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How can I install an air conditioner in a window with a very deep exterior ledge?

Our NYC apartment building has very deep exterior ledges, extending around a foot beyond the window, but 2-3" below the window frame, so a window AC can't rest flat on it. How do we appropriately ...
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My AC unit won't blow cold

So, I was changing a light switch and flipping circuit breakers to find the correct one. I accidentally flipped my AC circuit breaker off and then back on. After this I noticed the AC wasn't blowing ...
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Is it necessary to replace a furnace when replacing the air conditioner?

When replacing a central Air Conditioner is it also necessary to replace the furnace,which is part of a forced air system. Thanks
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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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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,...
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What is causing this air-conditioning unit to cool on cold days?

This is a temperature log from a reverse cycle air conditioning system that has run fine for getting on for 30 years. It has suddenly started to blast out cold air on days when it should be heating. ...
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Should I run my condensate pump after pouring bleach water into it for cleaning?

After I add the 50-50 mix of bleach water to the condensate pump to clear out the algae, do I add water to the pump? On top of the condensate pump it says "do not run dry" so I was wondering do I need ...
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Good replacement actuator?

I have 2 Belimo actuators that control dampers for A/C ducts in my house that the motor has gone bad on. I can't find much info about the model "LM24-T US" so I think it has been discontinued. I ...
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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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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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Water falling on top of central AC

So I have an AC unit outside my room onto which a whole bunch of water falls from straight from the gutter. Will this ruin the unit? Also, it makes A LOT of noise. What would be the best way to dampen ...
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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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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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What could be causing my air conditioner to make a humming sound?

I have an air conditioner that has an in-floor intake. When the heat pump turns on, there is a fairly loud humming that comes from the intake. If I step in certain places around the intake the ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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Are BTU's only calculated using square feet?

I'm building a 16'x20' storage building with a barn roof, so it's pretty much a 2 story area. Will I calculate the BTU's using 320 sq.ft. for my window unit?
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Is it OK to have an air conditioning vent above a kitchen cabinet?

We're getting proposals to add central air conditioning to our house. We currently have no ductwork so adding ducts and vents is part of the project. One possible duct location is on the ceiling over ...
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Can I unplug attic fan over garage

I recently moved into a new house and during the inspection, the inspector noted that there was a fan in the attic space above the garage. He also mentioned that I could probably just unplug it ...
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What's the difference between BTU and CFM when comparing air conditioners?

I'm looking at GE in-window air conditioners. Based on research and room size I've determined a 10,000BTU unit will be best. My next concern is the loudness of the machine. This led me to two ...
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HVAC Contractor Didn't Install Drip Pan

I recently got the A/C unit and furnace in my basement replaced. When the company came out to do the quote, they stated that they thought I should have a drip pan, and the proposal that they gave me ...
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How to remove old A/C piping in my house?

When I had my new A/C installed I moved it to the other side of my house (right next to the furnace), so now I have a bunch of old copper piping running about 30 feet from one corner of my house to ...
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Why is humidity high from one unit but not the other?

Two months ago, I posted about our upstairs a/c not cooling all of a sudden. I ended up replacing the capacitor for the blower fan and the contactor, which did the trick. AC cools!!! However since ...
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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How can I improve my ventilation throughout my house?

I just bought my house and it stays rather cool. However I've found while painting that the flow of air through the house is limited. My vents are all on the base board/wall if you can imagine. Not ...
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Why would a blower motor work with A/C, but burn out with furnace?

I've gone through 2 blower motors since I purchased the home 3 yrs ago. I never have an issue with the blower when the AC runs; but it keeps dying in the winter with the furnace. I've had 2 HVAC ...
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Why won't my air conditioner work after a power outtage?

The air conditioner does not work at all. I'm wondering if it's a power problem? The thermostat isn't even on and doesn't show a temperature. Before it stopped working the power had gone out due to ...
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How can I vent a portable A/C unit through bars on a window?

I need a way to fit the vent from my portable a/c unit through the bars on my window. The window bars are installed for security purposes and the average hose is way too wide. Any suggestions?
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How do I properly size a 120v inline power relay to control a small air conditioner with my home automation system?

I have a 5,000 BTU, 115 volt, 4.8 amp, window-unit air conditioner I'd like to control from my home automation system. I think easiest thing to do would be to plug the unit into an inline rely module ...
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heat pump/air conditioning wiring to thermostat

We decided to change the thermostat of our heat pump/air conditionnning unit. First 3 images are the old unit. The first 3 wires(1 and 2 picture) yellow red orange were not connected to anything, just ...
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Appropriate register for duct size?

So I asked a long-winded version of this question in another thread, but haven't really received any good responses yet. I'm going to condense and try again... There is an 8" duct feeding a 6x12 ...
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Is my HVAC system unbalanced?

I bought a home back in August and the previous owner had a new 3-ton HVAC system installed. Basically right now the HVAC is located in the upstairs hallway, and the way the duct is set up is there ...
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How do I connect a 24v air purifier to hvac?

I have a MicroPure MX4 that the previous homeowner left behind new in the box. This is a 24v unit and needs to be hardwired. My question is can I connect the two wires to the terminal where the ...
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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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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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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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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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Hot water heating system: Renew or replace?

Our home was built around 1963 and has Gas powered Hot water based heating, some portion of the house is floor heated and some with radiators emitting heat from hot water. The heater may be 10-12 ...
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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 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 ...
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How often should “self clean” and “allergen clean” functions be used in an air conditioner?

Some air conditioners, for example Mitsubishi heavy industries SRK20ZJ-S have "self clean" and "allergen clean" functions. First takes 2 hours to complete, latter 1.5 hours. How often should they be ...
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Is a single ductless HVAC system more efficient than two smaller ductless systems?

I have an 809 sq ft stand-alone room with concrete slab and block walls that needs to have AC and heat. We have windows on all sides, 8' ceilings, and live in Florida. The room will be used as a dog ...
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How to choose a good brand of heat pump? [closed]

I'm going to be installing a couple of heat pumps in my house mainly for cooling in the summer (I'm in the UK, and our summers are getting hotter). As far as I can tell there are several major ...