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VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim O'Brien yesterday. 5 Replies

Just completed an audit and manual j for a home in downtown Chicago this week.  Home is less than 1 year. 5 stories include basement.  Block walls with brick over.  Closed cell entire wall bays.  2…Continue

Condensation on ceiling and walls of master bedroom

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rich Manning Jul 19. 8 Replies

Posted on wrong thing first time.  Have cust who claims to have condensation on ceiling in summer time.  has 2 ac... has approx 3,000 sf two story built 1978 mst br is only room with cathedral…Continue

Closed cell on roof deck to prevent mold.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Partlo Apr 20. 3 Replies

I am working with an insulation company who has already applied 2" of closed cell foam over the deck of a roof deck that has been remediated for mold twice. It was thought by spraying the foam, there…Continue

 

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Tim O'Brien replied to Jerry Needham's discussion VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC
"New build may not have been "dry" before finished and occupied. Residual moisture from materials may have been "stranded" leading to localized high moisture areas causing problems. Need to add dehumidifier for cooling season if…"
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Daniel Baur-McGuire replied to Jerry Needham's discussion VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC
"Oversized A/C systems wont pull out enough moisture from the conditioned air. I would check to make sure the systems are set to the right fan speed. Make sure the filters are clean and appropriate for the filter rack. No merv 12 in a 1inch filter…"
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John Nicholas replied to Jerry Needham's discussion VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC
"AC sizing and design is always a compromise.  The homeowner in this case is stuck on numbers.   What did the original HVAC design contractor say about their Manual J and D?  Why so oversized from their point? Pull the ASHRAE…"
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David Baerg replied to Jerry Needham's discussion VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC
"I'm curious if the humidity problems are winter or summer.  Is the mold forming on the back of the drywall or on the inside?  With 2 HRVs, I wouldn't expect they have high humidity in the winter.  But they might not be using…"
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Dave Taylor replied to Jerry Needham's discussion VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC
"Jerry, Your second line may be the key. "Brick over block" I think you may be experiencing vapor pressure drive thru the wall assembly. The oversize AC acts as a giant vacuum drawing the Heat and moisture to it thru the walls. Mold forming…"
Aug 6
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VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC

Just completed an audit and manual j for a home in downtown Chicago this week.  Home is less than 1 year. 5 stories include basement.  Block walls with brick over.  Closed cell entire wall bays.  2 ACs of 3.5 tons each. 1 in basement for 3 zones and one on 2nd floor with 2 zones.  HRV with each system.  All Carrier Infinity equip.  Man j calls for 30,704 Btu for total AC. Blower Door was at 2.5 ACH50.  They have experienced mold in the window cavities & builder is in process of taking out…See More
Aug 2
Rich Manning replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Condensation on ceiling and walls of master bedroom
"Looks like a leaking ridge vent"
Jul 19
Daniel Baur-McGuire replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Condensation on ceiling and walls of master bedroom
"Sounds like u opened the hornets nest! I would say a 2600 sq ft home shouldn't need more than 2tons a/c depending where u are at. More tonnage can cause issues. Especially makes it difficult for the system to pull moisture out of the air of it…"
Jul 16
Jerry Needham replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Condensation on ceiling and walls of master bedroom
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Sean Lintow Sr replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Condensation on ceiling and walls of master bedroom
"The problem was probably there before, it just wasn't as apparent - sure rain isn't getting in through said ridge also? Love hot roof systems especially when you have so little room for traditional means - just make sure it is closed cell…"
Jun 1
Jerry Needham replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Condensation on ceiling and walls of master bedroom
"Thanks for the reply Daniel.  I have worked with several jobs where we did as you suggest and all seem to be good.  I like the concept of the un-vented foam filled cathedral ceiling.  Cust says no issues with the condensation prior to…"
Jun 1
Jerry Needham replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Condensation on ceiling and walls of master bedroom
"David Not sure if there are any supply vents in the ceiling.  I am scheduled for an energy audit on June 18th and will know a lot more about the house at that point.  Just trying to get ahead of the curve prior to getting to the house."
Jun 1
Daniel Baur-McGuire replied to Jerry Needham's discussion CONDENSATION ON CEILING AND WALLS OF MASTER BR
"Spray closed cell foam and get rid of soffit venting. Problem fixed! Adding soffit vents just allowed hot moist air to hit, I assume, an underinsulated and non air sealed space. Doubt they actually vented the space with baffels all the way up the…"
May 31
David Butler replied to Jerry Needham's discussion CONDENSATION ON CEILING AND WALLS OF MASTER BR
"Is it the cathedral ceiling that's sweating? Is the condensation on or adjacent to supply vents?"
May 31
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CONDENSATION ON CEILING AND WALLS OF MASTER BR

Posted on wrong thing first time.  Have cust who claims to have condensation on ceiling in summer time.  has 2 ac... has approx 3,000 sf two story built 1978 mst br is only room with cathedral ceiling.  said the condensation started after they installed ridge vent.  says ceilings are 2 by 6.  i am thinking of removing the dry wall and spray foaming the ceiling and replacing the drywall causing an unvented ceiling.any thoughts.Jerry NeedhamSee More
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Spray foam on attic deck to stop mold

Posted on April 7, 2018 at 8:57pm 2 Comments

I am working with an insulation company who has already applied 2" of closed cell foam over the deck of a roof deck that has been remediated for mold twice. It was thought by spraying the foam, there would be no chance of the mold coming back.  This is a million dollar home in the Chicagoland area and homeowner is trying to sell the home but a private home inspector says the foam will shorten the life of the roof and he has scared off perspective buyers with his talk.  I have told the…

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