Moving to Dallas, Texas

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  1. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    I'm not sure failure of a motor (twice) and leaks in the evaporator coil have anything to do with the install. Maintenance of the system, especially the blower motor, can be impacted by maintenance. But I change my filter monthly as recommended by the manufacturer and the same company that installed the system comes out every six months to do maintenance.
     
  2. Rich

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    I didn't mean the problems you had were caused by the install. Motors can fail anytime. I was warned many years ago about Lennox using coils that were made up of dissimilar metals. If they aren't properly joined they fail.

    After what I went thru with the Carrier AC units I was willing to take a chance on the Lennox. Glad I did and glad I found the right installer. I have the same maintenance plan and the filter in my unit is good for six months. I did find out one thing about the Lennox compressor units, you have to take the cover's off the compressor unit every six months and wash the coils down properly. Costs extra from the maintenance program but it's worth it.

    Rich
     
  3. Mark Holtz

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    As a matter of fact, Oncor which is the electric distributor for the DFW area is about to have it's annual energy rebates. So, my timing is still pretty good, and it takes a little bit of the sting out of the upgrade (around $950). This is in addition to some rebates offered through Costco. I also need to get some insulation blown in after the install. Hopefully, these changes, combined with my Windows upgrade last September, will result in some lower utility bills.
     
  4. trh

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    Increasing your SEER will do that.
     
  5. Rich

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    Have you made the transition to LEDs throughout the new house? Doing that knocked our bill down a lot. And we keep the house lit 24/7. No more blundering around in the dark.

    Rich
     
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    Yeah, we've seen a big dip in the bill since we had the new HVAC unit installed. That and the LEDs have made quite a difference in our lives.

    Rich
     
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    A good chunk of the home was LEDs, although there were some minor exceptions. I migrated then all to LED within a month of moving in, including a garage incandescent tube light which I migrated over to LED. So, unfortunately, I can't compare before/after energy performance.

    One of the things that was recommended to me was sign up for Energy Ogre. I'm transitioning from a year-long contract at 10.25¢/kWh to one that is 9.04¢/kWh
     
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  8. Mark Holtz

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    The other air conditioners recommended were a XC16 two-stage and a EL16 single stage. But, there is no Oncor rebate for the EL16.

    Just completed the paperwork.
     

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