York to American Standard 80%

York to American Standard

Once in awhile I come across a furnace that my previous company installed … and very rarely one that I actually installed. This particular furnace was installed by my previous company that I co-owned back in 1996.

York to American Standard

York 80% gas furnace.

After going over all the options and the paybacks on the American Standard equipment my customer decided to just swap back to an 80% gas furnace. I would have to agree .. sometimes the paybacks are just not there.

York to American Standard

American Standard 80% Gas Furnace

I had to do some small transition work to adapt the new furnace to the existing base can and a few more transitions to adapt the new Honeywell F100 air cleaner to the existing return ducting. Other than that everything connected right back to the new furnace.

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Climatrol to American Standard

One of our commercial management customers that we do business with had us replace an exiting Climatrol to American Standard 80% gas furnace.

American Standard 80% Furnace.

American Standard 80% Furnace.

Ok … no big deal, just another American Standard 80% gas furnace replacement story, but that’s not why I decided to blog this particular install. In this case the existing thermostat control wire had been severed during construction… and with virtually no way of running a new wire it left us stumped. That is when we decided to try the new Honeywell wireless thermostat.

Honeywell wirelss thermostat

Honeywell wirelss thermostat

As you can see above it looks like a typical programmable thermostat .. but in reality it runs off batteries and it is wireless.

Honeywell wireless module

Honeywell wireless module

The Honeywell wireless module gets installed back at the furnace .. and connect up to the thermostat wirelessly. This allows us to put the thermostat in any location within the space. I can think of at least a dozens times where thermostats have been installed in bad locations … this device will solve that problem.

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Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.

RHEEM oil to Coleman 90%

RHEEM oil to Coleman

 

I know what your thinking … why are we installing a Coleman furnace when I am An American Standard dealer? Well in this case we have a landlord/tenant situation where the landlord is under a budget and the Coleman line offers some really low end models just for this situation. So here we go, RHEEM oil to Coleman.

RHEEM oil to Coleman

Rheem Oil Furnace

This older RHEEM is nothing but a huge waste of money … and the landlord doesn’t want his new tenants to have to be stuck with an oil furnace and its fuel costs. Never mind of the constant smell to remind you that you do have an oil furnace.

RHEEM oil to Coleman

New Coleman 90% gas furnace

There are a few things I do not like about the Coleman/York furnace(s), and I do express those concerns when quoting them … but in this case it worked out great. As you can see the existing system needed a few modifications as well as new venting, gas piping and a new condensate drain. We also added a Honeywell F100 4″ pleated air filter to the system.

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Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.

Furnace Upgrade: Heil 90% to American Standard 95%

Low-end Furnaces Have Problems

I really don’t encounter to may many HEIL 90% gas furnaces in this area. This particular HEIL unit was having enough issues to cause my customer to be concerned. Just opening the doors, I could see that this unit was having the same issues the RHEEM units have with the internal drain connections dripping water down on the burners.

Another issue was noise. Most of these lower end pieces of equipment like HEIL, YORK and Coleman use the cabinet as the sealed combustion chamber. This cuts down on costs, but increases the noise level of the unit itself.

Older HEIL 90% Gas Furnace

Older HEIL 90% Gas Furnace

American Standard Furnaces – Built Better to Perform Better

American Standard uses an independent combustion chamber. This puts another wall of metal between the burners and the cabinet of the furnace, reducing the burner noise. And when noise is a factor this is a big deal.

95% American Standard Gas furnace.

95% American Standard Gas furnace.

As you can see above the American Standard 95% furnace slipped right in to place. The existing PVC vent, drain and gas connections where utilized. Once the unit was up and running my customer noticed a big reduction in noise. She feels confident that she will not have a furnace failure in the dead of winter.

Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.

Furnace Upgrade: Junk to American Standard 95%

This Furnace Needed Replacing!

One of, if not the worst install I have seen in my entire career. I can not for the life of me figure out what the installer was thinking when he scabbed one system onto another system. He didn’t realize the air would be just going around in a circle!

Coleman and goodman pile of junk

Coleman and goodman pile of junk

How Did the System Work at All?

There was a Goodman heat pump system that had been operational, then someone installed the Coleman 90% furnace into that system, I can’t imagine how poorly this system operated. Off to the side of the mechanical room was a dead Lennox pulse as well. Seeing all the different equipment tells me there several times someone could have corrected this mess.

New American Standard Single Stage 95% Furnace

New American Standard Single Stage 95% Furnace

A Clean Slate

After digging in and removing all the junk, we finally could see a clear path forward. We installed an American Standard 95% efficiency single stage gas unit with a Honeywell F100 filter system. There is no doubt that not only will we deliver more air flow but at a higher efficiency. There will be far less leakage and better filtration.

Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.

Repair or Replace?

Spend Money to Save Money

The 2 Payne 90% LP furnaces were getting more and more costly to repair and maintain. My customer decided it was better to replace them than to have constant repair bills. Based on the condition on these 2 furnaces, I had to agree.

Payne 90% LP Furnaces

Payne 90% LP Furnaces

Uplflow Vs. Downflow

It’s not very often in a residential application I get to show a side by side comparison between an upflow and downflow furnace.The furnace on the left is an downflow and the one on the right is an upflow. You can tell by the way the ducting is routed.

American Standard LP Furnaces 95%

American Standard LP Furnaces 95%

Honeywell F100 Filters for the Win

The 2 new American Standard 95% LP furnaces where fairly easy to install with some duct alterations mainly to the upflow furnace. You can see the 2 new Honeywell F100 filter banks installed on the intakes of the furnaces. Adding the F100 filters really improves indoor air quality in the home. These systems gives the customer the option of converting them over to electronic at a later date if need be.

Heating And Cooling Skagit County

Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.

Key Bank Business Of The Month

We Are Key Bank’s Business of the Month

Alpine Heating And Cooling was chosen as business of the month for April 2013 by Keybank of Burlington, WA. Alpine Heating And Cooling will have a unmanned display up inside of the entry way into Keybank. Stop by, take a look and fill out an entry form to win either a FREE Maintenance or a FREE Honeywell programmable FocusPro 6000 thermostat (not installed) your choice.

We will have an American Standard 95% Modulating Gas Furnace on display for you to look at.

Keybank Display

Keybank Display

Thanks,

Gary

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Need a Heat Pump, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Boiler, Ductless, Mini-Split or Tankless Water Heater? We install them all over Skagit county including Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, La Conner, Stanwood WA, and on Camano Is.