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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 ...
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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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Water dripping out of small pvc pipe in soffit of house

Yesterday was an extremely hot day here in SoCal with temperatures around 100F. The AC unit had been turned off during the daytime and at nighttime we turned it on to cool down the house. A few ...
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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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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 to recharge a window unit air conditioner?

Can I recharge my window unit air conditioner or do I have to send it to a specialist? The AC unit that I have is about 15 years old (nothing lasts forever)... and I happen to have about 20 lbs of ...
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Upstairs bedrooms are too hot. Would like to put in another thermostat.

I've been searching for an answer to this question but have yet to find one that applies. I'm looking to put in a new thermostat on the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are that would take over in the ...
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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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Window air conditioner fan slows to a stop in about 2 minutes

I just bought a window A/C unit and turned it to "low fan" setting. Within I think a few seconds after it started, I could hear it slowing down, which it continued to do until it came to stop, which ...
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Is it possible to control the speed of the fan on my central A/C unit?

I have one of those medium sized AC-units (don't know the model name at the moment) and a very basic Honeywell thermostat that the installers put in when the house was built. However, there doesn't ...
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HVAC making sound even when off

At Thermostat Fan was on Auto Cooling was On Outside Unit was making noise. Outside Unit Fan not coming on at all Next to the compressor on the Wall there was On Off Switch, I turned off power ...
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How much less power does a three-phase air conditioning unit use than a one phase 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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How to install a mini split when you have brick walls

I want to install a mini-split unit myself. I can't afford to do it any other way and I'm going to die of heat exhaustion if I fail because these window units just aren't doing the trick. The only ...
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How do I install an air conditioner on a horizontal sliding window?

There isn't a great amount of literature on this subject it seems. I have an air conditioner, the manual assumes that you have a vertical sliding window, but I have one that slides horizontal, so how ...
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Issues after capacitor replaced on AC unit

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 was built 6 yrs ...
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What inspections/maintenance should be done before first air conditioning of summer?

I'm a typically handy guy who knows his limits. I recently moved into a new house so am unfamiliar with the history of the equipment. Before I switch the thermostat to A/C for the first time this ...
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Outside A/C Unit Keeps Running 30+ Minutes After Inside Unit Stops

I installed a new programmable thermostat back in December and it has been wonderful. It replaced a (probably) 50+ year old dial thermostat. To my question - now that it is really hot outside (85+ ...
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What components need to be changed when upgrading from R22 to R410a?

What equipment will change when I convert from R-22 to R-410A? I don't want to get rid of my current heater as it's a hydro-thermal unit that uses free heated/recycled hot water. Can I get away with ...
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Mini-split for cooling only (not heat) — do I need the outdoor part?

This is a very ignorant question, I know, but after reading several mini-split product descriptions I'm still confused. I already have an adequate heating system. I need air conditioning and ...
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Is this a thin window air conditioning unit?

I'm trying to put air conditioning in my master bedroom. It has a loft and hence high ceiling with around 500 sq ft + 350 (loft). It is also on the third floor which is pretty high. As far as I can ...
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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 to get A/C analog thermostat to have tighter hysteresis

I have three air conditioning units. The largest one cools my main room and has a nice digital thermostat that keeps things within plus or minus one degree Fahrenheit of the temperature I set (the ...
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One portable air conditioner - want to use it in two rooms

I have a Kenmore portable air conditioner model - 408.72012. this particular model can be housed on the outside of the building and the A/C air is vented into the inside space (normally through a ...
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Does a central A/C with copper lines that are too small cause compressor and diaphragm failure?

I have a 3 ton R410A A/C unit that is 8 years old and is using copper lines that are too small. Does this cause leaks, diaphragm failure, and compressor failure? The air was not blowing cold, so I ...
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How does low freon cause the compressor suction line to freeze up

There are many questions about air conditioner issues with the most common being that it isn't cooling properly. Among the typical answers are low Freon and the standard diagnosis for low Freon is ...
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Anyway to hack a portable AC unit to cool 2 rooms [duplicate]

I am looking to take a portable AC unit and hopefully run a tube through a wall in another room while still cooling the room the unit is located. I have searched to attachments that could help but ...
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Should I have a ceiling fan whose blades extend to the register?

Currently, the ceiling fan fixture and the 10x6 register are spaced by about 32" (~2 stud lengths). The room is about 350 sqft. Should we purchase a 70" ceiling fan so the blades extend out past the ...
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What should I use to seal the hole where my central air enters the house?

Wood foundation house with vinyl siding. The hole that was made to allow the lines for my central air conditioner to enter the house is basically wide open - the silicone/caulking that was around the ...
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My AC is set to 77F and the thermostat reaches that temperature but the AC keeps running. Why?

My AC is set to 77F and the thermostat reaches that temperature but the AC keeps running. What could be the causes for this? This is in connection with this post How long should it take to a 1.5 tons ...
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Air conditioner works in an outlet but not a timer

I have a wall unit air conditioner that works fine when I plug it into any outlet or power strip. However, when I plug it into a timer or a thermostat timer, which is then plugged into an outlet, the ...
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AC won't come on

We went to turn our air conditioner on in our house for the first time this summer and nothing. We can hear the thermostat "click" but no air comes out - even when set to "fan". If we switch it over ...
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Is it safe to put a window a/c unit over kitchen sink window?

Pretty self explanatory. I have a small window unit that would fit right over my kitchen sink window. About 2.25' of clearance above the counter top. Just thinking being near a water source may be ...
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Replacing a central a/c unit in northern Minnesota

I need to replace a central a/c unit in my northern Minnesota home. At most we cool a total of about 2 weeks annually. I am getting quotes from various installers and wonder, do I need to buy a name ...
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Portable air conditioner collecting water

My portable air conditioner is collecting water inside instead of sending the moisture out the exhaust pipe. It runs about an hour then shuts off and I have to empty it before I can turn it back on. ...
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Are HVAC Transformers Interchangable (if their power ratings match)

I'm troubleshooting the blower not starting in a friend's HVAC system. We think the issue is either a) a blown transformer, or b) the relay that controls the blower has blown. The next step is to ...
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Both A/C air handler and outside unit won't turn on

I went to turn on my A/C for the first time this year, and nothing happened. I checked power to both the air handler and outside unit...both at getting 220v going into the boards on each. I then ...
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Missing Remote. How do I control this Split Type Air Conditioner?

This is a long shot, but I'm open to fun ideas (Universal Remotes? A Raspberry Pi with some shield attachments that can be programmed to speak to this thing?) I'm in a rental unit where we have an ...
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AC Unit does not receive 24 volts on outside unit

My outside unit does not turn on itself, but it does work. I just did a quick repair just thinking it was the capacitor and it was only 15 dollars for a new one so I changed that out and still had the ...
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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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Can I increase the “constant on” speed of my air handler?

I have an American Standard TWE049E13CB air handler with a variable speed blower. The manual has a chart to adjust the dip switches for fan speeds for cooling, heating, fan off delay, and auxilary ...
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Can I unplug attic fan over garage

I recently moved into a new house and during the inspection, the inspector noted that there was a fan in the attic space above the garage. He also mentioned that I could probably just unplug it ...
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What are these valves downstream of my water heater?

Our water heater has two valves located on extended pipes perpendicular to the hot and cold water lines. When Spring hit, the maintenance people in my complex mentioned we needed to turn the valves ...
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Did I wire my Nest thermostat correctly?

I installed a Nest 3rd Gen thermostat in my house over the weekend, and am not 100% sure I did it correctly. It powers on, and air does come out, however the force of the air isn't strong as it used ...
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Improving air flow using supply and return exhaust fan with split type air condition

I have slight issue with uneven temperatures between two rooms. Say we have two rooms, Room 1 (cold room with AC) and Room 2( without AC, hotter room). Room 2 is ventilated by Room 1 AC by opening ...
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thermostat batteries replaced, AC unit won't start

Came home from work to find no AC. I checked the thermostat and the display was blank. After replacing the batteries and resetting the program, my AC unit never started up. I checked: - The AC unit (...
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Please help me choose an AC option

I rent an apartment in Anchorage, Alaska. In my 15 years in this state I have never even considered air conditioning, but this apartment gets beastly hot in the summer. It has huge windows facing ...
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Safe to install a 3 Ton HVAC with 8" ducting

I currently have a pretty old 2.5 ton HVAC installed and it broke down recently so I need to replace it. I've had a couple companies come out and give me bids and they both insist that I need to ...
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What is causing cracking and creaking noises in the ceiling and walls?

I've asked numerous people and no one has the slightest idea of what this can be. I'm hoping y'all can maybe come up with ideas to help figure this out. I moved to the condo three months ago. For ...