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Is it beneficial to point a fan at the intake of a portable air conditioner?

Unfortunately for the time being, my whole first floor is cooled by a single portable air conditioner and "cleverly" (if that word can even be used here...) placed fans to help move the cool air ...
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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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Why is my air conditioner tripping the circuit breaker?

Our air conditioner recently stopped blowing out cold air. When I went to check on it, I noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. We had had problems with ants in the contacter in the past, ...
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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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Dust reduction and removal?

I have a room with west facing windows (I dont think the direction bears any importance to this question), but for some reason this room seems to accumulate dust on surfaces a lot faster than other ...
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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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Do thermostat-controlled, auto-adjust HVAC vents exist?

The residential forced-air HVAC systems I have seen are controlled by a single thermostat in one room. One has to manually adjust the vents in order to adjust the temperature in other rooms. Is ...
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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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Is infrared blocking film effective in reducing temperature inside a room?

I was going to put a foil on windows, but found a film that is alleged to reflect rays from infrared spectrum, thus preventing 60% of sun heat of entering a room. Any criticism on it? Or personal ...
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Water falling on top of central AC

So I have an AC unit outside my room onto which a whole bunch of water falls from straight from the gutter. Will this ruin the unit? Also, it makes A LOT of noise. What would be the best way to dampen ...
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Is it possible to use my window A/C unit without actually installing it in the wall?

So, here's the dilemma. I want to install a window unit in my garage. I know how to do this, but my wife isn't supportive of the idea because we are trying to sell the house currently. Anyways, ...
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How do I thaw the lines to my condensing unit so that it will turn off?

The lines to the compressor are frozen, and the outside unit stays on even when the thermostat is off. How do I fix this?
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How do I keep my house cool especially my terrace during summer?

I live in Bangalore in an apartment on the top floor and during summer, my terrace (built of concrete) absorbs a lot of heat. When I come home and switch on the fan, it ends warming my room and it is ...
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How can I check if the ionizer on the air conditioner is working?

I am looking for a way to tell if the ionizer on my air conditioner is working. Searched the web and only answers were related to stand alone ionizers and using an incense stick's smoke. This is not ...
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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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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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How do I properly frame an opening to angle a through-wall air conditioner?

I'm going to install a through-wall air conditioner using a purpose-built sleeve. The instructions from the manufacturer say to install it such that it angles slightly downwards to the outside (about ...
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What steps are required to convert R-22 Freon to a new R-410A Puron system?

I am house hunting in Houston. Every 2000-2004 house we've seen so far uses old A/C Unit and coils for R-22 Freon and not the newer R-410A Puron. Reference: ...
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What can cause an A/C to freeze up

Our A/C evaporator coil freeze up last year, so I called out a technician. He said that it was charged with the proper amount of Freon, and my problem [paraphrased] "something had narrowed the inside ...
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Hot water heating system: Renew or replace?

Our home was built around 1963 and has Gas powered Hot water based heating, some portion of the house is floor heated and some with radiators emitting heat from hot water. The heater may be 10-12 ...
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How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?

I have an AC unit with the following specs: Cooling Capacity: 1260 kcal/h, 1.47kW, 5000 Btu/h Fan Motor Power: 0.034 kW Current: 0.155 A My question is how much power does this unit actually ...
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Is my Heat pump and gas furnace installation incorrect?

I moved into a house about 2.5 years ago, and the previous owners had a heat pump installed, together with a gas furnace. Recently I had my furnace repaired (faulty igniter) and the HVAC technician ...
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What are my options to level out my air conditioner?

The air conditioner on the side of my house is on a small slab of concrete. Over time, it has started to tilt as the land has settled. We just recently moved in and a few of the neighbors have ...
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Can I cool 540 sq. ft. with a single A/C unit?

I have a small apartment - about 540sq ft. The layout: Click for larger view The red square would be the internal unit, and to the left and right I have 2 rooms. I also have a 6 month old ...
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Do I need a sleeve for through the wall air conditioner in new construction?

I am about to buy a through the wall A/C unit for a small building, which the builder will frame out for the A/C. Is the framing enough, or do I need to buy a sleeve for A/C?
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Can I convert a window A/C unit in to a pool-water cooled system?

I have an 18,000 BTU A/C unit that blew a compressor last year. Perfect for a small project. I however could not find a professional to help me out, so maybe it's DIYable. I know just about enough ...
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Can I stack my boxed air conditioning units for storage?

I pulled out the AC units from the windows and have put them back in the original boxes that they came in. Can I stack them one on top of another for storage? I know not to stack the units normally, ...
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Do I need to replace soaking wet insulation resulting from a plugged A/C drain?

I had a company install an A/C evaporator unit on my existing heating system. A plugged drain caused the plastic pan inside the evaporator to overflow with water, which then ran out through the metal ...
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When should HVAC returns be opened and closed?

My Pennsylvania house was built in the early 90s, has central heat (natural gas) and central A/C, and most rooms have pairs of closable air returns on the wall near the floor and ceiling. I've been ...
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180º/gooseneck/u-shaped cold air return?

I am in the planning stages of moving a cold air return from an inconvenient spot in the floor to a nearby wall. The basic plan is to open up the wall on both sides (cutting one stud and framing in a ...
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Home A/C Repair/Replacement quotes are very different. Which one to go with?

I recently have been having issues with my A/C unit on my Condo which was built in 1986. This unit might very well be the original A/C unit. It has two components, the fan outside and the air handler ...
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Two A/C units are close to each other and turning one on turns the other on. How to fix?

I had an Air Con unit installed in the Living Room and another in a bedroom adjacent to the Living Room, both from the same brand. The Air Con units are actually next to each other, and only ...
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Do Silent Condensate Pumps for Air Conditioners exist?

I need to install a Condensate Pump in a new A/C in a bedroom, and there is no choice but to pump the condensate up to a drain on the roof. The A/C technicians have told me about different types of ...
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How do I eliminate the cold drafts coming from my air conditioning vents during winter?

I have a forced hot water (baseboard) heating system in my home and added central air conditioning about 10 years ago. The cooling system's air handler is in my attic, and duct work was added for the ...
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extra thermostat, electric dampers and 1 furnace [duplicate]

I have a problem similar to others that have posted: balancing heating/cooling throughout the house. I have already played with adjusting the vent's air flow as well as the manual dampers in the ...
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Why do air conditioners have thermostats, not humidistats?

I've noticed it over the years in various living quarters: an inside A/C temperature setting that's appropriate and comfortable for a given outside temperature is quite unbearable when the outside ...
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Is my window air conditioner cooling properly?

I am renting a place where the only air conditioner is a window unit mounted in the wall in the main living area. The space in that main room is about 325 sq ft, and it has a 9 ft ceiling on average. ...
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How to keep my air conditioner from freezing when it is cool outside?

My bedroom is the hottest room in the house, and even with all the windows open and fans in them doesn't cool off as much as I would like when it's an acceptable temperature outside. And I prefer to ...
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Why is my outdoor air conditioner unit making a screeching/squeeling sound?

During the winter time when I have my heat on, my outdoor air conditioner unit randomly makes this awful-sounding squealing/screeching sound. It lasts for about 15-30 seconds at a time, stops, and ...
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What could be causing the delay in the start up of my air conditioner?

I have an air conditioner that is probably 15 years old now. The problem is when I turn it on after it has been off for a long period of time (several hours) it takes a long time for the outdoor unit ...
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How do I convert an A/C window unit from thermostat to humidistat control?

I've managed to get my hands on a really nice window unit AC that can cool my entire living space (about 900 sq ft), but the downside of it being so powerful is that I either have to leave it ...
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Is it normal for A/C performance to improve when vent covers are removed?

I recently moved my office to the second floor of our home and I haven't been able to get the temperature below about 78 even though the thermostat is on 72. My son's bedroom had been the same way ...
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How long do evaporator coils last in a home AC system?

I was going through my blog roll this morning when I saw that someone had asked this elsewhere. I figured it would be a good question to ask. In general, how long do evaporator coils last in a home ...
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Vented vs unvented crawl space

I've asked this question before: Vented vs unvented crawl space However, now that I'm going to get air conditioning the question comes back again and again people seem to have different opinions. ...
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Why does my Central A/C Keeps Blowing its Fuse?

For years, my A/C condensing unit has blown a fuse once, maybe twice a year. It's 27 years old now and blew a few fuses last spring. Now it blows a fuse every few days. So, I replaced a bad running ...
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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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Re-locating a split system A/C to a different room

I currently have a split system A/C unit in our living room that is really too small for the room. It runs full blast when it's turned on and whilst it does work at cooling the room, it's not ...
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What to use to funnel floor air vent in cabinent for proper air flow

I ripped the "floor" of the kitchen cabinet out to reveal that all along, my vent was funneling air like this, an open hole. The circular opening is about 6 inches across both ways. I need to funnel ...
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Where should I tap in to the existing duct work?

Bought a 1981 repo a year ago. The house measures around 900 SQFT. I enclosed the one car garage (10'x20') @ 200 SQFT to serve as an office. The front of the garage is insulated (10') along with the ...
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Advice for replacement/repair of an HVAC with a cracked heat exchanger?

My townhouse has a downflow 1994 Rheem 2.5 ton HVAC unit on its roof (combines both A/C and heat). We have had two issues with the unit and have been in the townhouse for a little under two years. In ...