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Old 07-06-2012, 07:19 PM   #16
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I would find out who did the duct work and hire the other guy.

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Old 07-06-2012, 07:49 PM   #17
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The outdoor unit is adding 2 complications. First of all, it's effectiveness is lessened by it's placement in a constricted area. Secondly it's adding heat and humidity to the area. And it's warming the area directly below the area you are trying to cool. Major changes need to be made to make everything as it should be. You need the condensing unit relocated, the ductwork replaced, and possibly consider putting up some kind of enclosure around the open area.
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First of all I feel sorry for you and the mickey mouse job that you inherited.
Or did you actually pay for someone to do this and accept it?
If so, I'll bet it was cheap.
Based on what I see, it looks like the ducting could have been put op in the joist bays.
The condenser is definitely in a bad place since the heat will be recycled into the house from underneath during cooling season.
If you can't put the ducting in the bays then yes you need to get rid of all or most of the flexible and replace with rigid ducting and insulate it with at least 2" foil faced wrap and then you could cover it with a weather jacket.
Take your time and do small portions at a time.
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I just bought this house but it's still under warranty. Is it possible I could have them
Move it because they placed it on a terrible spot? We are currently are looking for a contractor to enclose (put in a foundation) that part of the house because there is practically nothing keeping the house up on the bluff. But once that's enclosed then the Condenser is not really not going to be much help.
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Depending on the age of the hvac system, you either want to have that unit relocated or have the new one placed outside the parameters of the structure. An hvac guy can tell you if it's time to replace the unit. He can do that when he replaces all of that ductwork.
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@weatherman, I would not pay anybody to do this to my home. I was taught to learn to do everything on my own & do it right so you don't have to do it a second time. However, some things I would prefer to let others do especially since I've got an infant.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:38 AM   #22
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At Missouri bound, we live in the same state lol. I'm in ballwin up on the bluffs by castlewood state park. The previous owners replaced the unit in 2007. Unless they choose one that wasn't putting out enough cool air for the size of the house, there's nothing I can do. They really cut corners on practically everything. In due time, I'll fix it all.... Just didn't think I'd have to do all of it at once & that's what it feels like now that I'm in this mess
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Hi redheadedjoe,

Here are some solutions that may help you with your humid basement issues.

Before 1945 there were very little, if any, building codes to protect buyers or the community at large. Walls, windows, pipe openings and floors were not sealed or waterproofed allowing water and dampness to spread throughout the basement.

I recommend that you have a licensed waterproofing company evaluate your problem. They will most likely seal the walls from the inside, install a drain tile system and an in-ground air flow system to remove all remaining moisture.

Hope you receive all of the information you need. And remember, Ameri-Dry Guy is always here to help homeowners with their basement catastrophes!



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