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jmatthew

Member Since 07 Sep 2009
Offline Last Active May 19 2014 08:48 PM

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How to Balance Cooling in a Two Story Home

04 May 2014 - 08:32 PM

My wife and I am spending time with our daughter and son-in-law while they prepare to have thier first child. 

The home is located in the southeastern US.  The home is about 8 -10 years old, and HVAC is a heat pump(?) with the heat exchanger located in attic.  Compressor was just replaced in autumn. My son-in-law changes the filters about every couple of  months.

 

From morning to mid-afternoon, the thermostat temperature would be at setpoint.  By early evening, the displayed temperature would be up to two degrees higher than setpoint.  System is on, and a very small trickle water does flow from the drain line outside while the unit is on. 

 

We find the ground floor is much cooler than the upstairs.  I understand that cooler air sinks and warmer air rises.  But, the upstairs is really warm.  We tried closing the ground level vents.  I expected a noticable increase in the volume of air blowing out of the upstairs registers, but did not feel an increase.  Not very scientific, but I don't have acess to a manometer, and not sure that is the best method to assess system performance.  Then, I was concerned that I could cause the system to malfunction by not allowing the air to flow through the heat exchanger, so I opened some back up.

 

To keep my future granddaughter comfy, what is the best method or process to adjust the cooling in two story house?  Or, is there a bigger issue we are missing?

 

 


Mircowave losing some of it's punch?

26 December 2012 - 11:47 AM

We have a Goldstar model MV1608WW OTR microwave that is taking longer (unscientific assessment) to heat and/or reheat food.  We are not married to the unit, since we paid less than a $100 for the unit a few years ago (manu 8/2004.)

 

Today, we followed the "How to test your Microwave topic" found in the hallowed halls of this website.  My wife followed the procedure, with the help of some of my test equipment:

1.  One liter of water in a Pyrex brand measuring cup.

2.  Placed water and cup on counter over night.

3.  Water temperature was measured, 61 degrees Fahrenheit my old Fluke 787  with temperature probe.

4.  Place cup with water on turntable, and set time to 2:03 at highest power setting.

5.  Removed cup and water from microwave and measured water temperature with same test equipment: 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Does this information give anyone enough information to assess this unit's performance?

 

I don't believe in junking something if it can be repaired, but it may be cost effective to replace.  THe Samurai's recommended Brands List doesn't call out microwave units in particular.  Are there brands to consider and others to run away from?

 

Thanks to all who post....Merry Christmas.


Servil LPG Refrigerator stinks...

19 September 2010 - 03:03 PM

The cabin we use in the Wisconsin north woods has been served by two Servil gas refrigerators (one for food, one for beverage) for as long as I can remember.  I believe they were used when my father-in-law bought them.  Recently, the refrigerators have been stinking when started (burner lit.)  In the past, the fridges would  stink for the first day, but now they have been stinking as long as they are lit.  Since they belong to my in-laws, I have tried to figger out what is up.  The appliances are not vented directly outside.  (I know, that doesn't sound safe, but the cabin is drafty.)

My father-in-law is a very frugal guy, so he tried to clean the flues of the fridges, and still they stink.  I verified the flames look blue and the draw looks good.  That is about all I want to do until I would know more.  My guess is these fridges need to be retired.

Does anyone have some suggestions for LPG refrigerators?  This cabin uses a small generator for lights, but primarily uses gas lights during da hunt or winter evenings. It is possible we would all chip in for a refrig that could be powered by more than one energy source.  Any suggestions?

Or, could what we have be fixed?

Lookin for an Ole Maytag Electric Dryer manual

17 August 2010 - 10:57 AM

I have a Maytag electric dryer, Model TXA436AKA2, S/N E041720884 that is is making rubbing and squealing noises.  Before I start popping covers, I would like to look at the machine manual.

Does anyone know where one can be found?

EDIT: Duh, I posted this in the wrong area...

Casio WK-1200 Service Manual

05 June 2010 - 12:54 PM

Greetings All
I am looking for the service manual for a Casio WK-1200 electronic keyboard.  Any help will be much appreciated by my son who needs it repaired before working at Scout camp this summer.

Otherwise, many thanks for "the stash"  and to everyone who has contributed.


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