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Should I remove my air conditioner for the winter?

I have an air conditioner that sits in the window. Due to restrictions placed by my apartment managers, I was unable to install any external support. Instead there are 2 L-brackets that keep the air ...
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How can I install a window air conditioner and still allow the window to be opened?

I want to install a window based air conditioner but still allow for the ability to open the window when needed. I was thinking of using a piece of wood screwed into the window frame to support the ...
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Why does my air conditioner say not to shut it off and restart within 3 minutes?

My air conditioner says not to turn it off and then back on within 3 minutes. Why is that, and what will happen if I do?
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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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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 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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Should I add a return air vent in a refinished basement?

We are refinishing our basement, and are nearing competition. The walls are drywalled, and the ceiling is dropped. There will be about 500 sq ft of finished space, including a full bathroom, and ...
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Air handler for an AC in the attic collect about 1 cm of water in it before it is high enough to drain… problem?

My air handler in my attic won't drain water(because the hole is 1cm above the pan) until the water reaches that hole. Why is this setup this way. From what I have read, NO water should be in the ...
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Why does my outdoor AC unit make a screeching sound when it shuts off?

MY AC cools just fine. But when it cuts off, the loud screeching sound outside can be heard from far away. This only happens when the AC goes off. There are no other weird sounds, any other time. ...
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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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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 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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Can I replace my furnace's high limit switch with a comparable third-party part?

I have an older Lennox furnace. The high limit switch (#60T15,130F) has gone bad. I haven't been able to find on-line this part number with the exact temp limit specs, and Lennox no longer carries ...
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Low voltage fuse blowing in furnace

I have an outside A/C compressor and indoor furnace fan combo in the attic. The unit was off and the 3 amp fuse was blown. I replaced the fuse and used the thermostat to turn the fan on followed by ...
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Breaker lets more Amps then its max

The last few day's I had the main breaker triped a few times, I checked the amps with a multimeter and when the central air conditioner turns on it draws 150! amps for 1 second and then goes down to ...
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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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Why do the evaporator and suction lines freeze when there is low refrigerant?

In an AC, why does a low refrigerant condition cause the evaporator, and/or suction line, to freeze up?
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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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A/C not keeping up

So, the first warm-ish day of summer finally showed up in the Black Hills yesterday and I noticed that our central air conditioning was not really keeping up... the thermostat was set at 72, but the ...
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A/c makes the lights turn on and off! No Joke!

The lights on the first floor, upstairs bathroom and upstairs Laundry room won't work. The breakers did NOT pop The air conditioning was running this morning but is not working now. When the ...
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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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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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Must my new air conditioning unit be 3 feet from the wall (or positioned backward)?

My contractor installed this system yesterday, at my property: "Trane T4TTR6060C1000A RX16 5 TON XR16 A/C 16 SEER rating R410A". Everything is working fine. I just do not like aesthetically how he ...
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Can I pump down an Air Conditioner myself?

We are planning on having a new concrete patio poured in a couple of weeks and need to move our AC unit to make way for the slab. Is it possible for a layman to pump down the coolant and move the ...
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How to estimate if an old AC is worth replacing?

Have a window AC unit that's from 2001, here are the specs: Manufacturer: Kenmore VOLTS: 115 Cooling BTU/HR: 12500 Cooling AMPS: 11.6 Cooling WATTS: 1275 Cooling EER: 9.8 The average electricity ...
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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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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 a Heat pump / AC unit considered more or less effecient in hot states?

Just learned a house we purchased has a heat pump vs a traditional heater. The heat pump / AC unit configuration outside, blower inside. We live in the phoenix AZ area, and an efficient AC unit is ...
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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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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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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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Is an Ionizer Air Purifier effective against birch pollen?

I spot an Ionizer Air Purifier Air Cleaner Air Ionizer and I want to understand whether it could help to alleviate symptoms due to birch pollen particles such as itching, tiredness and shortness of ...
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Is this 230v motor wired for 115v operation

I have the following wiring diagram for the motor I am replacing. After looking at the wiring as shown here, I see one black and one purple wired to the terminals. There is a second set that is ...
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Can using a new evap coil on top of an older furnace cause problems?

I am getting quotes for a new R410A condenser unit/evaporator coil from several HVAC contractors. A salesperson refused to give me a quote unless I purchase a new furnace as well. He said that he has ...
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Compact width Window Air Conditioner

we would like to install a window air conditioner in our living room window. The window is quite narrow (18.5" wide). The room is fairly big, ~400sqft. We would like to install a 10000 BTU window AC ...
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While vacationing, is it worth augmenting AC with a dehumifier?

Per Does running a dehumidifier with an AC unit save money?, I understand that while a house is occupied, it doesn't make sense to run both an AC unit at normalish temperatures (maybe 75), and a ...
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Is this HVAC capacitor dead?

HVAC system stopped blowing cold air today. Last time it did this, we gave it a 2-3 hour break, in case it was over-heated, and it came back. Today, same deal, but no cold air after a few hours. I ...
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Combine evaporative cooling with ventilation to increase efficiency of temperature equalization?

We live in San Francisco, which is not known for high temperatures. But our apartment is on the third floor and we get a ton of direct sunlight through our 5'x8' windows. We open the windows enough to ...
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Furnace filter inserted backwards, will this cause permanent damage?

Just found out that my wife changed the last furnace filter and inserted it backwards. This was noticed after the ac was not cooling the house very well. I went outside and noticed that the coil ...
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What are the external airflow requirements for portable and window AC units?

I have a window well in a basement where I'd like to setup a portable AC unit (~10000 BTUs). There is a cover that I need to keep in place to avoid water collecting in the window well, but I could ...
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How to repair leaking blower / air exchanger in attic?

Earlier this summer I went up into my attic to retrieve something, and was surprised to feel a cool draft. I discovered that a gap had developed between two portions of the big metal box that ...
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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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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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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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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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How is the Air Conditioning wiring supposed to connect to my furnace?

My dog has chewed through my wires on my unit that turn on my fan at the ac unit. This is not the first time. Its always been an easy fix until now. He actuall pulled the wire from the unit and I ...
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Air purfier to save on air conditionig?

We have to renovate an apartment on a low floor in a busy area and an expert advised us to install an air purifier system. He said that these tools are beyond the relief they are entitled to air ...
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A/C tune-up: “Condenser fan motor drawing high amperage”

A local A/C company was offering a deal on a home heating/cooling "check-up". I've never worked with this particular company before, and I've had some bad experiences in the past (different home, ...
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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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Can I vent a portable airco exhaust in the wall cavity?

I'm renting an appartment in a small appartment block, which got very hot last summer, and very moist in winter when hanging our laundry. The obvious solution would be to place a protable airco unit,...