Double Whammy

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

I like to look at where sayings and phrases come from. Where did we get the term "double whammy?"

It means a double setback or a double blow.  But when did it make it into our vernacular?

Apparently Al Capp used it in a "Lil'Abner" cartoon in 1951.  "Evil-Eye Fleegle is th' name, an' th' 'whammy' is my game. Mudder Nature endowed me wit' eyes which can putrefy citizens t' th' spot!. There is th' 'single whammy'! That, friend, is th' full, pure power o' one o' my evil eyes! It's dynamite, friend, an' I do not t'row it around lightly! ... And, lastly - th' 'double whammy' - namely, th' full power o' both eyes - which I hopes I never hafta use."

That's quite the explanation!  I don't know who is speaking to whom, but the teacher in that person just came out!

Well, the words "double whammy" came to mind when I saw this.  It is certainly a double blow! 

This is a 1960's apartment building, with one unit stacked onto another, converted into condos in 2005. 

The vent on the right services the dryer in the unit I was inspecting.  That dryer is literally 15" from that vent.

The vent on the left services the dryer in the unit below! 

That's two dryer vents blowing right onto the AC compressor.  I have never seen this before!

That is too close.  Why?  I have posted on this before.  That post shows what can happen to an AC compressor that is too close to the dryer vent.

This unit is drawing in air.  If that air is laden with dryer lint (OR A DOUBLE WHAMMY OF DRYER LINT!) the compressor will draw it in.

Over time that will clog its ability to suck in air and dissipate heat as it compresses to create conditioned air.

The rule of thumb is that any compressor, AC or heat pump, should be 12' or more from a dryer or kitchen vent.  That way there is little chance for accumulating lint.

My recommendation:  pay attention to where the dryer vents!  Your compressor will love you for it.

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Randy - not a hard catch when it is right there!  I was surprised to see the one from the unit below however.

Tish - just another of a million things to think of!

Feb 26, 2011 12:04 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Jay, the best "Clog Job" I've seen is when the home owner had a large Cottonwood tree next to the condenser.

Feb 26, 2011 12:15 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Whoa Bob!  That would do it!  Then they wonder why the upstairs is so hot and their electric bills are so high!

Feb 26, 2011 12:19 AM #9
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Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
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Always great advice, Jay; thanks for another valuable post!

Feb 26, 2011 01:55 AM #10
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

A little thing here and another there, Virginia, and together we will teach each other!

Feb 26, 2011 07:45 AM #11
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Nice wiring too---my guess is that it was the HVAC installer that didn't know what theyw ere doing :)

Feb 26, 2011 08:55 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Different post Charlie!  Not that it deserves one.  Also the brand of AC, did you notice?  Not going to say anything about that in a post however...

Feb 26, 2011 09:09 AM #13
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Good info to know, Jay!  Thanks so much for the heads up on this!

Feb 26, 2011 01:23 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Every house is a working system, DeeDee, and they all work together.  They must be situated properly and be able to interact without one harming another.

Feb 26, 2011 08:54 PM #15
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

How many times have I seen that? Actually never. It's always one vent I find never the double whammy.

Feb 27, 2011 01:11 AM #17
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Yes I've seen dryers vented indoors. The idea is to save the heat in winter and boost the humidity.  Not a good idea. 

Feb 27, 2011 01:24 AM #18
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This is a definite don't do, Valerie, and the first time I have seen the double installation!

Jim - I haven't either!  Vents near the AC unit are pretty common.  But double?

Robert - when I do they drain into some plastic box which is supposed to contain water to "soak up" the lint!  The humidity can't be a good idea though.

Feb 27, 2011 07:37 AM #19
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Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

They are always putting at least the one vent right on top of the AC unit.  Two, that is just a special occasion!

Feb 27, 2011 02:35 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I thought the inspectors here would like that Jim!  It was new to me!

Feb 27, 2011 09:54 PM #21
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

I wonder if they realize just how much energy they are wasting...

Feb 28, 2011 07:18 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The more clogged it gets Chris, the less efficient it becomes!  Right on!

Feb 28, 2011 10:31 AM #23
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jay,

If you are going to do a job wrong, make it doubly wrong. Double the pleasure double the fun ; )

Mar 01, 2011 01:05 PM #24
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This is a company told to convert apartments into condos without an understanding of what it takes to do so Don!

Mar 01, 2011 11:15 PM #25
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

I got it.  You should invent an interlock switch that only allows the AC to run when the dryer is off.

Mar 07, 2011 01:43 PM #26
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sometimes I see people build fences around the AC units, and I mean right to the edges, so nobody can see them.  That will work too!

So Reuben, when do we get started on that switch?  It would be a hard sell though. Around here anyway, if the AC was to be off for a half hour or so, or longer, the house would really heat up!

Mar 07, 2011 10:32 PM #27
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