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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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AC not cooling using heat pump

I just bought a house and this is my first experience with using a heat pump. I have put in several hours of research and understand how it works but I need someone that has experience to give me some ...
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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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Should there be a cap next to my furnace ac drain?

In the picture below, the left side has a good amount of airflow while the ac/blower is running. The tube on the right is the drain that the condensation flows out of to the floor. Should there be a ...
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How to install a window ac in a room with improper window provision

I have a window ac that I used it earlier. Recently shifted my premises and my bed room has a window with two wood doors that open oppositely and a lengthy wood stick in the middle. Window is ...
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How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?

I have an AC unit with the following specs: Cooling Capacity: 1260 kcal/h, 1.47kW, 5000 Btu/h Fan Motor Power: 0.034 kW Current: 0.155 A My question is how much power does this unit actually ...
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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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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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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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Why do my lights dim, when my neighbor's central AC turns on?

I understand that the lights would dim with a dryer or large AC on my own circuit system, but is it normal for that to happen when my neighbor's central AC turns on? I validated the timing (hearing ...
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Will a modern AC automatically switch between cooling and heating?

Say I set the temp to 23C on a hot day but the weather turns cold eventually. Will it detect later that autumn came and heating is needed? I'm talking about a Panasonic inverter AC.
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Older home with no AC plenum…replace our entire AC system as suggested?

We have an older home that has a large living-area/fireplace room; the AC unit sits over it in the attic. Earlier this year, in that room, we noticed a crack beginning to form in the ceiling sheet ...
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One portable air conditioner - want to use it in two rooms

I have a Kenmore portable air conditioner model - 408.72012. this particular model can be housed on the outside of the building and the A/C air is vented into the inside space (normally through a ...
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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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Should I add a return or another supply to a large room with only one supply?

I just moved into a new house and I have that one room that always seems to be hot. It's on the 2nd floor of the house with the attic over it. The other 2 rooms on the 2nd floor are always a nice ...
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Issues after capacitor replaced on AC unite

Had a checkup on my AC/ furnace a couple weeks ago. The technician said the capacitor leaking oil and not pulling enough amps. He recommended me getting a whole new system. (my house built 6 yrs ago) ...
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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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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 cut a hole in the brick to install a through the wall air conditioner in a basement?

I am looking to install a through the wall air conditioner in the basement. I don't want to block the one window. There is already a window in the brick. I don't know if there is any kind of ...
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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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Is it possible to plug an AC into a kitchen stove hood exhaust?

I live in an apartment and need to install air conditioning to cool down one room (about 20 m2), from time to time (1-3 hours per sunny day, for a total of 3 or 4 months a year - typical European ...
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Can I replace this Airwell thermostat?

I am in market to replace my simple A/C control unit with one that integrates with home my z-wave based home automation system. However, before I make the splash and buy a compatible thermostat, I ...
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Furnace not working

I came home to my furnace having no power even to show trouble codes. I turned off my breaker opened the blower door and it had a blown 5 amp fuse on the curcuit board. I replaced the fuse turned the ...
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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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Split AC installation: Need for a Vacuum Pump & Nitrogen cylinder

I bought a new Split AC (1 ton, LG made) and the company sent home a technician to install the unit. The guy arrived and took measurements and I quizzed him a bit about his kit and strangely it ...
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Non-Permanent Air Conditioner for Townhomes

I own my in townhome and my HOA specifies that I cannot have a through-wall or otherwise permanent air-conditioner. Additionally that window mounted units must be removed sometime in October. However ...
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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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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 fan not turning on. It's silent

Replaced the capacitor 2 weeks ago because AC (Lennox) outside fan was not running, blowing in warm air. And the unit started working. Then again yesterday (95F outside) same thing. Replaced the ...
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Rheem Heat Pump A/C Mode Delay Cycle In Hot Weather

I have a Rheem 15PJL48A01 heat pump which has been working correctly for years, and is maintained properly. It is hot here currently and so it is operating in cooling mode. Yesterday and today, it ...
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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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Is the huge white metal grille on a ceiling called a “cassette AC”. Is it supposed to be noisy?

I am looking to buy a house, but i'm worried about the AC noise. It has the compressor outside the house. The evaporator coil is inside the attic on top of the furnace. This attic is above the ...
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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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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 does AC unit need condensation drain trap?

I am modifying the drain pipe that drains my inside AC unit. When I purchased the home, there was an electric drain pump tied to the unit. Upon investigating why the unit needed one I found a pipe in ...
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Leacky AC Evaporator

We just moved into our new place. So many new things need to learn. Just like the problematic AC. My apologizes if I do not know the correct terminology for some of the parts. I will try my best ...
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Air Conditioner Can't Keep up

We just rented a condo and our A/C cannot keep up so it will run almost constantly. It can't even keep the temperature constant, it will creep up into the 80s even while running. I measured the ...
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Air conditioner never seems to shut off

My air conditioner when left on never seems to shut off. Even during the night when it substantially cools down it still seems to run all night. I live in Ottawa, Ontario and for example tonight the ...
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Why won't my AC system turn off after I flipped the breaker?

We've got a central cooling air conditioner that was installed in 1984 with a thermostat from that same year. We are replacing the thermostat with a new programmable one (which has a 100% ...
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How much cooling can I expect from a central air conditioner?

Yesterday's high was 106.0F, low of 79.2F, full sun all day. AC set at 78F, indoor temperature reached about 85F. Today's high was 105.4F, low of 81.1F, full sun all day, now about 102 at 7pm. AC ...
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Does an outdoor AC condenser unit (Heat Pump) require lubrication? Pic included

I have been in my house for 11 years now and every 3 or 4 years I have been taking the lid off my condenser unit and lubricating it. I just don’t know if I am even supposed to do this, but it make ...
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Breaker for compressor tripping when a/c reaching stage 2

My breaker for the compressor is tripping when my a/c is switching to stage2 in very hot weather. Is there anyone who can give me the steps to troubleshoot this issue?
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Is air conditioner installation a DIY project?

We got a bargain on a brand new 6.2kw Split System Inverter Air Conditioner. The quotes we've received for installation are almost as much as the unit cost itself. Is this something I should be ...
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All outlets on one 15-amp circuit, need AC unit

The central AC in our apartment is not working effectively in the summer; we are running the AC continuously for 14 hours a day to keep the temperature below 80 degrees. As you can imagine, our ...
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Blower motor lost RPMs after reversal of fan direction

My air handler requires a clock wise rotation of the fan motor. After installing a new motor I found it was set in the counter clockwise position. I changed the wires (switched inline connection on ...
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noisy Air-conditioner compressor

I bought a new split AC that worked great for a week or so, but now I can hear some annoying noise coming from the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit in installed on a flat roof so I can hear this noise ...
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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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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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Should I insulate air conditioner coolant pipes?

I recently replaced some rotted insulation on the coolant pipe that runs out of my AC unit and into the evaporator in my house. When cleaning inside the actual AC unit itself I noticed that the ...
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Will a DIY Air Conditioner help my HVAC Central Air system?

So the husband and I just moved to Texas. We went away for the weekend and turned our HVAC central air from 68F and ON to 75F and AUTO. For some reason when we got home the AC wouldn't drop. Now I ...