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Old 05-21-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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My Ryland Home is done already, and have noticed that when the A/C is running I can barely feel the air coming out of the ducts. It does get cold, but I don't even hear the blower. I asked my step dad about this(he's an A/C guy working in California) and told me to ask if the blower has a variable speed so it can be adjusted. I do have high high ceilings so I don't know what effect that has. Any thoughts or suggestions? I still haven't closed so I have time to walk away or fix this problem if there's one. Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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My Ryland Home is done already, and have noticed that when the A/C is running I can barely feel the air coming out of the ducts. It does get cold, but I don't even hear the blower. I asked my step dad about this(he's an A/C guy working in California) and told me to ask if the blower has a variable speed so it can be adjusted. I do have high high ceilings so I don't know what effect that has. Any thoughts or suggestions? I still haven't closed so I have time to walk away or fix this problem if there's one. Thanks.
I'll start with the obvious suggestion: Since you're still under warranty, have Ryland send their warranty folks (assumably it'll be the A/C installers themselves) out to take a look. It's free to you so why not.

That being said, what you're describing is an odd "issue." It gets cold, but you can't hear it getting cold? Sounds like you've got an ideal system to me.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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Call another company for some peace of mind. They can test the flow rate and temperature at every outlet. Why not spend a hundred or two and make sure your investment is a sound one?
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Tie some tissues to a stick and raise it up to the vent to see if it's blowing. But as said before, if it's getting cold and you can't hear it, isn't that what you WANT?
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The Ryland home you bought is a very specialized home. It comes with what Ryland calls Houseworks. Most A/C techs have no clue what this means so if you want someone to take a second look at it, it'll have to be the original installer who has the specs for your specific house plan. But remember, it's a hybrid kinda house, it's not going to work like a normal house A/C unit. If you still think it's marginal, have Ryland come check the unit out- it's in full 100% warranty. You also need to remember that the home has had a blower door test performed on it as they set the unit up. Any leaks would have been found immediately. If by some reason the fan motor isn't running at the right speed, it's a real simple thing to change but these houses are highly specific in regards to the A/C systems and I doubt that's the issue. With the blower door test comes the tech weighing the Paschal weight of the A/C into each room. If it's not right, he's not finished and cannot sign off on the house. If you haven't closed on the house and are not comfortable with it, have the A/C installer meet you at the home to explain the system to you. You can have the Ryland sales associate set that up for you.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I moved into a new house with high ceilings (not Ryland though, another builder) and I can't feel the air coming from the AC ducts or hear the AC running unless I'm right next to it. Before I bought my house, I lived in apartments where most things were at least a little bit broken all the time...in the apartment, it would never get cool but if you stood under the AC vent and raised your hand up, you'd feel the cold air blowing on your hand, which the maintainence men used as proof that the unit was working. It took a little getting used to the idea that I wouldn't feel or hear the AC in the house like I did in the apartment, but that's how the air conditioner is really supposed to work, as long as the house gets cool.

If you need to feel/hear your cool air, install a ceiling fan after you move in
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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I moved into a new house with high ceilings (not Ryland though, another builder) and I can't feel the air coming from the AC ducts or hear the AC running unless I'm right next to it. Before I bought my house, I lived in apartments where most things were at least a little bit broken all the time...in the apartment, it would never get cool but if you stood under the AC vent and raised your hand up, you'd feel the cold air blowing on your hand, which the maintainence men used as proof that the unit was working. It took a little getting used to the idea that I wouldn't feel or hear the AC in the house like I did in the apartment, but that's how the air conditioner is really supposed to work, as long as the house gets cool.

If you need to feel/hear your cool air, install a ceiling fan after you move in
This right here! This is my first home ever, and I was comparing it to the central A/C unit at my current apartment, which blows hard and the blower sounds like a locomotive. You are the second person that says that you can barely feel the air coming out of the ducts and that you can't hear anything. I just have to get used to it. Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I think the apartment complexes jack up the blower speed when the unit isn't working right, so that you'll feel air hitting your sweat and think it's cooling.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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The Ryland home you bought is a very specialized home. It comes with what Ryland calls Houseworks. Most A/C techs have no clue what this means so if you want someone to take a second look at it, it'll have to be the original installer who has the specs for your specific house plan. But remember, it's a hybrid kinda house, it's not going to work like a normal house A/C unit. If you still think it's marginal, have Ryland come check the unit out- it's in full 100% warranty. You also need to remember that the home has had a blower door test performed on it as they set the unit up. Any leaks would have been found immediately. If by some reason the fan motor isn't running at the right speed, it's a real simple thing to change but these houses are highly specific in regards to the A/C systems and I doubt that's the issue. With the blower door test comes the tech weighing the Paschal weight of the A/C into each room. If it's not right, he's not finished and cannot sign off on the house. If you haven't closed on the house and are not comfortable with it, have the A/C installer meet you at the home to explain the system to you. You can have the Ryland sales associate set that up for you.
Yes, you are right Mr trapper. I have the Houseworks system. I'll just have them explain to me the system. We are going to install ceiling fans in the rooms and at the living room anyways. Thanks.
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