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Goodman 13 SEER Heat Pump Condensing Unit


Goodman 13 SEER Heat Pump Condensing UnitThis Goodman 13 SEER Heat Pump condensing unit is a new installation. The inside Goodman air handler attached to the heat pump condenser via line set was also replaced with this new Goodman heat pump. Its not a good idea to put a new high SEER air conditioner or heat pump condenser without matching it up with a properly rated and efficient air handler especially the coil. In 2006 congress mandated new efficiency levels for split system air conditioners from 10 SEER to 13 SEER. HVAC Manufacturers could no longer sell 10 SEER split system air conditioners or heat pumps to the general public. As a result homeowners were forced to purchase HVAC Equipment that was more efficient which of course costs more to manufacture. Additionally, in the past HVAC contractors could change the condenser if the condenser went bad. The HVAC Contractor could hook up a new condenser to an older air handler before this rule took effect. After the new rule took effect in 2006 the HVAC contractors had no choice but to replace the condensing unit and the air handler as the the older systems rarely matched the newer systems.


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Thermostat Wire Colors Code | HVAC Control


What you will learn in this article:
1) What thermostat wire color is likely to go to which terminal on the thermostat
2) The function of each wire terminal on the average thermostat highlighting some of the differences in those functions from manufacturer to manufacturer

Sometimes the thermostat is not the problem. Please check this article for a checklist of things to check before calling a heating and cooling repair service.

Thermostat Wire Colors Code | HVAC Control

Thermostat Wire Colors CodeThermostat Wire Colors Code – Always follow the thermostat manufacturers instructions whenever changing the thermostat. Always turn the power off at the air handler and the condenser and make sure there is no voltage at the transformer before proceeding. The thermostat wire colors below are the most likely colors used for most installations however your thermostat wire colors may be different than what is indicated here. There is no official standard for thermostat wire colors. Thermostat wiring colors are not standardized but these are the most wiring methods used based on my years of experience in the HVAC field where I successfully wired a lot of thermostats.
Honeywell Thermostats Available Here

For instructions on how to wire a thermostat please see our how to wire a thermostat page.


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Air Conditioner Ductwork Leaks | HVAC Airflow


Air Conditioner Ductwork Leaks

A good consideration when replacing the air conditioning system is the duct work.

Air Conditioner Ductwork Leaks

Red Arrow Shows a Duct Work Leak

Duct work seems to be the most ignored part of an HVAC system but is a very important consideration in this age of new technology and higher energy efficient equipment being developed and manufactured. You can have the most energy efficient engine but if its in an old 60 or 70’s model car your efficiency is going to suffer. The same is true with HVAC systems. You can have the most energy efficient compressor available on the market but if your duct work is leaky or your house or business is not properly insulated that high efficient system you just spent big dollars on is wasted money. For more insight on HVAC ductwork see the High Performance HVAC Ductwork Page.


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How Air Conditioning Works | HVAC Cooling


How Air Conditioning Works

How Air Conditioning Works – AC’s work by removing the heat from the space they service. How Air Conditioning WorksAn AC is simply a big refrigerator that uses the process of refrigeration to provide cooling for a building. AC’s work by using direct expansion coils or chilled water coils to absorb and move the heat from the air as air is blown across the coils. Types of air conditioner systems that use direct expansion coils for cooling are window units, split system air conditioners, package unit air conditioners, packaged terminal air conditioners like the air conditioners used in hotels, and mini-split ductless AC’s. Air conditioners which utilize chilled water for air conditioning are typically commercial air conditioners for large commercial buildings. It doesn’t matter what type of air conditioner is used the coils in the air conditioner system are brought to a temperature colder than the air. These air conditioners coils are designed with materials like copper or aluminum to absorb heat easily and pass this heat to the refrigerant whether the refrigerant is Freon or another type refrigerant chemical or whether that refrigerant is water. Any type of refrigerant is designed to absorb heat. That is how air conditioning works.


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HVAC 3R NEMA Rated Control Panels | DDC Installation


HVAC 3R NEMA Rated Control Panels | DDC InstallationHVAC 3R NEMA Rated Control Panels

HVAC 3R NEMA Rated Control Panels – These control panels offer resistance to inclement weather. They house the DDC controllers for two small chillers and two air handlers. The chillers provide chilled water for air conditioning to the air handlers. The controllers offer energy management for the air conditioning system. The controllers were mounted outside for a few reasons. The main reason was because this location was closest to the HVAC equipment which provides air conditioning to the building. The secondary reason was because there was no safe or ideal location to install these panels inside the building.


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Having the proper humidity levels in your home or business is important not only for your health but also the amount of energy your HVAC systems use to keep you comfortable. If the humidity level is high in the summer you will not feel comfortable. If the humidity level is low in the winter you will not feel warm when the thermostat is set for an average temperature. This will result in turning the thermostat up to compensate and you will use more energy to stay comfortable. A properly designed and installed HVAC system will keep the proper levels of humidity in your home or business and save you money in energy costs by reducing the amount you use the HVAC system. For more information on humidity and maintaining the proper levels of humidity in your home please visit our humidity technical pages.

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