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Are BTU's only calculated using square feet?

I'm building a 16'x20' storage building with a barn roof, so it's pretty much a 2 story area. Will I calculate the BTU's using 320 sq.ft. for my window unit?
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Zoned thermostat in every bedroom

I am getting a new AC and coils new use old one died This is for second floor where we have 4 bedrooms Question Is it possible to have thermostat in every bedroom Is it allowed under code ? What ...
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Is it OK to have an air conditioning vent above a kitchen cabinet?

We're getting proposals to add central air conditioning to our house. We currently have no ductwork so adding ducts and vents is part of the project. One possible duct location is on the ceiling over ...
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Breaker lets more Amps then its max

The last few day's I had the main breaker triped a few times, I checked the amps with a multimeter and when the central air conditioner turns on it draws 150! amps for 1 second and then goes down to ...
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How often should I run a bleach and water solution through condensate lines?

How often do you need to run a bleach and water solution through the condensate drain lines (of a heat pump) to keep the bacteria away? What are the recommended parts (e.g. 1 part bleach, 10 part ...
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Portable Indoor Airconditioner not cooling — let's discuss possible reasons (and solutions)

I have a portable indoor airconditioner (LG LP1311BXR 13,000 BTU). I bought it refurbished from Walmart 2 years ago. It worked beautifully until recently. Symptoms: The fan, compressor seem to be ...
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Is there a significant risk of CO2 buildup with a ductless heat pump A/C?

It just occurred to me that if I install a ductless heat pump to cool the air in my house's bedrooms in the summer, the unit will be cooling and dehumidifying the air - but not introducing any new ...
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AC Blower running very slowly

I have a Ducane heat pump. When running in AC Mode, the outdoor fan and compressor kick off just fine. The blower fan seems to kick off as well, though it's not putting out very much air. I can ...
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Can I run a central air conditioner in the winter?

What happens if you run a central air conditioner when it's below freezing outside? Is this expected to work? I know, it sounds crazy, but that's because you don't live in an overheated New York ...
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Air conditioner icing up; diagnostic questions

BACKGROUND AC filter was replaced (1PM) and afternoon temperatures exceeded 83 degrees (target temp). Afternoon temperatures climbed despite the AC being on 5 hours straight (4-9PM). ...
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How to choose a good brand of heat pump? [on hold]

I'm going to be installing a couple of heat pumps in my house mainly for cooling in the summer (I'm in the UK, and our summers are getting hotter). As far as I can tell there are several major ...
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In an old NYC apartment building built in the 50s. Would wires catch on fire if using a high powered AC?

I live in an old NYC apartment built in the 50s. I currently use a 1500-2000 watt portable AC unit and I feel the power cables are very hot during use. I'm afraid of the wires catching on fire in ...
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What is required to recharge refrigerant in a built in ICE CAP Air conditioner that cannot be moved?

My apartment has a built in air conditioner unit. The brand is ICE CAP and it doesn't look like there is any way to remove it as its built into the cabinet frame that has an external exhaust outside. ...
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Troubleshoot air conditioner that may have fixed itself

I've had some trouble with my air conditioner, and I'm trying to troubleshoot it. Here's what I've got: The air conditioner was not blowing cold air. The air was cooler than the outside air, but ...
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Adding a “C” wire to an A/C unit with no circuit board [duplicate]

I have an old thermostat with only 4 wires and no "C" wire or Comm wire. I started fresh and bought 18/5 wire and wired everything up to my old thermostat still leaving out the C wire.Everything is ...
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Interior vs. exterior A/C insulation

I recently got a new central a/c system with ducts included. PROBLEM: The ducts had interior insulation that gave off maple syrup odor. The contractor replaced the ducts with more interior insulation,...
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Remove window air conditioners when selling a house? [closed]

When selling a single family home, is it better to remove window air conditioners or leave them installed?
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Is it necessary to replace a furnace when replacing the air conditioner?

When replacing a central Air Conditioner is it also necessary to replace the furnace,which is part of a forced air system. Thanks
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How to install a 4-wire a/c & fan thermostat with only 3 wires

My home currently has a central a/c unit which is controlled from an 3-wire old mercury switch thermostat. I want to replace it with a newer Honeywell that requires 4 wires. The existing thermostat ...
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What is the best position to put my Air Conditioner?

I have a problem. I have no idea where I should put the air conditioner to maximize it's effect. Here's a floor plan: I'd love if the AC could cool down the whole floor, but that's not going to be ...
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Extend dryer termination away from condensing unit

How can I extend my dryer's exhaust vent away from my A.C. condensing unit using the existing outlet? It currently looks like the picture below. I don't know if the vent going through the wall is ...
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Why is my A/C drain line not draining at all?

I have a unit that is installed in the attic and is about 10 years old. My problem is I normally have to go up and empty the drain pan every month or so, but lately it's been every 3 days. I have ...
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AC tripping power breaker

My central AC is dripping power breaker What I have checked Filters are clean I cleaned outside unit with water I put in a new capacitor It cools fine it just trips middle of night like 4am
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Central Air Conditioner coil cleaner

What is the best way to clean Air Conditioner could I bought two cans of web cool cleaner foamy thing http://m.homedepot.com/p/14-oz-Condenser-Coil-Cleaner-WCOIL/100351663 So I ended up using two ...
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How to wire A/C Thermostat given different wiring conventions

I've just moved to a new apartment in which I'd like to replace the current central A/C thermostat with a new one with WIFI control. I hope it's possible! I have basic diy electric skills but no ...
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How can I install an air conditioner in a window with a very deep exterior ledge?

Our NYC apartment building has very deep exterior ledges, extending around a foot beyond the window, but 2-3" below the window frame, so a window AC can't rest flat on it. How do we appropriately ...
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AC Coil Corrosion?

I looked at my outdoor AC unit yesterday and it looks like the coils are starting to deteriorate. I looked online and it looks like it's some kind of corrosion. Is this fixable at this point? Or is ...
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How can I check the refrigerant level in my air conditioner?

What kind of device do I need to check the refrigerant level in my home AC? Can I buy something like Mountain MTN8205 R134a Brass Manifold Gauge Set With Couplers? Please suggest if I am on the ...
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Air conditioner that keeps turning off

My air conditioner unit outside keeps on turning off and the fan in the house keeps on running. When I switch the circuit breaker off, then on the outside unit works again. Do you know what might ...
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Why might a thermostat refuse to switch from Heat mode to Cool mode?

I have this Honeywell RTHL2410C programmable thermostat and typical Florida electric AC system. Starting this Spring, it has started behaving strangely when switching from Heat to Cool mode. The ...
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Yellow wire connected to C terminal, blue wire connected to Y terminal at furnace

I'm trying to install a new smart thermostat the requires a C wire. My old thermostat operated on batteries. The pre-existing wiring system of the old thermostat looked normal (ie. red wire to Rc, ...
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How do I replace a condenser fan motor in a central air unit?

The condenser fan motor on my central air unit has seized up (tried like crazy to turn it it, but no go). I'm not sure how old the motor is but I'm guessing it's original, so about 12 years old. I ...
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How to install a window ac in a room with improper window provision

I have a window ac that I used it earlier. Recently shifted my premises and my bed room has a window with two wood doors that open oppositely and a lengthy wood stick in the middle. Window is ...
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Inverter air-conditioning units or non-inverter air-conditioning units?

I want to purchase new 8-9 units of air-conditioning for my new house. For the hall, kitchen and all the bedrooms. Some people say inverter air-conditioning is only suitable if you are using more ...
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Can I use a portable air conditioner with a casement window?

My apartment has windows like this, where they rotate out upon a vertical hinge. I live in Seattle, so I can't rely on an evaporative A/C unit because the humidity is too high. And all the portable ...
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My split A/C unit doesn't drain much water

My split A/C unit used to drain much water when it was new. Now, the unit drains much less water than before. I checked the drain line and it isn't clogged. Also, the cooling efficiency is slightly ...
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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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A/C unit cycles on and off

My outside compressor / condenser is cycling on and off, even though the thermostat is calling for A/C. The blower in the house still runs, and the thermostat is working properly. ( I opened up the ...
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Leaking portable air conditioner

We have a portable air conditioner that we used pretty heavily over the weekend. When I woke up this morning, it has leaked water all over the living room floor. Any ideas of why? Thanks!
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My Air conditioner suddenly became defective after a power outage

So, these are the symptoms: 1] The big fan outside is taking a lot longer to start. 2] Within 2 minutes of start-up and cooling, it makes a growling/ rattling sound and 3] The power switch to start ...
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Can AC fan or motor be upgraded?

My AC blows cold air, so I assume my compressor outside works OK. Please correct if that's an incorrect assumption. The problem is, there is very little cold airflow that comes out of the floor ducts....
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Can I attach a HEPA filter to the HVAC outlet?

I am currently living in China and want to improve the indoor air-quality. We have a Hitachi R410A HVAC. All the room in the house are controlled separately. Just to make it clear up front, I am not a ...
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Can you increase the speed of an ECM AC blower?

I have a Trane XV95_060 for furnace and Trane XR15-018 for AC I would like to know if the speed of the blower can be adjusted (increased) Before I had a 1ton AC and that was all right for the house ...
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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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help with improving HVAC performance on the second floor of an old house

I'm hoping some of you can offer some advice on how best to add a second AC in our home -- or on whether we should look for a different solution. I should say upfront that I've done a lot of reading ...
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High Power Bills Related to Air Conditioner

So I seem to be having trouble with my power bills (they've often been near $400 while other people in my area with a similar sized house usually get around $140), and I've isolated the issue to my ...
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Air conditioning with exhaust fans between two rooms

I'm renovating a space where there will be a partition of 2 rooms (3m height, dimensions are approximates, high humidity location, 23-34degC avg outside temp) Room 1: 5x7m Room 2: 2x7m Room 1 will ...
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How to buy the right AC for an existing wall mount sleeve?

I have a non-working GE wall mounted AC. I am looking to remove the chasis and purchase an AC that will fit this sleeve. I looked up the GE AC model to see if there were similar models I can buy to ...
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My AC unit won't blow cold

So, I was changing a light switch and flipping circuit breakers to find the correct one. I accidentally flipped my AC circuit breaker off and then back on. After this I noticed the AC wasn't blowing ...
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What exactly do the range of numbers (1 to 7) mean on the temperature knob/dial on a basic window air conditioning unit?

I just purchased a new, very nice and basic (5,000BTU) in-window air conditioner and it does the job for my basic needs. But I have a question I probably have had for years but never had a proper ...