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07-29-10, 08:52 PM
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Posted By Jones1

Before you start replacing parts, I'd check them....

Before you start replacing parts, I'd check them. If the sound is coming from the big black thing, I'd suspect the compressor, not the contactor. However, if the contactor is bad, it should be...
07-29-10, 08:17 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 19,699
Posted By Jones1

I would disconnect and check the thermostat leads...

I would disconnect and check the thermostat leads themselves; if voltage is there but they don't pull in the contactor when you hook them back up I'd check for an open circuit between blue and black;...
07-26-10, 04:22 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 19,699
Posted By Jones1

The contactor uses a 24v coil to create a magnet...

The contactor uses a 24v coil to create a magnet that pulls the contactor in. Then the contactor passes 240v through it. Before you replace the contactor, verify that there is in fact 24v on either...
07-26-10, 04:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,364
Posted By Jones1

My experience with capacitors is that either they...

My experience with capacitors is that either they work or they don't. How old is the unit? We sometimes install "hard start" capacitors which give older units with high amp draw a little more...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,448
Posted By Jones1

What's happening is that the ductwork is...

What's happening is that the ductwork is pressurizing when the fan comes on, and that pushes outwards on all the sides of the duct, sort of like weakly inflating a balloon. When the blower goes off,...
Replies: 6
Views: 3,515
Posted By Jones1

It can be both. A refractory fire chamber...

It can be both. A refractory fire chamber reflects the heat of the flame back into the fuel spray which allows it to burn more completely and consistently. The target wall also protects the fire...
07-26-10, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 43,441
Posted By Jones1

What Clocert said has got me thinking... Where...

What Clocert said has got me thinking... Where in your house is your air handler, and where is the ductwork? I've seen ductwork come undone from air handlers in attics so that they sucked in 110*...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,194
Posted By Jones1

Good thinking Trooper. I actually thought of...

Good thinking Trooper. I actually thought of that but discarded it thinking the recycle period is longer...but I only use one type of control.

nbernardo, if it seems to be a regular interval...
07-23-10, 05:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By Jones1

Lightbulb PS. - A better solution for you might be to spend...

PS. - A better solution for you might be to spend a couple hundred dollars on window A/C units until you can replace the central air. I've been amazed at how well two window units cool my whole...
07-23-10, 05:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By Jones1

Absolutely, under no circumstance, should you do...

Absolutely, under no circumstance, should you do this. Improperly sized A/C will cause you nothing but headaches; getting the coil to fit on your air handler might work (read: anything is possible...
07-23-10, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,366
Posted By Jones1

Assuming your thermostat -doesn't- have a fan...

Assuming your thermostat -doesn't- have a fan switch option, the much more involved and not very recommended way would involve bringing 120v through a switch to the red lead currently at "Lo", and...
07-23-10, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 898
Posted By Jones1

The air adjustment on the burner might be out of...

The air adjustment on the burner might be out of whack. You need a smoke tester to check it accurately. If there's an opening for you to look at the flame, see if it seems smoky and orange, or...
07-23-10, 04:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 918
Posted By Jones1

I can't say where this vent might be, but check...

I can't say where this vent might be, but check outside to see if your condenser is running. If it is, and you aren't getting air out of your registers, and the plenum (the metal around the inside...
07-23-10, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,259
Posted By Jones1

Try disconnecting the blower wiring. Mark any...

Try disconnecting the blower wiring. Mark any leads that need to be removed so you know where they went (and/or take a picture with the ubiquitous camera phone for reference) then turn the power on....
Forum: Water Heaters
07-23-10, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,560
Posted By Jones1

Could the solder/braze joint be repaired? Seems...

Could the solder/braze joint be repaired? Seems like an easier, cheaper solution than replacing it. I haven't seen it though, so ask your plumber.
Forum: Water Heaters
07-23-10, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By Jones1

Have you checked to make sure the thermocouple is...

Have you checked to make sure the thermocouple is in the flame? A lot of burners use a metal deflector to push the flame at an angle and into the thermocouple. If it burns off, rusts away, or...
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Views: 1,194
Posted By Jones1

I agree with 1maytech. If you're handy with a...

I agree with 1maytech. If you're handy with a volt meter you can check it yourself; it should have one lead for power in, coming from the aquastat, one lead for neutral, and one or more for various...
Replies: 17
Views: 16,033
Posted By Jones1

I work for a small oil company in South Jersey,...

I work for a small oil company in South Jersey, and we regularly install oil tanks of all kinds outside. I've never seen a tank heater in NJ. I've only even heard of them being installed in Alaska...
07-22-10, 09:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,933
Posted By Jones1

If it's the capacitor, you should probably be...

If it's the capacitor, you should probably be able to manually spin the fan in the direction it's supposed to go with power on, and it should take off from there (watch your fingers). Also, you can...
07-22-10, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 685
Posted By Jones1

Replied in your other thread (basically same as...

Replied in your other thread (basically same as what has been said here): http://forum.doityourself.com/air-conditioning/429847-ac-repair-help.html#post1750075
07-22-10, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 717
Posted By Jones1

Yes, you can. I see humidifiers drained this way...

Yes, you can. I see humidifiers drained this way all the time.
07-22-10, 09:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,799
Posted By Jones1

You know, I thought that you had said it was...

You know, I thought that you had said it was double pole, but when you described what you found and I couldn't find where you'd said it, I thought I was mistaken. I can't imagine then how you got...
07-22-10, 09:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,332
Posted By Jones1

I looked up some float switches...AquaGuard 1100...

I looked up some float switches...AquaGuard 1100 is available for $7.50, requires no tools, and has two wires. Assuming your condensate drain is pvc, I'd estimate under $20 in parts and a half hour...
07-22-10, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 43,441
Posted By Jones1

The slower the fan speed, the more...

The slower the fan speed, the more dehumidification you'll get. Be careful though that you give the coil enough heat to keep the coil from freezing. Since you have a very new unit I'd expect it to...
07-22-10, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,446
Posted By Jones1

Check to make sure that the breaker is the right...

Check to make sure that the breaker is the right size for the AC. The condenser should have an information plate with minimum ckt. ampacity and max breaker size. If the breaker is larger than...
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