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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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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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What could be wrong with my A/C unit?

I just installed a new compressor fan on my outdoor A/C unit. Before the fan went bad, it was working fine and had just had its annual service check (the service guy said the freon was fine, ...
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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 do I install an air conditioner in a larger window?

I have a brand new AC in the box which was meant for another room, but recently had a baby and her room is too hot. I want to use the AC I already purchased, but the max window width is 36" and the ...
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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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How can I prevent water from collecting near the blower fan blades of a portable air conditioner?

I have a GE portable Air Conditioner (APH10AA). It's about 10 years old (I guess; we got it used). It works good (blows cold air), but in the last year or two it's regularly been getting water ...
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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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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 safely install a window AC unit?

I have a standard air conditioner. I have just dropped it into the window and slammed the window closed. I am just a bit concerned that If there were high winds or an earthquake the unit could drop ...
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Can I plug an air conditioner and a chest freezer into the same outlet?

I have a Gibson/Frigidaire through the wall AC unit plugged into a dedicated 3-prong outlet in my a room of my apartment. I'd like to put a chest freezer in my office for homebrewed beer. Is it safe ...
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Why isn't my heat pump system kicking out cool air this year?

I have a Carrier heat pump/air handler system (looks pretty old) with a honeywell T-stat (looks pretty new) and I am not getting cool air. Heat worked all winter, but I have used it in at least a ...
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How can I improve hvac air flow to my attic?

Two years ago I converted the attic of my 1.5 story house into a livable space. It had no HVAC ducts going up, so I ran some coming from the basement where the furnace is. Air flow to the attic via ...
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Is there a filter-reminder thermostat that uses run-time instead of total time?

My HVAC filter is in my crawlspace and is a hassle to change. I don't want to change it more than needed. "Change it every month" is bogus advice because in some months (like May) we don't have to run ...
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Is there a through-the-wall A/C that works with external thermostats?

Our two-story A-frame house only has duct-work downstairs in the crawl-space, with vents in the floor. It gets quite hot upstairs during the summer, but because the square footage of the upper floor ...
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How to get rid of a few mosquitoes/gnats that constantly sneak in?

I live in an older house, a duplex. I constantly see a few mosquitoes or gnats sneaking in and biting me at night. It's really annoying. It is mainly on the bottom floor, where the A/C vents go to the ...
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How much less power does a three-phase A\C unit use as apposed to a 220v 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 can I install a window air conditioner in a metal window frame?

I'm trying to install a window unit air conditioner, but most of the installation instructions don't seem to work with this window configuration. A little bit about the setup: The apartment is the ...
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How can I determine why my A/C runs all day?

I have a Bryant AC/Furnace unit. My house is 10 years old. A heat wave hit this weekend & temps got up to 95°F outside. I had my thermostat set to 75°, and it ran all day. The ...
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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 ...