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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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What type of air conditioner to look for

I'm looking for a portable air conditioner that can be moved from room to room. But the key thing I want is one that does not use a condensation tank. I know they exist because I have seen one. It ...
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How do I determine if adding an air conditioner will overload a circuit?

I'm going to take advantage of some Memorial Day sales and pull the trigger on a portable AC unit for my "basement-ish" (bottom of windowsill is mid chest, rather than head height) apartment. Before ...
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How do I properly size an air conditioner for a very sunny room?

I'm trying to size a window air conditioner for a room, but having trouble deciding if the usual guidelines are a good fit. The room in question is about 230 sq. feet, and does not have full 8 foot ...
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Do two 5k BTU air conditioners produce the same cooling power as one 10k BTU unit?

Could you interchange 10k BTU air conditioner with 2 5k BTU air conditioner and get the same result? Or is there a reason why buying one 10k BTU air conditioner is better than having 2 5k BTU air ...
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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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HVAC unit won't come on

This morning I noticed that my main floor wasn't cooling. I found the condensation pump full ( little giant model VCMA-15ULS ). I disconnected the hose from the unit to the pump, drained it, dumped ...
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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 can I protect A/C condenser wires?

I bought a replacement condenser fan motor for my outdoor A/C unit. The old unit was CW direction only. This one is CW/CCW and has 4 wires stick out of the side that change direction depending on how ...
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A/C system reports Limit Switch Stuck Open

Unit is a York GM9S080B12UP11G. When switching thermostat to cool, the system activates the compressor fan. Also, I can hear gases moving through the pipes running to the compressor. However, the ...
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How can I extend this concrete pad?

So the wedge shaped concrete pad thats right up against the house; April 17th, we're having air conditioning installed before it gets to hot out. According to the installer, the unit will fit on the ...
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AC Unit Blow Warm Air Indoor But Colder Air Outdoor

I have two AC Units. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. The upstairs one works just fine but not the downstairs. So, i did a test by turning both units on and went outside to compare the two ...
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When I set the thermostat to X degrees, is that the temperature at which air is pushed out through the vents?

My hunch is that most ac units aren't that sophisticated, and they just pump air that is "cold enough" or "hot enough" and pump it until temperature rises to the specified value. Is that right?
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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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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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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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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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How can I prevent heat loss through heater/air conditioner wall units?

HVAC experts out there... I live in Wisconsin and it gets mighty cold here! I have a condo with 2 wall units that are used for both air conditioning and heat. My heat bill in the cold winter months ...
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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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How do I replace an A/C diffuser attached to flex duct?

Our house has central air, with the air distributed via flex ducts around the house. On the second floor, the diffusers have baffles behind them that can be closed when the system is not in use, but ...
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Why don't programmable thermostats automatically switch between “Cool” and “Heat”?

While I can set my house to be a particular temperature, I still have to manually switch it between "Heat" and "Cool" mode, and this seems to be true of every thermostat (programmable or not) that ...
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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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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 I use to repair a crack in a plastic AC Condenser Drip pan?

I've currently got an oldish furnace (early '90s Lennox), with an A/C system. The blower motor burnt up on me last week, and I just had it replaced. It turns out that the reason for the motor going, ...
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What's the most common cause of A/C refrigerant lines freezing?

I noticed my house wasn't getting under 75°F this weekend when I had the thermostat set for 70°F. Since I'd done a lot of drywall sanding inside recently, my first idea was to replace the filthy air ...
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Why does power loss leave my split/ductless AC unit inoperable for hours or days? [closed]

I've got an LG Ductless 12000 BTU unit that does the most annoying thing.. It is wired into a semi-standard (one of the prongs is sideways) 15A or 20A (can't recall) GFCI outlet inside - and if the ...
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Is a combined AC/Dehumidifer unit more efficient than separate units?

I've just moved into a "basement-ish" apartment; the actual ground level is about at my waist. It's a bit mustier than I'd hoped, and not as cool as I'd like during these closing days of Summer. I'm ...
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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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Besides insulation and air conditioning unit, what else is there to check if my A/C isn't keeping me cool?

I live in an apartment home where the indoor temperature has risen to above 80 degrees Fahrenheit daily for the past two months. The outdoor temperature regularly reaches 100 degrees and the weather ...
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How can I determine which MERV filters would be best for my air handler?

I have a Carrier 3.5 ton, 1/2HP air handler (Model Number:fc4bnf042). I have been using MERV 13 a/c filters for a few years now because my son has allergies. I recently discovered that the higher ...
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What is a safe maximum temperature for an unused part of the house?

We barely use our upstairs so I don't really care how hot it gets. Except, I don't want to cause damage to the house. Considering Texas summers are easily in the 110s °F nowadays, how high can I ...
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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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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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AC Coolant pipe has condensation and leaks inside wall

I've got an old AC unit (probably 13+ years old) that came with the house that I bought. This summer I noticed some water damage on the drywall in the basement, so I cut the damaged drywall away, and ...
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What should be cleaned or examined after an air conditioner drain pipe leak?

The other day, we found some water on the floor in our utility room. After some research and investigation, we discovered that the drain pipe from the central air unit was blocked. We were able to use ...
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Does building insulation wear out and have to be replaced?

First, a little back-story. I've been having trouble with the air-conditioning system in my south-Texas apartment home for almost two months so far this summer. The apartment manager has been ...
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Why aren't Geothermal heat pumps more common?

Air conditioning and heating are major energy consumers in American buildings - commercial, residential, and industrial. I have been curious for a while as to why it isn't more common to use the ...
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Apartment cooling with fans

I've just moved into an apartment without an air conditioner in Sunnyvale, California. The weather is not too hot, but there are going to be some pretty warm days in the summer, especially since I'm ...
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What to do about a gas leak on my air conditioner?

I have an air conditioner that displays an error of gas leakage on the board. What should I do? Shall I turn it off? It is dangerous?
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A/C escaping down the staircase

I live on the second floor of a century-old house that doesn't have central air. We have a large window A/C unit in the main hall but our front door is at the bottom of the stairs rather than the top. ...
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AC in the attic affects downstairs but not upstairs

We have one AC unit (roughly 1 year old) connected to two zones: Zone 1 is upstairs and Zone 2 is downstairs. Yesterday, our AC seemed to completely stop working for the upstairs but continue to work ...
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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 do I install a portable air conditioning unit in a large sliding window?

I have a large sliding window that is 53 inches top to bottom and I want to install a portable air conditioning unit. The kind that don't sit in the windows but vent to the window. The window ...
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Air deflectors on floor registers and cooling efficiency

I was once told by an HVAC technician to avoid using air deflectors on floor registers during the summer. The reason was that the last thing you want to do is to direct the heavier, colder air ...
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Where to buy plastic (temporary) air ducting in the UK?

Does anyone know somewhere (ideally online) I can buy plastic air ducting? The stuff I'm talking about is what they used on Mythbusters to make that helium 'airship'. It's just a large diameter tube ...
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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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Furnace Airflow

I have central air. When the furnace comes on, we can feel air coming out of the registers for a few minutes, then the airflow stops. If we turn it off for a few hours, we can turn it on again and get ...
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Is there any alternate of conventional Air Conditioner?

Is there any alternate of conventional Air Conditioner, which are costly and increasing green house effect?
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Is it possible to override building-wide air-conditioning settings?

I live in an apartment building (high rise). The ac is off and they won't turn it on for another month!! Meanwhile it is 90f inside and I can't sleep!! Is it possible to overide? We do have a unit in ...
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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 ...