Steven Lewis
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Steven Lewis commented on Christopher Morin's blog post The Basics: Superheat
"Super heat readings without knowing airflow only gives you 1/2 the equation.  Dirty filters/ low airflow/refrigerant overcharge/low temp in building or low outdoor temp will all affect the superheat of the system.  If the superheat is out…"
Jan 16
Steven Lewis replied to Ernest V.F. Hodgson's discussion Combustion Furnace BTU output
"For propane, you can look at the burner orfice size.  there are charts that give the btu rating for the orfice size. then multiply by the numbers of burners.  will give approx output.  LP orfices are usually slightly smaller btu than…"
Dec 3, 2013
Steven Lewis replied to Andy Gostisha's discussion Disguising Ductless Heat Pump Units
"There are a number of options - one manufacturer 9LG ductless) makes a square wall unit that can have a picture/art in the front.    There are also heads that can be installed in a ceiling ( if you have enough space) so all you see is…"
Nov 22, 2013
Steven Lewis commented on Allison A. Bailes III's group HVAC
"I just go through the filter.  if it is not metal or electronic.  Leave the filter in place and poke a hole with your probe in a corner.  If you want to know the pressure drop across the filter place the probe just under the filter…"
Sep 26, 2013
Steven Lewis replied to James McGarvey's discussion Mini Split Heat Pumps
"How can you call it an American brand if it is made in Japan.  My experiance with the company is far from good.    cheap price isn't everything "
Sep 24, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Installing additional supply runs from the main trunk.
"You need more information before you suggest what the appropriate answer to the customers problem would be.  Do loads on the house and each floor.  Loads tell you equipment sizing which tells you air flow requirements.  Now you have…"
Aug 2, 2012
Steven Lewis commented on Joseph Novella's blog post Conventional AC is not COOL
"GE and other heat pump water heaters will dehumidify the area they are located in and use the heat gathered to heat the water.  Bob, is right Trane VS systems have the capability to vary fan speed to the humidity and work very well in my…"
May 26, 2012
Steven Lewis commented on Joseph Novella's blog post Conventional AC is not COOL
"MIni splits work fine as spot cooling/heating and inverter tech is great but has a long way to go to meet loads in Kansas.  Even the manufacturers say their product in not designed to handle whole house loads or conditions.  (Meeting last…"
May 25, 2012
Steven Lewis commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER)
"I agree with what you say.  Properly charged units perform better and last longer while using the minimum amount of electricity they can.  I will give you a reason why SEER came in. It had little to with improving efficiency by looking at…"
May 10, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Al Maloney's discussion What is the best propane direct vent wall furnace available?
"Do the loads first, have some one do a room by room load, that will give you the total load but will also give you airflow to each room needed for comfort.   A 1400 sq ft house, airflow to far rooms will be a larger problem than the amount…"
Feb 23, 2012

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Feb 2, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Adam Flowers's discussion Hang-ups to utilizing Manual J,D & S
"I already do that and a lot of customers see it up front and others have to experience the dark side of hvac  lol.   .  to be honest, we all make value judgements on what we can afford and if given knowledge and choices up front…"
Jan 26, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Adam Flowers's discussion Hang-ups to utilizing Manual J,D & S
"Trust is the big issue - people buy the low bid because they dont trust the better system is worth the money -after all if I am going to get screwed I want lose $5  rather than $10.   They (not all) do call us when it doesn't…"
Jan 26, 2012
Steven Lewis replied to Adam Flowers's discussion Hang-ups to utilizing Manual J,D & S
"I am a HVAC Dealer  in a small town and I do load calcs and have for 15 to 16 years. I believe it has value but the lowest bidder will get the job in a large percentage of the bids.  My calc have been used by the homeowner to check if…"
Jan 26, 2012
Steven Lewis commented on Elisa Wood's blog post On-bill financing: Why isn't everybody doing it?
"I participate in a similar program in Kansas as a HVAC Dealer.  The biggest concern from the homeowner I hear is that if they move they have to pay it off in full or have the next homeowner assume the note (like that will happen lol)  So…"
Dec 22, 2011
Steven Lewis replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Proper means to "plug" flue pipes after testing gas appliances.
"I use metal plugs that snap in.  I buy them from my local electronics store.  They use them to seal holes in electronics cabinets.  They are available on the web as well  Use the link below and see if they are what you…"
Dec 19, 2011

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At 2:46pm on December 6, 2010, Bruce Gold said…
I think they need a Comfort Systems inc. here in the Chicago area, But Steven, you have to run it. Tell me where I can vote on this?
 
 
 

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