'Your Furnace is Garbage'
People love to turn things around and hang the blame on the blameless. Here's a story contractor cferriss shared recently:
I installed a furnace for a "friend" in the winter of 2017, a/c was about 10 years old....they didnt want to replace. Fast forward to last week, I get a service call stating, "A/C tech was just here, says this POS furnace you sold me isnt working!" I head over expecting a blower issue to be the reason they have no a/c and this is what i find:
That is a new R-410A unit slapped in with the old R-22 lineset, filter drier and coil! Apparently my price was too high. Unit was totally empty, and the blower was working fine. Needless to say I walked away from that nonsense.
Let's Play a Game . . .
. . . Its called, "how far can you back the setter off, without taking it all the way off, to get dope on the threads and get the leak to stop?" This is from quality contractor 'JBHenergy'
"It's a dangerous risky game to play. Sometimes you win and sometimes you loose. A loss is much more painful than the joy of victory, though.
"On a serious note, these setters are not even hand tight. The ball valves were not either for that matter. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that most all of the ball valves and circuit setters were only installed hand tight. Schedule 80 pvc would not have been my first choice for the loop either," he wrote.
He found this on a call to an apartment building. There are 90 water source heat pumps in the same building. He expects to see more in the future inside the 20-year-old building.
"In 35 years, I've seen a lot, but this is a first," wrote "ACxpert."
"Real estate is expensive these days. It seems everyone is building up now," replied another contractor.
Hanging by a Thread
Contractor "Wayne K" shared this photo, of an air handling unit basically stapled to an beam. See the attachment in the upper right hand corner.
"Saw this in a basement today, in their defense, they did install two of them," he wrote facetiously.
SEE NEXT PHOTO for detail.
Hanging by a Thread
This photo shows the attachment used to suspend the unit from a beam in the basement.
'Week in Review'
Contractor "JBHenergy" shared a few shots from his adventures during one week in the field,
This one: Beer can cold? Right!
Where to Start
"Wonder where to start looking for the leak," JBHenergy wrote.
What a Week
"This dude thinks water runs uphill."
Green Flex Duct?
Somebody lost control of the leak detection fluid, and of course, just left the mess.
"Never seen green flex duct before," wrote contractor 'joemamma'.
New Installation 1
Contractor "GoCougs" shared three photos from something he found on a commercial building rooftop. It was a relatively new installation.
New Installation 2
The fact that this is a newer installation drives home the sad truth that the fly-by-nighters are as prevalent as they ever were. KInd of like "Son of Bubba."
New Installation 3
"Can't even access the compressor compartment on two units without removing the venting," GoCougs wrote.
'Weld of Shame'
Contractor paul1981 came up with the best photo caption: Weld of Shame.
"The picture says it all," he wrote. Welding and brazing disasters are probably the most obvious signs you're looking at the work of a total hack.
Would You Buy This House?
Thanks to contractor "spruance" for this photo he shared. He was looking at a house a friend was thinking about buying.
"Saw this at a house I looked at for a friend tonight. I can tell it used to have a split system and it looks like a handyman special yanked everything out then replaced it with this package unit, smashing a hole in the block wall to run the flex duct through. Yes, it’s pitched to the left. No, the whip isn’t fastened to the unit."
Spruance wrote that he recommended that his friend seek concessions from the seller or pass on the house.
Take a Guess
"Not sure what they were going for, or for what purpose," wrote contractor "Stevejoe11".
Could this be an attempt to get baseboard heat to an upper room?
Carefully Crafted Hackery
"Numbawunfela" has a point when he says this bit of trash required some forethought.
He wrote: "I found this condenser on a job a few months back. Notice the fan blows down into the condenser, and as the air pushes through the condenser, it pushes the water from the spray nozzles away from their intended target. Overall, there was a lot of effort and forethought that went into this hackfest. No the condenser was not running. And it never did for the few days I was around it."