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Member Since 24 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active May 07 2013 08:06 PM

Topics I've Started

Think today's fridges are complicated?

24 March 2012 - 02:29 PM


Sigh.. I realize saving power is a noble goal - but here we go again!

They cite the heater to release as a big waster - I wonder if you could use ultrasonic vibrations to jar the ice free. Or just power it out of the mold. Hmm, maybe it will foster a power saving solution that isn't overly complicated.

What? it could happen :whistling:

Natural Gas Heat Pump Experiences?

21 March 2012 - 08:10 AM

Has anyone had experience with a natural gas heat pump? Engine driven, not absorption type like the large commercial units used to be: http://ecovaire.com/press.asp

The systems look very good, and just like the mini-split systems that were available decades before outside the US and are now finally starting to take off here, this looks like another vastly superior technology that is is only just now starting to trickle into the US :teehee:

I currently have an AC/Natural Gas split system on my basement/1st floor, and an electric heat pump for the second floor. The heat pump up stairs is flaking out on me, and if I have to replace it I really like the idea of putting in something allot more efficient. The natural gas units are also multi-zone so I could also replace my downstairs unit and dramatically lower my electric bill in the summer too.

The main problem with stuff like this since it's new, it's hard finding installers that are familiar with tech like this or that are even willing to talk to you...

New Fridge question - smaller freezer/larger fridge?

07 March 2012 - 09:08 AM

Since I got such great feedback in my other thread when I asked about dual evaporator fridges I figured I would ask another question of the collective - does anyone know of a fridge that has a smaller freezer compartment and larger fridge compartment?

Preferably a bottom freezer. I would love it if on fridges like this LG where that top freezer drawer were instead part of the fridge. Like quite a few people, I have a separate freezer in my basement and I don't need that much freezer space in my kitchen - but you can always use more fridge space!

Perhaps there aren't as many people with a dedicated freezer as I think and the market wouldn't be that great - but it seems like it could be a great niche for someone.

Oh well, I'm probably dreaming but you never know!

Goodman Furnace lesson learned - trust by verify!

02 March 2012 - 01:01 PM

I was reading through the excellent troubleshooting thread and reminded of an issue I was having with my Goodman high efficiency furnace. It was a couple years old and it kept cutting out. I would run for a while, then stop for a while, then run for a while... It was throwing a gas valve code and then it started not running more than it was running so I called for service (under warranty, thankfully). The tech checked the system out and one of the drain tubes for the heat exchanger was full of water. He cleaned out the tubes, put it together and it ran fine. Was near the end of the winter, didn't think much about it.

Next winter, I had the same issue - it worked for quite a while, then started locking out. When checked, water in the tubes. It only happened a couple of times and clearing the tubes solved the problem so I didn't think much more of it.

When it started for the third winter in a row, I started to suspect something might be up :teehee: (OK, so sometimes I'm a slow learner). Luckily the installers left behind all the documentation including the installation instructions. So I started to read them. Lo and behold, there are two drain ports - one for horizontal installations, one for vertical. It most come configured for horizontal from the factory. So I swapped ports and haven't had a single issue since (for two winters now). D'oh!

And yes, I read through and double checked everything else in the install guide just in case! Don't always take the error code at face value and don't always assume the last guy did what he was supposed to do. Probably obvious to the pro's in here, but it's something for us enthusiasts to constantly remind ourselves :pint1:

New Fridge - Looking for ones like Samsung with split fridge/freezer

24 February 2012 - 11:41 AM

Other than combing through often incomplete documentation, is there any list or shopping tool that anyone knows of that can show if there are other fridge/freezers out there like Samsung that have completely isolated freezer/fridge compartments?

I had a Samsung at my previous house and I really liked it and the isolated, compartment-specific cooling. Funky flavors didn't migrate from the fridge into the freezer, and food really did last longer in the fridge - especially veggies. Supposedly some models in other brands like some GE Artica models have isolated compartments, but it's often impossible to verify other than either tearing it apart or getting lucky and finding the service manual and analyzing the breakout diagrams to ensure their is no linkage between the fridge/freezer.

I'm hoping there's an easier way :whistling: And if Samsung is it, I'm not opposed to them - my last Samsung was great and I was very happy with it, but since I'm possibly going to need a new fridge soon I figure I might as well do a little research first.


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