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Is your thermostat installed in a good location?

Well they installed ours by the dryer vent, but that caused it to stay on and get really cold.

May 4, 2012 - 07:01 am
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Is your thermostat installed in a good location?

Well they installed ours by the dryer vent, but that caused it to stay on and get really cold.


@mogopups:
good point.   Mine was in the hall way.  If you close the bedroom doors, they don't get any ventilation and the AC stays on.
  ...also, I was in the attic and realized, the AC register was open to the ATTIC! ....NICE!  idiots.

   On my pool patio I've got a concrete like material that doesn't get hot.    Why don't they spray that on houses?


May 4, 2012 - 08:11 am
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I would call Kingwood Air Solutions.  Let Bryan know what all is going on.

1/2 a ton can make a big difference.  Do you have one unit or 2?  Our upstairs unit is smaller and rocks out the cold air.  I keep it on a couple degrees cooler than the downstairs.  The cold air falls and it does stay cooler this way.

I need to know about the window film you used,  I have to get some of this for the summer.  My bathroom is always so much warmer than the rest of the house.  

I do think I would have snapped by now and towed that unit to the curb.  lol  If it gets over 72 in my house, I am dying.  I am allergic to heat.  

May 4, 2012 - 08:16 am
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I have the same problem.  Kingwood Air Solutions checked it last year and the year prior.  They say it's fine.  But yesterday it was 87.  The A/C ran non stop, but couldn't cool the house below 83.

May 4, 2012 - 08:54 am
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^^^^^ love that.

May 4, 2012 - 09:19 am
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Opps, did mean to post that  ^ here. I did talk to my dad last night and I know you've had a revolving door of A/C guys I told him your situation and he said that he'd come diagnosis it a no charge to you. If there is something wrong he'll then just give you the cost, doesn't sound like it's a big problem to me.


May 4, 2012 - 09:30 am
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I have the same problem.  Kingwood Air Solutions checked it last year and the year prior.  They say it's fine.  But yesterday it was 87.  The A/C ran non stop, but couldn't cool the house below 83.


@fcabanski:


I had that problem last year. I had a small leak in my evaporator coil. I had it replaced and it fixed the problem. I also need a little bit of insulation around the indoor a/c controller on the wall. Cost me about $2000 if I remember correctly. Kingwood air found and fixed that issue. This year they could not find the problem I have been having with a ringing noise coming from the outside unit. Of course it didn't make the noise when he was here. I did have it recorded but it didn't help him. I need to call and see if what else they can do.

May 4, 2012 - 09:38 am
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@Zephard, what type of window film did you use, and where did you get it?

May 4, 2012 - 10:01 am
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I had a similar issue but my AC unit was older; appoox. 12 years. It wasnt pulling down from the coil and I could never take my home below 77 when it was hot outside.

I replaced everything except the furnace, put in a high SEER two speed and two addl cold air returns to balance out airflow. This was via Kingwood Heating and AC and was the best decision I ever made. Now I can take my home to 65 when it is 100 outside and my electric bill dropped more than 30 percent in the summer months.

May 4, 2012 - 11:18 am
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I had a similar issue but my AC unit was older; appoox. 12 years. It wasnt pulling down from the coil and I could never take my home below 77 when it was hot outside. I replaced everything except the furnace, put in a high SEER two speed and two addl cold air returns to balance out airflow. This was via Kingwood Heating and AC and was the best decision I ever made. Now I can take my home to 65 when it is 100 outside and my electric bill dropped more than 30 percent in the summer months.


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Nice. I bet that cost a pretty penny.

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It actually wasn't that bad. The difference between a standard system and the high efficiency will be easily recovered in just a few years due to saving so much on utility payments. Total cost I believe was just shy of 9k and I'd do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat. I chose KW H&AC because they were the only contractor that built a solution to my problem vs. wanting to band aid something that was obviously underdesigned to begin with.

May 4, 2012 - 11:59 am
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Do you have attice fans and do the work.

May 4, 2012 - 12:21 pm
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@Zephard, what type of window film did you use, and where did you get it?


@Fallon:

I had Window Genie (a local guy) come and put on film.  I had the lightest he offered installed and it has a very slight metallic look on the outside during the day so I only put it on the windows behind my fence (which was also the ones causing the problem).    It blocks 56 percent heat and lets in 35 percent of the light.  That area is not as bright as it once was but it is not a significant difference.   I had a guy from 3M window films come out and their film blocks about the same but lets in more light and is not metallic at all.  I wanted the 3M and it would be better if your windows were visible to others and not behind the fence.   I went with Window Genie's film because the heat blockage was similar for half the price as the 3M.   I am happy with their install. 

http://www.windowgenie.com/kingwood-tx/     -kris Johnson

 http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Window_Film/Solutions/Markets-Products/Residential/<br>

May 4, 2012 - 12:32 pm
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We have the ridge roof for ventilation.   One story so only one unit. 

May 4, 2012 - 12:35 pm
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Kingwood Air Solutions came out today and checked it again.  The guy said the thermostat was bad, and that the freon was low.  I asked if there was a leak, he said no.

$370 for the call.

The A/C ran from 2:30PM to 8PM before the in house temp finally hit 80.  Now it's 78 outside, and 80 inside.

May 4, 2012 - 08:49 pm
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