Our downstairs HVAC stopped working just months after we replaced the upstairs unit. This time was a ton easier; plug and play. Power, gas line and ducting; easy-peasy. Gely, Matthew and I had the old unit out and the new in within 4 hours of the delivery! Of course saved tons of money. My neighbors are spending $5-6k on this replacement, and I bought everything for less than $2300.
My house is 16 years old and the upstairs AC started to blow rust all over the sinks and beds. Knowing it’s a hard job I gathered a few quotes from some trusted contractors and found it was going to cost me $5800 – $8200! I’m a DIY kinda guy and with some quick research, I could do the job for about half. Alpine Home Air sold me a Goodman unit for less than $2000 and adding tools and parts needed for the job was additional $1000.
I spent a couple weeks researching how to do this myself and immediately ran into a problem. I am not EPA certified to handle freon, but fortunately my brother Rob is! Thankfully he agreed to come help me. After describing the initial plan to him he responds that he thinks I’m in over my head on this one. ha! What’s the worst that could happen?
Wanting to do everything by the book, I obtained a permit from my local city ($70) which then requires an electrical and mechanical inspections. The online form was simple; the credit card entry was the hardest part. Now onto buying the parts. I contacted 3 vendors and settled on Alpine Air. They are great and offer Tech support (Bryan has 20 years experience with HVAC), which I used about a half dozen times before the install.
There are so many details of the install, I think I know why everyone thought I’m crazy to do this work myself. I had to buy the correct parts, receive the 500lbs unit via a freight company, using the xr11 flush to clean the existing copper pipes, remove the old unit from the attic, put the new unit up into the attic, buying nitrogen from the local Airgas company, the duct work, the brazing, pressure testing the copper lines, pulling a vacuum, charging the system, etc!
Then after all this, the City inspectors came out and failed the unit. The electrical inspector failed the breakers. The new unit is more efficient, so requiring less power, hence a lower breaker. I replaced a 30A with a 25A breaker; easy! Then the mechanical inspector came out and failed the exhaust vent. I used single wall vent and code requires double wall or b-vent; expensive stuff. Also, he failed the insulation I used was R6 and code requires R8. After replacing these, the reinspections passed. The inspector was surprised the work was accomplished by a homeowner; he’s seen jobs by contractors not as nice. What a compliment!
This was certainly the hardest DIY job I’ve ever done, and kind of hope I don’t have to do it again. I want to thank my brother Rob for all the work and his expertise! I could not have done it without him. Mitch stopped by to visit his Dad (Rob) and was a big help in the process! Zac was able to help, even with an injured back!
Next season I plan to replace my downstairs unit (time does a funny thing to a man about hard things in his past, he forgets). It is, however, a much simpler replacement. I can hope. 🙂
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Going into Cambodia I had no idea that this trip would affect me the way it did and change my view about missions. I seemed to have this picture in my head that going to a foreign country would be all roses with only smiles and laughter. After being in Cambodia for 2 months I realized that it was actually one of the hardest things I’ve done…and if I had to choose to do it again…you’d better believe I’d jump on a plane tomorrow!
These smiling faces, these precious children of God are one of the main reasons why I would do this again and again! I could never fully put into words the impact they made on me. Every day that I taught English to the children, read stories and served in any way I could the more my heart grew for them.
YWAM Charlotte has a 3 month long secondary school called SOLDOut (School of Leadership Development and Outreach) which begins April 2nd 2016. During our last week in Cambodia the Lord spoke to me and showed me that He is calling me to be part of SOLDOut. This will help me grow in leadership and allow me to continue dancing.
Also, I have an opportunity to travel to Scotland for 10 days at the end of SOLDOut to be a part of YWAM Scotland’s outreach called Shine. Every August millions of people from all over the world attend Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival which is the largest arts festival in the world. The other dancers on the team and I, along with thousands of other YWAMers would be preforming in the festival with over 20,000 other participants. YWAM Scotland’s goal is to spread the love of Christ through the arts to millions of people eager to watch and listen.
I am very blessed to have friends and family who support what I am doing. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement throughout my last endeavor; they were very much needed and appreciated. I ask for a continuation of your prayers as details are still being finalized.
Scotland, SOLDOut, and funds to keep my car during this time are estimated to be around 4-5 thousand dollars. If you would like to support me though funding please contact me at any time or visit the GoFundMe page I created.
Thank you again! I pray you and your family are blessed and have a wonderful Easter!
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It’s not every day you get a chance to drive a Ferrari. I went to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive this baby…
“It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.” Ferris Bueller
More Info about the car: http://auto.ferrari.com/en_US/sports-cars-models/past-models/430-scuderia/