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Forum: Solar Heating 01-10-16, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,854
Posted By randen
Maintaining solar space heating in Canada

Happy new year.

It is now 6 yrs since we had installed the solar hot water system. It has performed well for all those years. We had the odd hiccup but nothing bad. A hose-clamp needed tightening,...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 12-05-15, 12:07 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 6,964
Posted By randen
I would suggest caution.!! I had received a...

I would suggest caution.!!
I had received a compressor that wouldn't compress. It made some weird noise and didn't move any refrigerant. It could have been a factory reject or been dropped in...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-28-15, 09:20 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 6,964
Posted By randen
It may just be me. I don't understand why the...

It may just be me. I don't understand why the desire for complex controls on smaller systems. If the selection is made for the proper BTU fit, a couple relays and pressure, temp. limit switches and...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-14-15, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1,846
Views: 922,145
Posted By randen
Superlen I have first hand experience with...

Superlen

I have first hand experience with staple up. I had a oil fired boiler that supplied 160-180 Deg. F water to the zone. IT PROVIDED NO HEAT!! As we had latter changed to Geo-thermal heat...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 10-21-15, 08:24 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,422
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Build

Here in Ontario Canada we have had a taste of winter. Last week a couple inches of snow. Low night temps of -2 Deg. C.

Today I switched the 4 way valve from COOLING to HEATING. During the...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-27-15, 01:13 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,422
Posted By randen
5 Ton DIY GSHP Build

Summer has made it to Southwestern Ontario Canada. Outside temps reaching 34 Deg. C and humidity of 80%. Really nice for the beach or drinking beer under a tree.

Having some work in the shop not...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 07-19-15, 11:11 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 6,964
Posted By randen
4.8 Ton DX build

Memphis

I have used this identical VFD. No they are not difficult to program. Sit down take your time and go step by step through their manual.

Now there are some less than clear indication...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-04-15, 05:54 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
Memphis 91 I've used the same size...

Memphis 91

I've used the same size compressor 5000 BTU with a cap tube. Its working extremely well. I would go with option 3 A larger compressor will just cost more for operation. I think take a...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-02-15, 11:27 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
Memphis91 I only now understand your...

Memphis91

I only now understand your previous post. When you put more charge 18 psi you seen a better water number or water temp in the tank is rising more quickly. Try starting with 30-35 psi and...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-02-15, 11:18 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
Memphis91 A teaspoon of oil is not enough to...

Memphis91

A teaspoon of oil is not enough to be concerned about. And yes if you remove your gage you do get a mist of oil all good.

I believe your system is starving for refrigerant. It is...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 06-01-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
MEMPHIS91 I think you have impressed the big...

MEMPHIS91

I think you have impressed the big gun, AC Hacker. You have checked all the boxes on how efficient one can heat water. Plus you have done it with your own two hands. Many talk the talk...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 05-28-15, 04:09 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
AC-Hacker Right on all accounts. And don't...

AC-Hacker

Right on all accounts. And don't forget his water supply temp. will be a lot higher than we experience in the great white north. During winter the water supply temp can be a teeth...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 05-28-15, 01:48 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
MEMPHIS91 & AC. These are the most fantastic...

MEMPHIS91 & AC.

These are the most fantastic machines. All of use hot water every day and while the hot water tanks are just sitting, they are losing heat energy every minute. So from a DIY -...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 05-27-15, 09:20 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
MEMPHIS91 Good point yes wrap the compressor...

MEMPHIS91

Good point yes wrap the compressor with evaporator tube. These little rotor type compressors liberate a lot of heat while operating. You could wrap it from mid way up to the top where...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 05-24-15, 10:54 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 9,593
Posted By randen
MEMPHIS91 This water heater project is...

MEMPHIS91

This water heater project is probably the best bang for buck on any DIY home efficiency radar. My parents are saving a pile of money with the one I had built for them.

Its located in...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-18-15, 11:29 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,588
Posted By randen
Thought I would offer an up-date. I'm visiting...

Thought I would offer an up-date. I'm visiting the parents and checked up on the DIY HPWH. Its been purring away in the basement for more than a year.

Some of the data I'm checking. These are real...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 04-03-15, 03:59 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,422
Posted By randen
Well Winter here is giving up the fight. And what...

Well Winter here is giving up the fight. And what a match it was- Extremely Cold and windy for extended periods. My electric bill took a beating. Really glad the oil man is not allowed here anymore....
Forum: Lighting 03-22-15, 11:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,824
Posted By randen
LED traffic lights failing

The culprit here is the heat from a high energy LED not being dissipated within the traffic light housing.
The manufactures are retrofitting a LED board inside a housing and not considering the...
Forum: Renovations & New Construction 02-07-15, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By randen
Elcam 84 If GSHP won't work and the water...

Elcam 84

If GSHP won't work and the water from the well won't be reliable for out-put and eventually blocking a heat-exchanger with all the minerals in the water.

It sounds like your problem or...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-28-15, 07:42 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,422
Posted By randen
Its been dam cold and windy the last few weeks....

Its been dam cold and windy the last few weeks. The DIY GSHP has been putting out the BTUs. The unit has been keeping the shop comfy. Three months in and the electric bill has revealed some idea of...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-19-15, 10:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,253
Posted By randen
Bore hole seasonal heating

With solar hot water collection and bore hole technology you can omitt a heat-pump all together and just use the stored heat energy directly.

You can all relax, All the studies have been done. Its...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 01-06-15, 07:53 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,422
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Build

Its been a couple months and I apologize I needed to wrap up on the final disclosure on the build of the 5 ton for those who wish. A bit of life got in the way.

However the 5 ton is humming away...
Forum: Solar Heating 12-01-14, 05:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,392
Posted By randen
You wish to heat with solar Eh??

Mike & AC Hacker

Have both brought up some interesting thoughts. AC Hacker mentioned about the solar insolation of your area of the planet. My thoughts didn't encompass the amount of solar energy...
Forum: Geothermal & Heat Pumps 11-21-14, 10:42 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,422
Posted By randen
5 Ton GSHP Build

In Ontario Canada winter is starting to set in. This morning long before my first coffee the thermostat in the shop started the DIY Geothermal heat pump. At exactly 6:00 am the system was call to...
Forum: Lighting 11-11-14, 10:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,595
Posted By randen
Yes Definitely you use the old fixtures. You...

Yes

Definitely you use the old fixtures. You remove the ballast and direct wire the LEDs to 90-280vac.

You will love the LEDs
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