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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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Keep finding thermostat on heat

On multiple occasions now, I have noticed odd things going on with my HVAC system, only to go to the thermostat and find that it has been set to heat! This happened once in the middle of summer, when ...
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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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Is this mold on my AC vent?

I went to close the AC vent in the apartment we're renting and saw this. Is this mold or just many years of dust buildup? If it is mold, can I safely just remove the vent and wash it?
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Lint when running AC

There seems to be a lot of lint when I run my AC unit. I have recently replaced the filter and made sure that the filter is put in correctly. What could be the issue?
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90% Humididty @ 23 Celsius direct from Air Conditioning Outlet

I have a mold problem in my apartment, in certain areas there is condensation. I believe I have traced this to the air conditioning, in the apartment the humidity will vary from 60% to 85% RH at a ...
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Should my A/C compressor come on when I turn only the fan on?

I have a bog standard HVAC system with a Nest thermostat. When I tell the theromostat to turn the fan on for 15 minutes the A/C compressor also kicks on. Is this normal?
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New condenser fan motor burned out

AC technician replaced my condenser fan (through a home warranty service). The new fan worked for 5 min and stopped working after that. the fan motor was extremely hot (180F or more) The old fan motor ...
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AC Blower Relay

I have a question? How much current does it typically take to close the blower relay on a air handler. I recently got a new thermostat which requires an external transformer and it doesn't appear to ...
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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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How to install a 4-wire a/c & fan thermostat with only 3 wires

My home currently has a central a/c unit which is controlled from an 3-wire old mercury switch thermostat. I want to replace it with a newer Honeywell that requires 4 wires. The existing thermostat ...
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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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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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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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A/C Unit Has Leaking, Has Ice Buildup

Came home yesterday to find that the house was burning up and the thermostat had automatically switched itself to heat... in the summer! We didn't know what was going on, and assumed some sort of ...
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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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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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What could cause a condensing units fan to stop working?

My AC unit fan stopped working suddenly. I tested the 3 pole condenser (capacitor) and the it looks OK ( 45 uf , 5 uf is what is mentioned in the spec of capacitor). I tested the resistance in the the ...
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Air conditioner that keeps turning off

My air conditioner unit outside keeps on turning off and the fan in the house keeps on running. When I switch the circuit breaker off, then on the outside unit works again. Do you know what might ...
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Inverter air-conditioning units or non-inverter air-conditioning units?

I want to purchase new 8-9 units of air-conditioning for my new house. For the hall, kitchen and all the bedrooms. Some people say inverter air-conditioning is only suitable if you are using more ...
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Can I redirect airflow from AC to under the house?

I have a small 950 sq ft single floor house, with a crawl space and force air heating. I have a portable Air Conditioner that has a large Intake and Exhuast tube. The issue is that none of the ...
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Covering Up A Large Gap In A Wall

I was looking for advice on how could i create a partition between my two rooms which have a huge frame in between them. The place was originally covered by curtains but putting up curtains on the ...
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Air Conditioner woes: water pooling in basement, condensation on ducts, frost on outdoor copper pipe

Can someone help diagnose what's wrong with my air conditioner? The symptoms are: the air that it is blowing is not very cold It's colder than the ambient air, but not cold enough to cool the ...
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Is this pipe layout acceptable?

We recently had our heater and air conditioner replaced, and now the drainage pipe is installed on the floor of the basement. It's quite annoying and it wasn't like that before (it was on the walls ...
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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 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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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?

I have a split A/C system in a room that runs on low 24 hours a day during Summer that unfortunately cannot be connected to any drain or pipe and which therefore requires a bucket outside to be used ...
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How do I connect original to new wiring when repairing an electrical fault in an AC unit?

The AC failed at a neighbor's house and the problem was quickly diagnosed as electrical. I saw that a few of the wires had corroded and one had actually burnt through. The unit is only 5-6 years ...
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AC unit (turned on year round) leaves so much ice in the blower causing no cooling (pic included)

My mother has asthma and tells me she needs the AC on almost year round. The AC unit is outside the condo we own, and it connects to the coils in the heater/ventilation system. We are experiencing ...
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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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Window unit AC installation in narrow window

My apartment has double hung windows, but they are quite narrow (~19.5 inches at the screen, 22 inches at the opening). I'm currently using a portable air conditioner, but I'd really like to use a ...
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cooking on a hot&humid day

I have 2 window air conditioners in my house. None of them seem to have a setting to bring in (a little bit of?) fresh air. When we cook, the house becomes a bit smokey. Also, the vapors of freshly ...
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On the number and shape of my swamp cooler motor cord terminals

As I understand it, most three prong electrical chords are have a hot wire, ground, and neutral terminals (for extra precautions). My swamp cooler motor cord has four prongs as shown here: What is ...
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Is it a bad idea to cool a room on the second floor by pumping air from the basement?

In the basement, we have a temperature of 17 Celsius in summer time. On the 2nd floor it's about 28 Celsius. I thought of transporting the cool air to the 2nd floor, by attaching flexible tubes ...
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How should I evaluate my central A/C to see if it's working properly?

I was once told by a service tech that they evaluate how well the system is performing based on temperature difference between the the return and supply sides. On our first really warm day (80F+), I ...
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How to insulate this portion of split AC Pipe?

I bought a new Hitachi split AC lately which isn't cooling as much I was expecting. I checked for leaks/bad installation and found this. (This is connection point of external pipe and pipe which ...
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Is a little ice on the cooling coils ok?

This is our first summer in a new house which has central air. It was a bit hotter today than normal so the AC was running for a long time. After awhile we noticed the airflow stopped because the ...
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Cut cord on window A/C

I have a window A/C unit mounted through a hole in the wall. It's bolted in place, so fairly permanent. It has a 6ft power cord with what looks like a GFI on the end. I think the cord is ugly, so I'd ...
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Is it beneficial to point a fan at the intake of a portable air conditioner?

Unfortunately for the time being, my whole first floor is cooled by a single portable air conditioner and "cleverly" (if that word can even be used here...) placed fans to help move the cool air ...
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Dust reduction and removal?

I have a room with west facing windows (I dont think the direction bears any importance to this question), but for some reason this room seems to accumulate dust on surfaces a lot faster than other ...
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What could be causing our air conditioner circuit breaker to keep tripping?

Our air conditioner circuit breaker marked "AC", is tripping frequently after the AC unit works for a while. Sometimes as long as an hour or more and, sometimes as short as few minutes. We were told ...
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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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Acceptable to install whole-house evaporative cooler with only a single supply vent?

My new house has a 20+ year old evaporative cooler on top of the roof. The cooler is ancient and rusted, difficult to service due to the location, and the forced air heating ductwork it feeds into is ...
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Increase airflow central air

I have central air in my home and the majority of the house gets really cold with no problem. However, my master bedroom has a washer/dryer & I typically use my laptop for leisure. With that ...
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What to do about different rooms in the house being a completely different temperature?

I moved into a 30 year old home last December. There is a problem with the HVAC. I have included a very crude drawing of the floor plan The problem is that I can't maintain a comfortable ...
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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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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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Single phase vs three phase commercial air-conditioning

I have a building in which I am going to replace 9 3ton units. There is 3 phase in now but my tech suggests single phase. My clients pay for their own electricity. These machines have been in service ...
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What steps are required to convert R-22 Freon to a new R-410A Puron system?

I am house hunting in Houston. Every 2000-2004 house we've seen so far uses old A/C Unit and coils for R-22 Freon and not the newer R-410A Puron. Reference: http://www.ac-heatingconnect.com/whats-...