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What could be causing my Lennox furnace to blow cool air?

My Lennox outside furnace is blowing cool air, not hot even when the burner is lit. It takes 3 times longer to heat the house than it should. I just had the draft motor replace about a month ago and ...
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What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

When only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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Can I use mortar to fill channels in a concrete floor?

I recently had central heating installed in my 2 bedroom ground floor maisonette. We installed all the pipes in the channels which we dug in the concrete floor. I have covered all the pipes with ...
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How can I get better HVAC airflow?

I recently purchased my house which was a new construction. Several of the vents are getting poor airflow but the installation company simply said it was normal but I suspect otherwise. I recently ...
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Gas furnace kicks on then off frequently

A few times in the past week I will wake up to my furnace turning on, hearing a click when it tries to ignite, then turn off. This will happen for a couple minutes before the furnace quits trying. ...
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Why does the blower in the attic vibrate during heating when it is really cold?

We have a Carrier heat pump system in our home, and the blower is located in the attic. When it is especially cold, the blower runs on high (there are three levels: high, medium, low). During this ...
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Why is my Central Heating taking so long to heat up?

I'm in the UK with a small modern, well insulated, double glazed home heated by a traditional gas boiler. My heating had been achieving room stat temperature within 30 minutes but is now taking at ...
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Why might a central heating programmer no longer override a room thermostat?

My central heating and hot water is governed by a Danfoss FP715 Si. Using this I can set the time each day when the central heating and the hot water come on and off. When the central heating is on it ...
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How to Lower the Ouptut of Oversized Furnace

Questions I would like to lower the output capacity of my furnace if possible. How can I do this? Is it worth doing, or should I just live with it? Is there an easy way? Some ideas: replace burner ...
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Why is my booster fan pulling cold air from outside?

This is my first winter in a house with an oil-heated, forced air system. I noticed my wall vents were pushing out warm air, but the floor cold air return vents were pushing out cool air. I followed ...
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Direction of flow in radiator

I am about to install a new radiator in my apartment; we removed the old one without noting the direction of water flow. So I now have two pipes sticking out of the floor and I don't know which is ...
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How to add a new radiator/plinth heater into heating circuit? Series or Parallel?

I've just bought an hydronic [sic] plinth heater to go in my kitchen and I'm not sure how to plumb it in. I currently have a combi-boiler central heating circuit with all HEP (plastic) pipe and ...
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Heating system is heating the radiators instead of the hot water - why?

We have a heating system with a boiler, hot water cylinder and a controller to set the timers for the heating and hot water which it then switches between accordingly. Lately, it intermittently (I ...
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Are my heat pumps using the right amount of power?

I'm trying to figure out if our two heat pumps are being power hogs and if there is something to do about it, or if they're operating normally. We bought our home recently and haven't been in it but a ...
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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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Hvac Fan only blows in 'fan on' mode while heating

Our HVAC Fan only blows in 'fan on' mode while heating. In other words the fan will not blow in heat mode if switched to "fan auto". Both fan on and fan auto modes work when cooling. See image below, ...
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Why won't my heater fan come on?

Central-air heater fan won't run, either in Auto or On mode. The heat comes on, but the fan doesn't. Even with heat switched off, the fan should run if I switch it On. The breaker is on, the wall ...
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HVAC - hot air flowing on both zones when only 1 zone should be on

I have 2-zone forced air heating, with separate thermostats for each zone. Normally, if the thermostat in zone 1 triggers the system to go on, the heat will only blow through the vents in zone 1. ...
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Central heating gas remote controller

I bought a Broadlink RM2 controller that works on 433MHz. How can I control a central heating unit with that? I haven't bought the central heating unit yet but I was thinking at ARISTON CLASS EVO 30 ...
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Why is one radiator TRV in the house missing the control?

My house had a new gas central heating system fitted, with new radiators, before I moved in. One radiator (in the tiny downstairs WC) is missing the control knob for the TRV, and is set to the highest ...
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Why would a newly installed radiator only heat when on constant bleed?

We have changed a gas central heating radiator. It is the last radiator in the circuit. It will not communicate with the boiler and only brings hot water into the pipe leading to the thermostat when ...
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Is turning the heater off in absence cheaper than holding a low temperature?

Winter is coming and I live in a badly insulated flat in Germany. Outside temperatures are around 0°C at the moment. When I'm absent for a weekend, should I turn the central heating off entirely and ...
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How can I stop our duct work “pinging” at night?

I'm in Canada, and our home is a bit older, ~20 years, and the duct work seems to be making a rather loud "pinging" noise at night. I assume this is due to colder weather in general, and the hot air ...
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Need to purge air from every radiatior?

I have a gas fired hot water central heating system. Water is circulated by two zone pumps at the furnace. There is an automatic fill valve. I recently had work done on the heating system, and the ...
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What is this heating thermostatic head connection called?

I want to purchase and install thermostatic head for heating radiator valve in my room but can't identify connection type. The radiator itself and valve don't have manufacturer name on it. What is ...
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Brass central heating elbow joint leaking at connection to plastic pipe

Since removing a radiator to decorate a room I've had a slow leak in the central heating. Luckily I've found where it is - directly below said radiator - I must have moved it about too much in the ...
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Is there any way to heat up a space noise free?

I hate my gas furnace so much, because the central heating system is so noisy. So, I bought a portable oil radiator heater, which is a temporary solution for me. It is truly noise free though. But ...
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Why does my heat pump keep triggering the high-pressure cut-off?

Our Rheem heat-pump is on the fritz. It keeps triggering the high-pressure cut-off on the outdoor unit. We've had problems with this happening before, but only when the outside temperature got to ...
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How to cap or close thermostatic radiator valve

I need to remove a radiator from the wall. When I set the thermostatic radiator valve to it's zero position and disconnect the outlet of the valve I get a strong flow of water. The water is ...
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How do you trigger the HVAC with wiring only?

I have a HVAC that has the usually wiring C R G W Y Pinouts What wires do I need to connect to turn on Heating? What wires do I need to connect to turn on the A/C? Is there a risk of damaging any ...
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What should I do about this Alpha HE CB33 Boiler pressure error condition?

I have an alpha he cb33 boiler which has stopped working this morning. Yesterday I removed a radiator for cleaning then put it back on and re-pressurised the system. It was working ok last night. ...
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How to fix uneven central heating and air?

My central heating and air conditioning system does not heat my home evenly. Half of the house gets significantly warmer / cooler than the other half. I have tried adjusting the registers, but to no ...
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Why does my central heating system comes on on its own accord?

Can anyone tell me why my central heating comes on by itself: the radiators get hot and stay hot for around 1-3 minutes then the system turns back off again. This can happen any time throughout the ...
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dripping sound in ceiling when central heating gets warm

I am a complete novice about plumbing so apologies in advance. Basically I have noticed that, when my central heating warms up I hear what sounds like a dripping noise in the ceiling. This seems to ...
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Is it OK to use old (30+ years) heating oil in my central heating furnace?

I found old steel jerrycans holding ~50 gallons (~200 liters) of heating oil. They were stored in a place where temperature can go below -5°C. Is it safe to use it for heating? If so, should I mix ...
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What could cause my boiler to provide hot water, but not heating?

My boiler kicks in when the thermostat asks it to, but when my room thermostat asks the boiler to fire up, nothing happens. My room thermostat clicks on, and lights up so I think it can tell the ...
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Two radiators are always hot

Three months ago I moved to a house with a back-boiler (gas) which supplies the hot water tank and the central heating. Apparently it has been serviced recently. There is a thermostat in the kitchen ...
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Plastic central heating pipe - cover up in built-in cupboard

I have a built in cupboard which has plastic water pipes travelling vertically up the inside (supplying a small radiator in the loft). I want to cover them up because they're ugly, awkward and also ...
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How to determine if my heating & cooling system is adequate for my home?

Is there some kind of calculation I can follow to determine if the heating and cooling system in my home is rated (adequate) for the size of the house? I assume there is some way to say something ...
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Furnace running.Shuting off for a few mins then starting again.Continued process

Why would my furnace run it's cycle, shut down and then start up again a few minutes later. Continuing this cycle all night?? Thanks
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Trouble with twinned Bryant heating units

I have twinned heating units as w1 and w2. The first unit to come on needs to be replaced; but, until then I need to know how to get the system to heat better. The problem is the fan comes on on unit ...
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Why does the A/C come on downstairs when heat is on?

I just moved in to a 2-story house. It is zoned upstairs and downstairs. If I turn the downstairs thermostat to OFF and the upstairs to COOL, the HVAC in the attic comes on, the outside compressor ...
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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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How can I stop my boiler from making all this noise?

I'd like to preface this post with the fact that I'm a complete diy amateur. I may say stupid things, or things that make no sense. Please feel free to correct me as I'm always open to learn. So, ...
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Funny “thump” sounds sometimes at night, what could be the cause?

I live in a 4-story townhouse that has a wood frame (no concrete except in basement) and was built in late 1980's. Once in a blue moon, whilst laying on the bed at night, I have heard a rather loud ...
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What could cause a clicking sound in an underfloor heating controller?

I have a underfloor heating system installed in my apartment. Each room has a Uponor T-37 thermostat, hooked up to C-35 controller. The system is about four years old and recently I have noticed a ...
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How do I connect a C wire to an Utica PEG112CDE steam boiler?

I want to upgrade my old mercury thermostat that I currently have to a newer programmable thermostat. This little DIY project is for my first late 1920's home that I recently purchased. I currently ...
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Heater/blower always on

Another puzzler. I have a Lennox CBX26UH 3-ton air handler with the 2-stage, 3-element 15kW electric heater option. The problem, as in the title, is that the system, when power is applied, is always ...
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How to stop central heating system from leaking

Our central heating system is leaking a bit of water. The system is a Ferolli Megadens 5, it heats water for both the central heating system and the shower/tap. There are several pipes below the ...
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Can I convert a radiator to radiant floor heating in a room?

I am purchasing a new home, and designing some renovations to several rooms. The house has a gas boiler and radiators throughout the house. For the kitchen and upstairs bathroom, I will be putting ...