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When should HVAC returns be opened and closed?

My Pennsylvania house was built in the early 90s, has central heat (natural gas) and central A/C, and most rooms have pairs of closable air returns on the wall near the floor and ceiling. I've been ...
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Radiators don't heat up evenly, and am missing an Expansion Vessel. Do I need it?

I have a new Worcester 40CDI Regular Boiler that does not come with a built-in expansion vessel. I just discovered that the installer did not install an external expansion vessel either. For HW, I ...
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Why is it taking so long for my house to heat up?

Firstly, I should probably mention that I'm in the UK... My wife and I bought a house new from a builder over 9 years ago and have had no problems whatsoever with our central heating system in that ...
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Why aren't my radiators heating up?

Two of the eight radiators in my house get only lukewarm. All eight radiators have been bled. The inlet pipes to the two dodgy radiators are red hot so the problem appears to be with the valves. I ...
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Can I use a 40 lb propane tank just for my central heating?

I want to know if I can use a 40 lb propane tank for my central heating. I have not tried anything. I don't want to put natural gas in, just want the propane gas. If someone can answer that, I want ...
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Is it an easy task to replace a wall thermostat?

As above, is it an easy DIY job to do this safely? In my research into the above it has become apparant that I should consider replacing the old thermostat with a programmable one for energy savings. ...
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What might cause the heating to get “stuck” off regardless of room thermostat?

What could cause my heating system to get "stuck" in a state where the boiler will no longer come on in response to the room thermostat, and I can only seem to "fix" it by turning the property power ...
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1971 D615MH Coleman Furnace,

I have a Coleman D615MH furnace. It will not kick off. I have to turn both breakers off. I just replaced the thermostat, thinking that was it. I turned the breakers on & it was still running. ...
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Can upgrading my boiler save me money?

I've just received my annual gas usage statement. It came as a surprise to me that I'm using almost the average gas consumption in the UK. The average is 16,500kWh and I used 15,000kWh over the year. ...
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Why would the input gas pressure fall when the central heating boiler calls for heat?

Since the annual service of my traditional gas boiler the house takes considerably longer to heat up. The boiler flame no longer seems as "fierce" as previously. I'm told the burner pressure and ...
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My hot water boiler failed **On** - what would cause that?

I arrived back from holiday to find the house like a sauna, everything in the kitchen too hot to touch, cutlery scalding hot etc. My central heating was on full, and must have been for some days. ...
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Does my Central Heating system need balancing?

The difference in flow and return temperatures at each radiator varies between 2C (lowest) and 7C (greatest). Although all of my radiators get hot I understand the desired differential is 10-12C. Do ...
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Why did an HVAC installer add this PVC pipe?

We recently had a VERY old central heating furnace replaced and I noticed that the HVAC installer added the following PVC pipe shortly before the inspector arrived: The metal vents were already ...
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What is the effect of differences in flow and return rates in a traditional gas central heating system?

Would a smaller or lower differential in flow and return rates in a traditional gas boiler "Y" central heating system make the house take longer to heat up? Is there any way to adjust these flow ...
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Why aren't my radiators heating up after I replaced a rusted through pipe?

We had a bit of corrosion in an old pipe and it started leaking and losing pressure and so I drained all the central heating system (radiators), replaced the pipe and fitting. It was awkward and the ...
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How can I stop my radiators “clicking” when they're turned on or off?

I have a central heating system on a timer, and whenever the timer turns on or off, for around ten / fifteen minutes, some of the radiators in my home make regular clicking noises, kinda ...
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What to look for in a new water radiator?

The water radiators I have under each window are 50 years old, and I would like some new ones. They measure HxLxD 50x100x20 cm. The new ones I would like should be as thin as possible. I live in an ...
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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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Why does my central heating system get so much air in it?

We have an old system with a header tank in the loft. Over the last few days I have bled the radiators many times. However one section: Took a few hours until any water got to it, Its radiators ...
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Is it cost effective to close some heating vents?

I have a central natural gas forced-air furnace in a small (1500 sq. ft.) home. I have an unfinished main room downstairs and a room for storage upstairs that's not being used as a bedroom. Is it ...
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Are w1 and w2 both energized during a second stage heat call from the thermostat?

Short version: does two-stage thermostat always close W1 circuit when it closes W2 circuit, or they might be closed independently? Long version: I have two-stage furnace, currently connected to older ...
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How can I fix a single radiator that is not providing heat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my radiator not getting hot water or have air in it? All of my radiators are working, apart from one. There is heat in the pipe attached to it , but the radiator ...
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Cheaper to run central heating sporadically high or constantly low?

My central heating has a thermostat dial ranging from 10 to 30 degrees Celcius. I'm wondering whether it's likely to be cheaper to crank it up to 30, and turn it on for, say, an hour, 3/4 times per ...
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Is it possible to fix a leak in PP-R piping by injecting some type of substance?

I have a central heating system based on PP-R piping and radiators. The PP-R piping goes under the floor. The problem is that the pressure is droping 0.2 atm / week and I am sure there's a leak ...
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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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Can anyone identify this heating timer?

So, It's getting quite cold now and my central heating is just going on and off randomly. There is what seems to be an unbranded heating timer below the combi-boiler (Baxi). However I have no idea how ...
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What is correct way for radiator plumbing/connection in multi-story flat

We have some problems with central heating in our multi-flat house and I would like to understand something. Some flats have old-style radiators, and almost every flat has different way to connect to ...
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Can you identify this timer panel?

We have these programmable timers in our home for the Underfloor heating in the bathrooms. There are no manufacturers markings on the panel, and they're not intuitive to program. Anyone able to ...
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Although my hot water works, why won't my radiator come on?

As above, the hot water works but the radiators do not come on. It's an old gas powered central heating system. We're thinking it's the wall thermostat at fault but is there anything else it might be? ...
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Using a solar system with a condensing boiler for the central heating instead of tap-water?

According to the manual of my AWB ThermoMaster 2HR 28.02WT Condensing boiler, it is compatible with a pre-heating solar system for tap-water only. It even has extra facilities to ensure that the ...
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How can I improve hvac air flow to my attic?

Two years ago I converted the attic of my 1.5 story house into a livable space. It had no HVAC ducts going up, so I ran some coming from the basement where the furnace is. Air flow to the attic via ...
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Does a software-controlled central heating programmer and thermostat exist?

I have a central heating programmer in the airing cupboard (where the hot water tank is). It allows a couple of separate schedules for water and heating separately, and also for manual override when ...
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What would cause the bottom half of a radiator cool down after heating up?

I have a one pipe system and just had a new Vertex vertical radiator fitted. It's the last radiator in the circuit. The radiator I had replaced for the vertical radiator worked like a dream for the ...
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When bleeding radiator why does the same amount of water go out through the overflow?

I have a really old central heating system. It was working fine until a plumber bled the whole system to replace a radiator. Since then we have had to replace the pump and the system doesn't seem to ...
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How to bind/pair a Sunvic wireless radio heating controller to its receiver

I have a Sunvic wireless controller and thermostat with a receiver base station in the boiler room. It became detached and I'd like to reconnect it with the controller unit. Note: this is a question ...
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Can a cold air return be shared by two rooms?

Can I use the same cold air return duct in a wall between two rooms? For example, the duct would run down the wall between the studs and then could I put the register at the bottom of the wall on both ...
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What materials can be used to create cold air returns?

To make a cold air return duct in my wall, can I simply use the studs and drywall to create the duct or do I have to use sheet metal also?
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How to disable this timer?

Is there a way to completely turn off this timer?
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Where can I find central heating system with radiators?

Coming from Europe, I am used to radiator heating systems and thinking about putting one into a fixer-upper house I intend to buy. Where can I find such a system in the North-American market?
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Wood heating - Problems with power failures. Need some advice

My sister uses wood heating in here house. Her heating system has temperature control but of course does not work without electricity. If electricity goes off the temperature can grow ...
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Why do the radiators in my home heating system get extremely hot?

I have a standard British heating configuration at home - there is one gas heater that provides hot water both for the boiler (and bathroom etc.) as well as for central heating. There is a small ...
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How do I fix radiators that come on at different times?

We have radiators in all rooms but the ones in the bathrooms come on at different times to the rest of the house. This is particularly annoying when getting up at 6am and stepping into a freezing ...
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Why isn't water coming out of a radiator in my freshly pressurized system?

I live in an old Victorian with three stories, plus a basement and an attic. I tried to bleed the radiators in preparation for turning the heat on, but was unable to get any water out of the radiators ...
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Should central heating pipes through internal brickwork have insulation?

My house has old (large diameter) steel central heating pipes. These travel through the basement before passing up through the house. My concern is that when they pass through internal walls they are ...
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Why are steam radiators used in the USA?

In the UK, we use water radiator systems when the boiler heats the water to about 70°C, this allows the boiler to get most of the energy out of the gas (or oil) by condensing the steam you get ...
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How can I locate the pump in a wet open-vented central heating system?

Lost: One Central Heating Pump. Reward offered (in reputation points ;) I have a wet open-vented central heating system, and I've turned it on after six months to find the radiators aren't getting ...
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How do I lower a cold air return from the ceiling for a basement rental?

I am living in the basement level of a rental unit with forced air heat. There are 9 heating vents and one cold air return, all of which are in the ceiling. The air isn't mixing very well resulting ...
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How do I work out the CH boiler size we should have?

How do I work out the boiler size we should have? (I have been told we need a 18KW boiler for our large 3 detached bedroom bungalow in the north of the UK, is this really powerful enough?)
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Why won't my condenser turn on when I run my heat pump?

I have a York Affinity condenser. When I run my heat pump, I expect it to turn on somewhere in the cycle but it doesn't. It generally does this once a year. The usual fix is to cycle the power of the ...
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Why do I have a cold draft from a return air vent?

I have a draft occurring in my 2 story home, usually on windy days. The main floor is fine, but in the master bedroom on the second floor, there is cold air entering the room from the air return vent. ...