Christopher Morin
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How do You Test a TXV?

  Thermostatic Expansion Valves (TEV or TXV), one of the most popular metering devices for residential, high-efficient air conditioning and heat pumps, have performed almost impeccably for decades.  Unfortunately, some manufacturers in the past few years have identified batches of valves that have had high superheat issues.  Have we just been blind for so long, not realizing these problems existed?  Or have these valves really been so reliable for such a long time?  If you think you may have a…See More
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Christopher Morin posted a blog post

Please, Make the Transition!

  For as long as I can remember, the agreed epidemic with ductwork was always undersized return ducts.  Although we are far from perfect with duct sizing in New England, I have frequently seen great strides in fixing this issue - particularly with replacement systems.  Lets face it, you should just be properly designing the duct system on new installations.  Undersized ducts cause great restrictions in airlfow, raising…See More
Friday
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"Excess Air has a new look! Check it out & subscribe by e-mail for great new content coming soon... http://excessair.blogspot.com"
Thursday
Walter Ahlgrim commented on Christopher Morin's blog post DIY Minisplits: Which side are you on?
"The following quote does not ring true to me “System Efficiency  -  A 115V mini-split will almost always use more watts than the same size 208/230V counterpart.” If you can support this statement with independent research I…"
Jun 29
Eric Kjelshus commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"We just did comm job 50 sf per ton 100% outside air,  res very tight home with R- 20 wall and R-60 attic R-10 windows casement 1100 sf per ton.   Use better soft ware"
Jun 16
Bob Blanchette commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"Man J is too easy to fudge by changing input values. Is it a coincidence that most come out to about 500sqft per ton regardless of location and age of home?"
Jun 16
Christopher Morin's blog post was featured

Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced

  This list does not represent the entire code, or even all municipalities.  Everyone knows those towns that will hit you on every piece of the local code requirements, word for word from the text.  But, don't be surprised when code officials, both building and mechanical inspectors, start failing permit inspections for these previously rarely enforced portions of the code!  Are you going to wait until enforcement, or lead the industry in doing what the minimum is required by law?1.  Duct…See More
Jun 10
Eric Kjelshus commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"I was teaching a class to high school kids  and I saw a " huffier"  with R-12  and sliver paint.   Most just steal the brass off the caps and make ear lobe hangers off the caps.    "
Jun 9
Matt Giudice commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"Regarding number 1. Duct Testing... I believe the 2012 IECC still provides an exception to testing for duct leakage if the ducts and air handler are located entirely within the building envelope.  IECC residential provision R403.2.2 has an…"
Jun 9
John Proctor commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"Christopher: I have been exposed to the statement that children die every year from huffing refrigerant. I would like to see reports that actually document specific incidents."
Jun 9
Greg Labbe commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"She makes it look so easy, like Manual J is child's play!  ;-)"
Jun 9
Eric Kjelshus commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"Missing duct insulation now out side the building is now R-8  most I see just R-4.   Locking caps on the outside is a pain - the lock can rot/rust/stick. then can not get off easy.  I have taken hack saw to take them off.   "
Jun 6
Glen Gallo commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced
"what about 12 inches clear for the condenser which I almost never see especially in production homes"
Jun 6
Christopher Morin posted a blog post

Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced

  This list does not represent the entire code, or even all municipalities.  Everyone knows those towns that will hit you on every piece of the local code requirements, word for word from the text.  But, don't be surprised when code officials, both building and mechanical inspectors, start failing permit inspections for these previously rarely enforced portions of the code!  Are you going to wait until enforcement, or lead the industry in doing what the minimum is required by law?1.  Duct…See More
Jun 5
Bob Blanchette commented on Christopher Morin's blog post DIY Minisplits: Which side are you on?
"Let them sell however they like, homeowners will find a way to buy what they want. Manufacturers could void warranty for DIY install, but they would have to analize how many sales they would loose to competitors who do warranty DIY…"
May 24
Dennis Heidner commented on Christopher Morin's blog post DIY Minisplits: Which side are you on?
"I meant to add that Friedrich's engineering, marketing and sales also blew it.. they also still use the old 115Vac/230Vac for line voltage... sort of makes you wonder what else they missed. ANSI…"
May 24

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Christopher Morin is currently the HVAC Technical Field Representative for Conservation Services Group (CSG) and the Cool Smart Program. An ACCA approved Residential System Design Instructor, Christopher instructs participating contractors and technicians on proper system design, quality installation verification (QIV), Energy Star Quality Installation (ESQI), and duct testing – both in the classroom and in the field. Christopher holds a B.S. in Business Management from University of Phoenix, MA Master Sheet Metal License, BPI Building Analyst, as well as NATE Certifications in Installation and Service for Heat Pumps, Air-Conditioning, and Gas Furnaces.

Christopher Morin's Blog

How do You Test a TXV?

  Thermostatic Expansion Valves (TEV or TXV), one of the most popular metering devices for residential, high-efficient air conditioning and heat pumps, have performed almost impeccably for decades.  Unfortunately, some manufacturers in the past few years have identified batches of valves that have had high superheat issues.  Have we just been blind for so long, not realizing these problems existed?  Or have these valves really been so reliable for such a long time?

  If you think you…

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Posted on July 21, 2014 at 6:30pm

Please, Make the Transition!

  For as long as I can remember, the agreed epidemic with ductwork was always undersized return ducts.  Although we are far from perfect with duct sizing in New England, I have frequently seen great strides in fixing this issue - particularly with replacement systems.  Lets face it, you should just be properly designing the duct system on new installations.  Undersized ducts cause great restrictions in airlfow, raising…

Continue

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:29pm

Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced

  This list does not represent the entire code, or even all municipalities.  Everyone knows those towns that will hit you on every piece of the local code requirements, word for word from the text.  But, don't be surprised when code officials, both building and mechanical inspectors, start failing permit inspections for these previously rarely enforced portions of the code!  Are you going to wait until enforcement, or lead the industry in doing what the minimum is required by…

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Posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:34pm — 8 Comments

DIY Minisplits: Which side are you on?

 Recently, Friedrich has modeled and sold in limited markets their DIY Mini-Split Heat Pump, Breeze.  Just a few days ago, they scaled back their rollout in order to meet customer demand by limiting sales to New York and South Florida.  I am torn between…

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Posted on May 17, 2014 at 6:51pm — 7 Comments

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