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I tend to favor...

I tend to favor AYP/Electrolux/whatever-their-name-is-now designed and built for residential use. Those would be the Sears 917.xxxxxx series. The higher-priced Sears units are equivalent to...
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I would have suggested just using a 'glaze...

I would have suggested just using a 'glaze breaker' when installing the new pistons & rings. If there were no scoring marks, a glaze breaker would help the new rings to seat. I would also have...
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Posted By tmwalsh

A paper air filter element will not flow air if...

A paper air filter element will not flow air if it gets oiled. I would try dropping the float bowl to check for oil. You'll need to catch the contents, and should empty the fuel tank before doing...
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I would be checking the throttle linkage and...

I would be checking the throttle linkage and governor. If you can force the engine to run properly, or at higher rpm, by moving the linkage manually, it does not have a fuel flow problem. If the...
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Posted By tmwalsh

The 42" deck models are scarce. I have seen two...

The 42" deck models are scarce. I have seen two on the NW GA c-list. One was in excellent condition, and sold quickly. The other relatively beat-up, and it did not sell so well.
I think there...
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Posted By tmwalsh

If you have difficulty rotating the crankshaft...

If you have difficulty rotating the crankshaft nearing TDC, then you do NOT have a compression problem. I suspect you are not rotating the engine fast enough to fire properly. There must be enough...
01-31-09, 05:49 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

The system could be low on refrigerant, the...

The system could be low on refrigerant, the compressor could be worn out, the pressure switches might be detecting a problem, or your compressor could be overheating, and opening the overtemp switch...
01-31-09, 05:39 PM
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Heck, I just hang a thermometer in front of the...

Heck, I just hang a thermometer in front of the air return, and one in a nearby outlet register. You can get 18-20+ degrees difference between the return and supply air temps. Doan need no...
01-31-09, 05:30 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

If you have 24v and the contactor is not closing,...

If you have 24v and the contactor is not closing, there's something wrong. The defrost board just interrupts power to the outside fan, leaving the compressor powered up. ... It also flips the...
01-29-09, 10:55 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

I suggest doing some math. Find the amperage of...

I suggest doing some math. Find the amperage of your air handler FAN MOTOR. Multiply and divide a bit to determine if the numbers are within the rational. If not, get your local power company out...
01-29-09, 10:32 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

As a consumer, not a pro, I have seen a 'disc...

As a consumer, not a pro, I have seen a 'disc type' sequencer (thermal switch) get flaky, and work sometimes and then not...
Your mileage may vary.

On the other hand, some sequencers are a...
01-29-09, 10:24 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

If you think about it for a bit, you will realize...

If you think about it for a bit, you will realize that the temperature ranges involved for heating and cooling are somewhat different. To cool, you have to get the coils a 'little bit' cooler than...
01-23-09, 01:13 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

Use you multimeter to probe for the low AC...

Use you multimeter to probe for the low AC voltage that is used to run the control system. You may have cooked the transformer, or blown the fuse. It probably is internal to the air handler, where...
01-23-09, 11:24 AM
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Posted By tmwalsh

I don't quite understand where the pipes are...

I don't quite understand where the pipes are located. If they are in the wall or below the floor in the crawl space. If they are under the crawlspace, you can insulate them or use a heat 'tape'...
01-23-09, 11:17 AM
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Posted By tmwalsh

Did you listen to the outside unit to determine...

Did you listen to the outside unit to determine if the compressor was running? You may have problems with the contactor, temp sensors, or one of the other parts, such as the defrost controller. If...
01-23-09, 11:13 AM
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Posted By tmwalsh

Measure across the sensor when you know that it...

Measure across the sensor when you know that it is above 32, and has been that way for a while to insure that it 'knows' it should be open. (I think) Then measure across the switch when you know it...
01-23-09, 11:05 AM
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Posted By tmwalsh

I would go listen to the outside unit to...

I would go listen to the outside unit to determine what it sounds like when it is putting out heat. Then I would go back when it gets cool. If there is a difference in sound, such as the compressor...
01-23-09, 10:55 AM
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Posted By tmwalsh

The two mercury switches control the compressor...

The two mercury switches control the compressor and the heat strips, not the fan. If the system is wired properly. The second mercury switch turns on the heat strips if the desired set temperature...
01-22-09, 02:58 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

You can try Sears partsdirect.com web site. I...

You can try Sears partsdirect.com web site. I was able to get a defrost temp sensor there for a Goodman, which is now dead and in the process of being replaced. Are you sure that the switchover...
01-20-09, 04:31 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

I wasn't very clear. We moved into a home that...

I wasn't very clear. We moved into a home that was about 5-6 years old. The larger Trane, 36k, was used for about a month after we moved in when the compressor locked up. It was replaced with a...
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Posted By tmwalsh

Quote: "If you are having problems with wireless...

Quote: "If you are having problems with wireless devices working only sometimes, try changing the channel the router is using. Overlapping channels can cause connectivity problems."
Channels will...
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Posted By tmwalsh

It is possible that the smoke and smell came from...

It is possible that the smoke and smell came from the plastic melting and so on inside the power connector or the power cord. If the power cord connectors were not making good contact with the power...
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Posted By tmwalsh

Have you set the Vista firewall to allow AVG to...

Have you set the Vista firewall to allow AVG to access the internet? It may have to be added manually to the 'allowed' list. If you can use IE to access the Web, you are as connected as you should...
01-19-09, 05:44 PM
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Posted By tmwalsh

I just had a different brand bite the dust. It...

I just had a different brand bite the dust. It seemed to be dipping into the 'emergency' a bit more than it had in the past. I think it was calling out for help. Ok, humor over, it did die, and...
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Posted By tmwalsh

Used to be that JCWhitney sold an expoxy kit to...

Used to be that JCWhitney sold an expoxy kit to coat the inside of fuel tanks that had corroded. I used it on my old Honda, and it has kept more rust from forming. There were two components, an...
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