Trane to American Standard 95%

My latest install went very smooth, the older Trane furnace was the same physical size as the newer American Standard and from an installation stand point this is literally fantastic. The only difference here is we are going from a 80% efficient gas furnace to a higher 95% American Standard 2 stage variable speed unit. All we simply need to do is run a new independent PVC vent for the new furnace(blocking the older vent) and a condensate drain line.

Existing Trane Unit.

Existing Trane Unit.

As seen above the existing installation looks good, ducting is square, sound-lined, leveled and sealed with a access door cut in for filters.

New American Standard 95%

New American Standard 95%

Above you see the finish product, oh I forgot to mention the Honeywell 4″ pleated filter bank we cut in. Promise me this … if you ever replace your furnace at a bare minimum install a Honeywell 4″ pleated filter system, you will thank me.

During the sales call for this customer they mentioned they had cool rooms in their home, I of coarse promised to look over their ducting during installation. I expected a few kinked runs ..maybe a few dampers not adjusted correctly. What I did not expect to find in a home only 10 years old was none sealed ducting, especially considering the good workmanship in the garage.

None sealed ducting.

None sealed ducting.

Above is a picture taken in the crawl space below the furnace at the supply plenum. As you can see there is no sealant or even an attempt to seal these takeoffs. And the sad part is these where in plain view not even hidden by insulation. During the building of this home it was code to seal all ducting with an approved sealant, not to mention just good practice. I had my apprentice seal these up for my customer with some pro-seal sealant.
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1 comment

slantfin humidifiers said:

June 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Your viewpoints on this issue is refreshing to say the least and I’m happy to say I learnt something new today. Your informative posts are very much appreciated mate!

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