The furnace is part of an HVAC or central heating system used to generate heat. Typically this is done with gas, a heat pump, or an electric element. For hot water and radiator based heating, use the boiler tag.

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Can I connect an outdoor wood stove to my current HVAC system?

How to install a wood stove as an auxiliary heat source? (Main is electric furnace with forced air) I've read this question, it doesn't really answer what I need to know. What I would like to do is ...
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Does this NM cable require protection?

We're selling our home and the buyer's inspector says the white cable in these photos must be protected from damage, by either a conduit or instead using a metallic cable. It's connected to the ...
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Is this flue dangerous?

I had access to a ladder the other day, so naturally I was poking around in the attic of our house where we have lived for about a year. Above the closet where the furnace and water heater are ...
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Why won't my furnace turn off?

My furnace is running OK and heating the house. The problem is that I have the thermostat set to 66°F and it does not turn off when it reaches that temperature. I can turn it off manually at the ...
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Can I piggyback a thermostat with a C Wire hookup on a furnace?

I'm trying to install a new thermostat that needs a C wire hookup. There are currently 4 wires running from the thermostat to the furnace, none of them are a c wire. When I look at my furnace itself ...
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Why does the gas furnace blow cold air at the start of the heating cycle?

What does this problem sound like? There is a 25 year old gas furnace in the house we rent. (The guy that owns the place claims there is NO problem at all. He said the igniter is brand new and ...
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How is a high altitude natural gas burner different?

What is the difference between high altitude natural gas burner and conventional low altitude gas burner and why high altitude natural gas burner are needed?
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Furnace: are flames in between the tubes bad?

In a Carrier Weathermaker 8000 gas furnace, is it normal for some of the flames to be coming out of the spacers in between the tubes? It seems like they shouldn't be there, since they aren't going ...
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Can I connect an electronic air cleaner to the 24v terminals of my furnace?

I have a Goodman GKS90904CX furnace and looking to install an Electro Breeze Air Cleaner. The air cleaner needs an R and C 24v terminal for power or a power outlet with the supplied transformer. I ...
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What is this name of this vent attachment next to my furnace?

What is the name of this silver vent attachment thing at the bottom of the picture? It is attached to the side of our gas furnace. The black part is an insulated air duct which goes to a vent ...
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How to address loud cold air return

The cold air return on my forced air furnace is too loud. While it is is tolerable, there is a noticeable sound of rushing air when the furnace is running (not a whistling sound, just a blowing ...
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How does old wood furnace work?

My mother in law has an old wood furnace in her workshop. It obviously is different than the typical wood stove you see. Does anyone have one of these? Or can anyone explain the theory behind its ...
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What could cause a flame sensor to stop working so frequently?

Over a year ago after a month in our new house, we came back one evening to a cold home and after some googling, I found out that the flame sensor was dirty and the furnace was starting the flame and ...
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Why is water collecting in the base of my furnace?

I changed my filter the other day and noticed a pool of water in the bottom of the furnace, below the filter. The humidifier has been off so that's not the issue. I removed the furnace panels and see ...
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How do I troubleshoot an electric furnace?

I have a Coleman 3300-9051 electric furnace w/AC. The blower continually runs. Where do I find a repair manual and/or what could be the problem. How do I test it.
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What would cause a furnace to shut off prematurely?

I've got a Carrier Weathermaker 8000 furnace that shuts off about 90 seconds or so after ignition, started doing this recently. I get flashing code "33" which indicates: The code indicates: 33 ...
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Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

My HEIL 7000 natural gas furnace has stopped working what are the most likely causes, and how to verify faulty parts? Normal operation routine Thermostat sends "need heat" signal. Exhaust blower ...
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What pipe is this?

Hello and please bear with me. I'm no expert when it comes to plumbing but I will try to be as detailed as possible. I'm trying to understand what a pipe does in my basement. The pipe seems to be ...
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Can I replace the permanent filter in my furnace?

In my furnace (ruud ubhc-17j14sfa), there is a permanent, washable filter. It was there when we moved in 2 years ago. The house is about 10 years old now. The filter is pretty simple, more like a ...
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What is the smell coming through my HVAC system?

If I leave the furnace fan always running for an extended period of time (to circulate and filter the air), when the central AC turns on there is a not-so-fresh smell that is emitted through the ...
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Can a furnace with a variable speed blower be used in a multistory house?

I just had an HVAC guy out to give me an estimate on a new Carrier Infinity series furnace and he said the second floor rooms will always be colder because the thermostat is on the first floor and not ...
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Should I use a quick or gradual 90 in my flexible A/C ductwork?

To elaborate a bit more. If you are running an 8" duct off the supply, would you do a quick 90 degree towards the destination or do a gradual 90 degree? I would guess a quick would be better because ...
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How do I wire an old furnace motor so I can use it as a garage exhaust fan?

Since last I posted, I moved WAY south (lil warm down here) and the house I moved into was a foreclosure so a few things needed done, namely the AC and furnace. When the guy did the job he said he ...
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How can I prevent water from entering through water heater/furnace exhaust vent?

I have an exhaust vent in my basement (Amerivent Type B) which takes the exhaust from my gas furnace and water heater goes out the basement wall, and up my chimney. A little bit water is coming in to ...
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How well would a hydronic furnace work with a gas tankless water heater?

My current heating system (in Ontario) is an oil hot water tank in a closed loop with a hydronic forced-air furnace (Enerzone XAH 68). The water circulates through what is basically a heat exchanger ...
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Why would a furnace overheat with a standard density filter?

Some time ago I found my furnace (gas, forced air, downdraft) was getting stuck on, blowing cold air. I could reset it, but it would happen again after a while. After calling out a service man, I ...
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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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Can I replace my draft inducer blower with a model of a slightly different speed?

My furnaces draft inducer blower sounds like a snow blower running, so I set out to replace it. Finding a replacement part proved difficult, but I found a site advertising a compatible part and ...
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Is it normal for air to be leaking from where the drain hose connects to the central A/C unit?

I'm trying to determine if I have a leak around my central AC unit. Basically when the unit is on, I feel cool air blowing outside the "furnace plenum" as I believe its called. If you look at this ...
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Where can I find resources on Gas Furnace manufacturers

We are going to replace a 30 year old residential gas furnace. We have estimates for furnaces from Rheem, Trane and Bryant. This is a rental, so we aren't going for the 95% with tax rebate but ...
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Why does my gas furnace run once then wont come back on until reset when temps are below 30 outside?

THE PROBLEM: My gas furnace will run one cycle and then not come back on until the switch is reset. Once the switch is reset it will kick on immediately run once and again I will have to reset before ...
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Does a whole house humidifier go on the intake or outlet of the furnace?

On what side of the furnace do I install the tank of the humidifier (the warm side or the return air side)?
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Will a 2-stage heat pump cool my upstairs on low stage?

I am currently upgrading my furnace from an oil furnace/AC combination to all heat pump. I am considering two stage vs single stage heat pumps. I understand that two-stage will supposedly give me ...
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Gas furnace air is cooler (but NOT COLD) during bitter cold days - why?

I have a Lennox central gas furnace. It is only about 3 years old, and was on the very high end of the models available in terms of energy efficiency and such. I sprung for a more expensive model ...
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furnace question

I have a tenant that constantly sets the thermostat at 90 degrees for the heat. I have told her several times to stop because she will burn the unit up. What are the consequences of this and how long ...
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Which way does the air flow through my furnace?

Below is my furnace and I need to change the filter however I am unsure which way is the airflow direction. Red or Blue?
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Furnace flashing 4 times (Ducane)

My Ducane furnace flashes 4 times, runs for 5 minutes, and then the burner goes off. When the limit switch is jumped it runs good. What needs to be changed here?
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Why does my pilot light go out when I release the pilot light knob?

My furnace pilot light will not stay lit. I can light it and depress the pilot switch for 2 minutes. But, once I let go of the button, the pilot immediately goes out. Does my thermocouple need ...
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Does it matter where my furnace condensate pump gets power from?

The existing condensate pump for my furnace recently died. It was hard-wired directly into the electrical panel of the furnace but I was able to disconnect it. However, when looking for a new pump, ...
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Heater air intake blows out the flame

The problem I have is the air heater shutting down in windy days and I'd like to figure out how to fix this issue. Here's the setup: The back of the house faces North to an open field which gets very ...
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0v at DC thermostat terminal in furnace

I have an old (mid 80s) Rheem gas furnace I hope will last me through at least one more California winter. It's been known to go down into the upper fifties, so it has its work cut out for it. In any ...
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Should my furnace closet have this huge duct opening into the unconditioned vented attic?

So my interior furnace closet has a huge duct in it that connects the closet to the unconditioned vented attic right above it. Needless to say, this is a huge air leak into the conditioned part of the ...
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Is my furnace operating normally?

I just moved into my house and I am wondering if this is normal for a furnace. So I have my furnace set to 68 degrees. The temperature on the thermostat says 66 degrees. The furnace is on, but does ...
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What is the optimal duty cycle for a furnace?

A heat load calculation of my home says it requires ~36K BTU/hr of heat at a normal winter temperature (40°F), and ~52K BTU/hr at the design temperature (24°F). An HVAC contractor has proposed ...
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What type of furnace vent pipe is this?

I need to extend my furnace vent pipe up 2 foot above the ridge of my roof to comply with IBC. So I need to couple this pipe somehow and extend it up. Any idea what type of pipe this is and how I ...
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furnace blower motor vibration when working hard

A few weeks ago my furnace developed a vibration that can be heard throughout the house. If I remove the side panel of the furnace or if I remove the filter, the vibration goes away. My theory is ...
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What is wrong with my gas furnace?

Note: the below was solved. It was a loose wire between the controller and the gas valve (the white wire on the diagram) This is about an old UltraMax Olsen HCS2 81AD gas furnace it looks like this ...
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How do I determine/control which heat source is used (heat pump, oil)

I have a heat pump and an oil furnace for backup. How does the HVAC system know when to use the heat pump and when to use the oil furnace? Specifics: I have a Honeywell TH8320U1008 thermostat ...
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Is it a problem that I have two of each color wires on my Honeywell thermostat?

I am thinking about upgrading my Honeywell thermostat. Every thing I have seen describes / shows a single wire for each color. My current thermostat has two wires connected to each terminal (two green ...
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Can I properly install Roxul mineral wool batts in a mostly-drywalled stud bay by pushing them up from below?

Using my nifty thermal camera, I discovered that my furnace closet's combustion air duct (visible in this question) is getting really hot when the attic heats up, and then (being sheet metal) it ...