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11-30-05, 01:33 PM
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I have two 18 y.o Trane heat pumps (1st and 2nd...

I have two 18 y.o Trane heat pumps (1st and 2nd fl) that are about to die (but maybe will last another year or so). I only had one contractor to come out and look at it and he quoted me $7,000 to...
10-24-05, 07:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,527
Posted By WannaKnow

ED, You are absolutely right! I am very...

ED,
You are absolutely right! I am very ignorant about HVAC issues. I looked and found out that the vent pipe is going from the furnace (Trane XL90) that surves as a backup/emergency heat for our...
10-21-05, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,527
Posted By WannaKnow

Heat pump leaking water. Why?

I have two heat pumps - 1st and 2nd floor units. One of them is leaking lots of water in winter time. Tech said that the pan that collects water is all rusted through and the water is not being...
Replies: 5
Views: 5,324
Posted By WannaKnow

Battery backup sump pump

I have a house with two sump pumps in the same pit. One is supposedly for backup purposes, but it's still operated from electrical outlet. Why would previous owners install this set up I don't...
10-18-05, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,300
Posted By WannaKnow

I just read that this is the old theory that the...

I just read that this is the old theory that the heat pumps should NOT be set back when you're away. They say with the new and improved thermostats that are designed specifically for heat pumps you...
10-18-05, 07:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By WannaKnow

Well, I am not changing the 19-y.o. system for a...

Well, I am not changing the 19-y.o. system for a simple reason - don't have the money now. :o

Do heat pumps (that's what I have now) have the same ratings - SEER 10, SEER13, etc.? Do they mean...
10-17-05, 01:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By WannaKnow

Unfortunately, I do not know the true source of...

Unfortunately, I do not know the true source of this rumor. It was mentioned to me by someone who heard it from someone else. I had some doubts about the validity and decided to ask the pros here....
10-17-05, 12:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,299
Posted By WannaKnow

Termidor - preventative termite service

I am interested in hearing about the value of preventative termite services. I got a quote from exterminator to do Termidor termite service for $1,400. We have about 170 - 200 linear feet of...
10-17-05, 10:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,294
Posted By WannaKnow

What's optimal temperature spread for programmable thermostat?

In the past it was not recommended to vary temperature for heat pumps as they lose their efficiency when trying to catch up. Modern thermostats for heat pumps allow to set back the temperature when...
10-17-05, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,487
Posted By WannaKnow

Magnetic vent covers - good or bad?

Expecting prices for heating this winter to skyrocket, I started thinking how to save money on it. Saw ads about magnetic vent/register covers to seal the vents in rooms that are not used. We have...
10-17-05, 09:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By WannaKnow

Heating unit prices jump rumor - true or not?

Somebody told me that the prices for A/C and heating units will go up 20 - 50% starting this November 1st, 2005. Not sure why and not sure how can all manufacturers raise prices like that at once,...
10-17-05, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By WannaKnow

Merged into one thread.

Merged into one thread.
09-07-05, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 912
Posted By WannaKnow

A/C used to trip circuit breaker

Here's a strange problem, maybe you could help me with.

Some time ago I noticed that the second floor A/C (actually heat pump) unit stopped blowing cold air. The air was going, but not cold. I...
Replies: 1
Views: 1,499
Posted By WannaKnow

Oxygen bleach - anyone tried it?

I found websites that sell oxygen bleach and promise it cleans pretty much anything. Well, I am only interested in tile grout and they say it's especially good for that - mix with water, spread,...
Replies: 2
Views: 13,438
Posted By WannaKnow

Garage [rain water] leak

During heavy rains we get some water seeping into garage along the outer wall. It seems that it's coming either from the corner of the wall and the floor (concrete slab) and/or seeping from the...
Replies: 1
Views: 1,144
Posted By WannaKnow

Log (firewood) storage box leaking

We had severe rains last weekend and my firewood storage box (located near the fireplace) leaked again. This log box is part of the fireplace structure, yet it's walled off from the fireplace with...
07-18-05, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,711
Posted By WannaKnow

Window well filling with water

We had some severe rains past weekend and I noticed that the window well (only of the two) of the basement window is filling up with water. We have glass block windows there with a vent I was...
Replies: 1
Views: 855
Posted By WannaKnow

Cleaning shower drain

Shower drain got clogged recently. I used the plumbing snake and pulled out tons of hair. Not the most pleasant of tasks, most would agree. Hence two questions:

1) What other tools can be used...
01-26-05, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,552
Posted By WannaKnow

Heat pump or Gas Furnace? What's better?

Our heating and A/C system is about 17 y.o. is nearing it's end. The A/C professional said it's not worth fixing it - just let it die and buy a new system. It can go any day and I would like to...
Replies: 1
Views: 897
Posted By WannaKnow

Office phone system with cordless phones - does it exist?

I would like to know if there is any phone system out there that has cordless keysets or dual (corded/cordless) keysets. I saw Panasonic phone like that, but not sure if it's compatible with my...
12-20-04, 07:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,782
Posted By WannaKnow

Well... HVAC guy came over to take a look at our...

Well... HVAC guy came over to take a look at our heat pump leak... He said the heat pump indoor unit is all rusted out inside and the water that is being collected there is possibly leaking through...
12-17-04, 09:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 19,699
Posted By WannaKnow

Heat pump efficiency - what's the temp range?

I know that heat pumps are very efficient within a certain temperature range. Some say below 40F it becomes very inefficient. Others say it's below 32F. Do you know with more certainty?

I have...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,026
Posted By WannaKnow

Well, it looks like my system is not letting the...

Well, it looks like my system is not letting the called ID info through. My house has two types of phone jacks - system and non-system jacks. When I plug in the phone to non-system jack, the called...
12-16-04, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,782
Posted By WannaKnow

Heat pump - water leaking from it - why?

Hi,

We have a heat pump system with emergency gas backup. Two days ago, as temperatures plunged into low 30's, high 20's here in PA, I noticed some water on the floor in the basement that seems...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,026
Posted By WannaKnow

Home phone system and called ID

Hi,

We bought a house with a phone system. It was installed by previous owners, who hired local phone and security company. The system is Samsung. It's pretty advanced. Shows called ID on the...
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