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What's The big secret?...reverse cycle chillers
I'm looking to get a reverse cycle chiller but am having a hard time finding any reviews. I know other people have showed interest as well, some of which have posted in this forum. I see a couple of posts here from people who have bought them but after their initial post have not heard a peep as far as performance and reviews. The Same goes for other posts I have seen on the internet. I know there is not a big market for them here at the moment which leads me to believe that if someone is interested in one and they mentioned it in this forum they must have some technical know how and are exhilarated by the joys and wonders of heating and cooling . I imagine that I as well as others wouldn't be able to contain myself and refrain from posting a review and discussing the chiller hear but so far......not a word. Well maybe a couple of words from John Siegenthaler and people that have installed Spacepak's Solstice. Other than saying they have installed Spacepaks and they are happy with them there is little else. I want the meat and potatoes... It's as if people buy them then sign a non-disclosure agreement once it's installed.
I'm interested in Chiltrix. The unit has published more efficient specs than Spacepak yet it seems the majority at least in this forum only talk about Spacepak Solstice. Why is that? I know Spacepak is readily available from Johnstone Supply. They have different ton models for sale now and they list replacement parts for purchase as well. Whereas Chiltrix currently only has their 2 ton cx34 for sale and lists no replacement parts for purchase. This unit seems less costly to run than a Spacepak. Are these machine's just to new and everyone is just sitting around waiting for another to make a purchase and provide more reviews before deciding to buy themselves. Siegenthaler mentions that a buffer tank needs to be used with the Spacepak, however with the 2 ton Chiltrix sized right combined with the dehumidifier control a buffer tank doesn't need to be purchased. The only thing holding me back from buying the Chiltrix is i'm leary about the availability of parts. What if the computer goes bad? Is it easy to get another one? With the Spacepak I have to get the 4 ton unit which is a little oversized for me and purchase the buffer tank. They both seem to have their pros and cons. Since an argument can be made for each I find it odd and am a little disappointed there isn't more discussion, arguing, disagreements and duels happening in HVAC land ...especially in this forum. It's even odderer (thats a word right?) that other mentions online of these chillers barely provide any review other than things like "I just paid $20k and had new chiltrix installed. It works good. The end" . Also, Chiltrix posted a video to their site of a news station talking about air-to- water chillers. The news story flashed a shot of a unit with the brand Chiltrix on it for a second then panned away. No brand names were mentioned. The reporter just interviewed a hippy for 5 minutes who spoke about how efficient these units are. So, why are these things so cryptic? And if anyone here does have a Chiltrix...give us a review. A subjective comparison would also be greatly appreciated.