, I always send reminders to read the answers for a month or more (the word "idiots" comes to mind - actually there's another more appropriate word, but discretion prevents its use here). If you have questions about how big a unit you need, if one room's warmer than the others, if you want an opinion oas to scope of work on bids received, etc. just ask. Do visit www.askweldin.com, there's a lot of good information on sizing, ductwork, efficiency, as well as some techniques accomplished DIY-ers can use to troubleshoot and improve their H&AC. Finally, I want to thank all of the kind, serious people whom I meet here: I enjoy working with you. My wife says I'm "snarky" from time to time; as for you others, please use your imagination as to the responses swirling on the snarky side of my brain when I read your questions.
53 years in the business. See www.askweldin.com
B of ME U of D 1965, numerous classes, seminars and a lot of "Hands On" learning since.
Helping homeowners who've gotten a raw deal. Really.
I would love to be put out of work because the industry cleans up its act.
Contractors frequently (deliberately?) misdiagnose ductwork problems as insufficient cooling: Some rooms are not cooling, so the system must be too small; it's good business for a contractor. In fact, I've never seen an undersized residential system; the most frequent problem is "Too Much Equipment, Too Little Ductwork". I normally reduce cooling capacity when I develop an Improvement Plan.
Installing ductwork is a labor intensive operation, and many contractors profit by doing it too quickly. The end result is energy intensive: Conditioned air leaks to/from unconditioned spaces, too much heat is gained/lost because of improper insulation, rooms are overheated/overcooled because the system can't be balanced, etc.
It's hard to find an installer who knows how to, and will take the time to, install it correctly. Plus you don't want to use it for handling return or exhaust air, because dirt will build up in the corrugations
Hello, NUR! As you've read, I haven't been involved in service and repair since March, 1996. My knowledge of what's "best" is therefore out of date. You can't go wrong with one of the big three (Carrier
I doubt it, but replacing the indoor section might be the only way to be sure it's free of mold. You should consider bringing in an Industrial Hygienist who specializes in mold studies, to go through
Juergen: It's quite common today to provide a 40MBH furnace for a 3,000SF two story detached home (new construction) here in Sussex County, DE (Design 18F). How does that extrapolate to a 1,000SF, 80
Nan: Why would someone occupy another's (free) time and then not have the courtesy to read his reply? That doesn't happen often here, fortunately: Most of the questioners do display a certain degree
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