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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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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 ...
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What are the recommended settings for a dual-zone air conditioning unit?

What are the recommended settings for an air conditioning unit that is dual-zone? Meaning, if I have a house that is two stories I know that in Florida they recommend you keep it at 78 F in the summer ...
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Can I use a swamp cooler to cool an AC unit's condenser?

Swamp coolers work great and use a fraction of the electricity of an air conditioner in a dry climate with little humidity (like Phoenix) but there are downsides like mold and, well, everything feels ...
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Assuming you can go either way, is it better to install a Multi-split or multiple Split Air Conditioners?

For 2 bedrooms and 1 living room, and assuming you have the flexibility for both options and the total output is the same, is it better to install a Multi-Split 3x1 Air Con System (3 interior units / ...
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How to efficiently circulate air to keep room cool?

I live in Indonesia and I have an apartment with a 6.7 x 5m room, which contains a dining table and a couch. In this room are two 1.5PK (13,000 BTU) AC units on the same side of room nearer to 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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Why is my AC blowing from this pipe and freezing up periodically?

I looked under my mobile home and found a hose coming from the flooring. It is blowing cold air out, and it also looks like water has been dripping out. I think that this is normal, but why is all ...
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Central air conditioner electrical disconnect amperage

My HVAC guy is telling me I need a 25 amp breaker and a 25 amp disconnect for my soon-to-be-installed central air compressor. I've asked him for more details but he's less than forthcoming. My ...
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How can I further diagnose my central air conditioning compressor fan motor and capacitor?

I have a 15 year old Bryant Central Air unit in my house. Yesterday it stopped working. Here is what I have checked. The breaker in the basement is not tripped. The furnace works fine from the ...
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Is my heat pump's condenser fan motor bad? [duplicate]

The other day my AC stopped working. I'm thinking the condenser fan motor has gone bad (unit is ~10 years old). Here is what I did to troubleshoot which led me to believe it was the fan motor. ...
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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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Is it OK for air conditioning condensation to drip right next to the house?

Our house has a 3/4" PVC pipe coming out the side which drains condensation from the central air conditioning. It drips at what seems like a normal rate. Taking a wild guess, I'd say a gallon per day. ...
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Using Window AC as Wall AC

I just moved into a new apartment and they have a 25"x 15" pre-built wall sleeve for a wall AC unit. Not knowing the difference, I purchased the extravagantly less expensive window AC unit that has ...
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How can I reduce heat transfer around my window unit air conditioners?

I have three old window units in my house and they function as my A/C. I am concerned about the amount of heat seeping into the house and cool air leaking out around the A/C units themselves. They're ...
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A/C Condensation from duct getting into drywall

My A/C unit has ducts that run to the second floor, into the attic, to feed some ceiling vents. Today, after several days of brutal humidity, I noticed paint blistering, and in one spot bursting, ...
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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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How can I prevent my clothes dryer door from fogging up?

When I turn the air conditioning on in my house, the inside of the window in the clothes dryer door fogs up. Also, if clothes are left in the dryer, they become slightly damp again. How can I prevent ...
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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 ...
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What would cause a hardwired smoke alarm to give one short beep when appliances are turned on?

I have hard wired smoke detectors. I've noticed that when I plug my tablet into a power strip connected to an outlet in my living room it caused the upstairs detector to emit a quick beep. I now ...
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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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How do I reduce how much the sun heats up a front room of my house?

My office room is in the front of the house and facing south. It gets hot very fast during hot days (even in spring). It is a fairly small room and I have computers there attributing to heat. There's ...
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How can I insulate and elevate an A/C line set on a flat rubber roof?

The Scenario An apartment building with a flat black rubber roof. The A/C condenser is on a platform on the roof with an air handler inside the unit. The line set runs across the roof for about 20 ...
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How do I maximize light gain and minimize heat gain for my glass wall?

How to get maximum benefit of daylight while optimizing air-conditioner benefit for a glass wall (currently) of size 11' * 8' (total 88 square feet exposed). Facts: The glass wall never gets direct ...
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Why do my lights dim, when my neighbor's central AC turns on?

I understand that the lights would dim with a dryer or large AC on my own circuit system, but is it normal for that to happen when my neighbor's central AC turns on? I validated the timing (hearing ...
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Is it OK to leave window opened and air conditioner ON (cooling) at night?

At night temperature outside is usually lower than temperature set on AC. So looks like conditioned air should not leak outside (if it does, it is replaced with even colder air) and it is fine to ...
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Can I power my air conditioning with solar energy?

In my house I have 3 small air conditioning systems running at 8000 BTU/hour each. I would like to power them with solar energy. I found that I would have to generate: 3.41 BTU/hr = 1 Watt 8000 ...
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What could be causing this leaky evaporator problem?

My apologizes if I do not know the correct terminology for some of the parts. I will try my best though. We have a Trane A/C system that is causing us a headache. It is causing water damage in our ...
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Does reverse-cycle airconditioning in heating mode dry the air?

I understand that when cooling, an AC unit condenses water vapour from the room, and results in dehumidified or drier air than outside. When in heating mode, I would expect this not to happen, as the ...
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What type of air conditioner can bring in outside air?

Car air conditioners usually have the option to choose circulate on/off. What about house air conditioners? For instance, does a window air conditioner exchange air inside and outside the house?
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How can I replace an air conditioning thermostat?

I have ducted air conditioner with a control panel in both bedrooms and the living area that only has a thermostat. Is it possible to replace each of these easily (and inexpensively) with a timer to ...