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Can I vent a portable air conditioner inside?

I recently bought a portable air conditioner and was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to vent it to the outside. I plan on using it in a room that doesn't have a window as was wondering if I ...
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Split AC installation: Need for a Vacuum Pump & Nitrogen cylinder

I bought a new Split AC (1 ton, LG made) and the company sent home a technician to install the unit. The guy arrived and took measurements and I quizzed him a bit about his kit and strangely it ...
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A/C - Large room with one supply. Add a return and/or another supply?

I just moved into a new house and I have that one room that always seems to be hot. It's on the 2nd floor of the house with the attic over it. The other 2 rooms on the 2nd floor are always a nice ...
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Non-Permanent Air Conditioner for Townhomes

I own my in townhome and my HOA specifies that I cannot have a through-wall or otherwise permanent air-conditioner. Additionally that window mounted units must be removed sometime in October. However ...
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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Turning off Air Conditioning when out of the house for extended time

Most people that live in cold climates know that you should not turn your heat off when you go away for an extended period of time. Just turn it down so the pipes don't freeze. What about the ...
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Confused on what AC Unit to purchase and install?

I am replacing a 30 year old AC unit and I have had 4 estimates. 2 of the 4 people did not even take any measurements and the other two took a lot of measurements. I am leaning towards the ones that ...
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AC fan not turning on. It's silent

Replaced the capacitor 2 weeks ago because AC (Lennox) outside fan was not running, blowing in warm air. And the unit started working. Then again yesterday (95F outside) same thing. Replaced the ...
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Rheem Heat Pump A/C Mode Delay Cycle In Hot Weather

I have a Rheem 15PJL48A01 heat pump which has been working correctly for years, and is maintained properly. It is hot here currently and so it is operating in cooling mode. Yesterday and today, it ...
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How can I improve my ventilation throughout my house?

I just bought my house and it stays rather cool. However I've found while painting that the flow of air through the house is limited. My vents are all on the base board/wall if you can imagine. Not ...
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Repair LCD TV - Possible damage from AC [closed]

Okay, so I installed an AC on my room ~ 3 weeks ago, and my TV basically no longer works. I never had an issue with this TV since I purchased it 6 years ago. I have been experiencing the exact ...
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Is the huge white metal grille on a ceiling called a “cassette AC”. Is it supposed to be noisy?

I am looking to buy a house, but i'm worried about the AC noise. It has the compressor outside the house. The evaporator coil is inside the attic on top of the furnace. This attic is above the ...
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Why is my A/C condenser fan motor wiring backwards, and how can I fix it?

I've just replaced my condenser fan motor on my home A/C unit with this unit: http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/GENERAL-ELECTRIC-Condenser-Fan-Motor-2PRA6 The HP, RPM's and amp ratings all match. The ...
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How do I properly size a 120v inline power relay to control a small air conditioner with my home automation system?

I have a 5,000 BTU, 115 volt, 4.8 amp, window-unit air conditioner I'd like to control from my home automation system. I think easiest thing to do would be to plug the unit into an inline rely module ...
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Why would a blower motor work with A/C, but burn out with furnace?

I've gone through 2 blower motors since I purchased the home 3 yrs ago. I never have an issue with the blower when the AC runs; but it keeps dying in the winter with the furnace. I've had 2 HVAC ...
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AC not cooling using heat pump

I just bought a house and this is my first experience with using a heat pump. I have put in several hours of research and understand how it works but I need someone that has experience to give me some ...
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Why does AC unit need condensation drain trap?

I am modifying the drain pipe that drains my inside AC unit. When I purchased the home, there was an electric drain pump tied to the unit. Upon investigating why the unit needed one I found a pipe in ...
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Leacky AC Evaporator

We just moved into our new place. So many new things need to learn. Just like the problematic AC. My apologizes if I do not know the correct terminology for some of the parts. I will try my best ...
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Air Conditioner Can't Keep up

We just rented a condo and our A/C cannot keep up so it will run almost constantly. It can't even keep the temperature constant, it will creep up into the 80s even while running. I measured the ...
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Air conditioner never seems to shut off

My air conditioner when left on never seems to shut off. Even during the night when it substantially cools down it still seems to run all night. I live in Ottawa, Ontario and for example tonight the ...
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Why won't my AC system turn off after I flipped the breaker?

We've got a central cooling air conditioner that was installed in 1984 with a thermostat from that same year. We are replacing the thermostat with a new programmable one (which has a 100% ...
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How much cooling can I expect from a central air conditioner?

Yesterday's high was 106.0F, low of 79.2F, full sun all day. AC set at 78F, indoor temperature reached about 85F. Today's high was 105.4F, low of 81.1F, full sun all day, now about 102 at 7pm. AC ...
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Does an outdoor AC condenser unit (Heat Pump) require lubrication? Pic included

I have been in my house for 11 years now and every 3 or 4 years I have been taking the lid off my condenser unit and lubricating it. I just don’t know if I am even supposed to do this, but it make ...
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Breaker for compressor tripping when a/c reaching stage 2

My breaker for the compressor is tripping when my a/c is switching to stage2 in very hot weather. Is there anyone who can give me the steps to troubleshoot this issue?
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Is air conditioner installation a DIY project?

We got a bargain on a brand new 6.2kw Split System Inverter Air Conditioner. The quotes we've received for installation are almost as much as the unit cost itself. Is this something I should be ...
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All outlets on one 15-amp circuit, need AC unit

The central AC in our apartment is not working effectively in the summer; we are running the AC continuously for 14 hours a day to keep the temperature below 80 degrees. As you can imagine, our ...
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Blower motor lost RPMs after reversal of fan direction

My air handler requires a clock wise rotation of the fan motor. After installing a new motor I found it was set in the counter clockwise position. I changed the wires (switched inline connection on ...
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noisy Air-conditioner compressor

I bought a new split AC that worked great for a week or so, but now I can hear some annoying noise coming from the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit in installed on a flat roof so I can hear this noise ...
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How much less power does a three-phase A\C unit use as apposed to a 220v unit?

I'm planning to install a 5 ton central AC. I'm deciding between a condensing unit that runs on 220V and a costlier unit that runs on 207Y three-phase. My understanding is that three-phase motors use ...
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What to do about different rooms in the house being a completely different temperature?

I moved into a 30 year old home last December. There is a problem with the HVAC. I have included a very crude drawing of the floor plan The problem is that I can't maintain a comfortable ...
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Should I insulate air conditioner coolant pipes?

I recently replaced some rotted insulation on the coolant pipe that runs out of my AC unit and into the evaporator in my house. When cleaning inside the actual AC unit itself I noticed that the ...
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How can I stop my lights dimming when my Air Conditioning turns on?

I have no noticeable problems with my house's electricity, but when my Air Conditioner kicks in (and here in Central Texas, it kicks in year round) my lights dim for a second or so and then run ...
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Will a DIY Air Conditioner help my HVAC Central Air system?

So the husband and I just moved to Texas. We went away for the weekend and turned our HVAC central air from 68F and ON to 75F and AUTO. For some reason when we got home the AC wouldn't drop. Now I ...
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Issues after capacitor replaced on AC unite

Had a checkup on my AC/ furnace a couple weeks ago. The technician said the capacitor leaking oil and not pulling enough amps. He recommended me getting a whole new system. (my house built 6 yrs ago) ...
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What is the best place to install an Air-conditioner in a room?

I'm trying to decide where to install my ductless split Air-Conditioner. For the indoor unit, is it ok to install it above a window? will placing the indoor unit at the corner of the wall reduce the ...
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What could cause my in-wall air conditioner to blow 3 power boards?

I've had my house for nearly two years, and suddenly my in-wall air conditioner stopped working. I replaced the main power board, and it worked again...for a week. I replaced the main power board ...
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What could be causing an A/C blower motor to turn off randomly?

The Blower motor on my AC unit turns off at random times while the outside unit continues to run which is causing the coil to freeze up. The blower won't come on for 30-45 minutes after the AC has ...
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What is causing this air-conditioning unit to cool on cold days?

This is a temperature log from a reverse cycle air conditioning system that has run fine for getting on for 30 years. It has suddenly started to blast out cold air on days when it should be heating. ...
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Energy Saver on new A/C doesn't work well

I just got a GE AEW12AM window a/c and the energy saver mode doesn't work that well. I'm used to the in-wall a/c that usually run for a few minutes then turn off for ten. This GE unit seems to turn ...
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How long does it take to make money back on a new air conditioner?

I have a townhouse built in 1975 with an air conditioner on the roof. I have no idea how old it is but I can imagine it is on it's last legs. What's more, this last month's energy bill was one of our ...
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What can cause the capacitor in an air conditioner to fail?

I just had the capacitor on my air conditioner fail. It was explained to me that the reason for this was the oil inside the capacitor got too hot, expanded, made the whole thing bulge, and no more ...
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heat pump/air conditioning wiring to thermostat

We decided to change the thermostat of our heat pump/air conditionnning unit. First 3 images are the old unit. The first 3 wires(1 and 2 picture) yellow red orange were not connected to anything, just ...
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How do outdoor mist-cooling A\C units fare in real-world usage?

I live in Phoenix where summer outdoor temperatures regularly exceed 110°F and humidity around 15% or lower is not uncommon. In this environment a mist system can easily pull the temperature down ...
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Is it possible to plug an AC into a kitchen stove hood exhaust?

I live in an apartment and need to install air conditioning to cool down one room (about 20 m2), from time to time (1-3 hours per sunny day, for a total of 3 or 4 months a year - typical European ...
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AC blower fan turns off after 30 minutes

When AC is turned on, everything is fine but the blower fan shuts off after 30-40 minutes, and I see condensation on the pipe just next to the furnace after a while as the AC unit has been running. If ...
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What could be causing our air conditioner circuit breaker to keep tripping?

Our air conditioner circuit breaker marked "AC", is tripping frequently after the AC unit works for a while. Sometimes as long as an hour or more and, sometimes as short as few minutes. We were told ...
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Can I replace this Airwell thermostat?

I am in market to replace my simple A/C control unit with one that integrates with home my z-wave based home automation system. However, before I make the splash and buy a compatible thermostat, I ...
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passive air exchanger on split air conditioner line

Second Stage (Passive) Exchange on Split Air Conditioning System Return Line? I am wondering if there's any chance I can harm my LARGE split air conditioner by installing a passive (parasitic) air ...
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how to install a casement window ac unit in a standard horizontal window?

Ok... I have scoured the internet. I was given 2 casement window ac units. Both of my heat pumps were stolen and this is an army wife turned widow make do type situation for while I save to replace ...
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Why is the upstairs a lot hotter in a 2 story duplex?

I've lived in my current duplex for about 5 years now and every summer, my upstairs portion of the duplex gets noticeably hotter than downstairs. I couldn't give an exact measurement but 10 degrees ...