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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Do thermostat-controlled, auto-adjust HVAC vents exist?

The residential forced-air HVAC systems I have seen are controlled by a single thermostat in one room. One has to manually adjust the vents in order to adjust the temperature in other rooms. Is ...
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What does a Summer/Winter switch on furnace air ducts do?

On some of our furnace ducts, there is a switch/valve for Summer/Winter or S/W. What does changing this switch/lever accomplish? Can bad things happen if I forget to switch it? Bonus question: ...
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Does lowering the blower speed of a forced-air furnace lower its efficiency?

My gas furnace has two options for the blower speed: MED, and MED-HI. It had been set on the higher speed, but that was too harsh, so I lowered it to the slower speed. Does that have any impact on the ...
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How can I audit my furnace?

I want to keep track of when my furnace is on, with an eye to reducing how much energy I use to heat my house. I could compare it with weather data (temperature, wind speed, precipitation). I could ...
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Why are furnace/central AC blowers so inefficient?

I can buy a ceiling fan from Home Depot capable of moving 5,000 CFM of air for about $50, and it uses a mere 50-60 watts while doing it. By contrast, most furnaces seem to have blowers that operate in ...
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Should I insulate steam pipes in the basement?

I have a steam-radiator heating system. The furnace is in the (unfinished) basement, and the steam-carrying steel pipes spread out across the basement ceiling before going up into the rest of the ...
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Should I relocate the HVAC unit in my attic?

I have had a couple of estimates to replace our HVAC system and one contractor says he would relocate the system to a more central location in the attic. One says there is no need to relocate. There ...
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Where should my furnace filter go in a Lennox G40UHX series furnace?

I have a Lennox G40UH(X) series furnace, which is installed in our attic (We have a single-story house on a slab). Because the furnace is installed in the attic, it is "laying down" on its side, and ...
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Decrease dust in an old house, forced air

My house was built in 1940. I have noticed the forced air pushes out a lot of dust. This is evident from lint collecting on the bathroom vanity below a vent. It only collects lint during Summer and ...
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Can an electric dryer be next to the gas furnace?

I intend to relocate my washing machine and electric dryer within the basement. The dryer will then be about 2 feet from the furnace. Is that OK?
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How can I prevent my furnace and A/C from slamming doors?

What specifics will I need to collect to figure out if our furnace and A/C are sucking too much at the source/intake? I don't know the proper terminology for these things, do forgive me for any ...
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Insulating ducts in a crawlspace

Consider a source duct from the furnace/AC. The ducts run in a vented crawlspace. The floors atop the crawlspace are a mix of hardwood and kitchen vinyl. The symptoms are: the longer run vents ...
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Should the fill line be removed when decommissioning an old oil tank?

So, I have a contractor decommissioning my old 650-gallon oil tank. There is a 3" metal tube coming out of the ground from the tank that is what I believe to be the receptacle used to fill the tank ...
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Can I close the garage vent on my furnace?

My furnace duct system has a vent in the garage, right over the furnace. Is it necessary for the proper operation of the furnace to keep that open? I'd hate to waste the money heating up my garage, ...
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Why do I have two parallel gas pipes?

I've got a water heater and a hot water radiator furnace sitting next to each other, both on gas. The strange thing is that there are two parallel gas lines feeding each one of these which come from ...
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How much energy will continuously running a furnace fan use?

We have a bi-level (tri-level? There's a small entry way and utility room, then an upstairs living area and master bedroom and a downstairs living area with bedrooms) in mid-Michigan. The downstairs ...
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Is there a way to find out how often your furnace is running?

With winter finally setting in, and being the first year in our new house I would like to put some sort of measurement on how often the furnace is working, before I get the bill. Are there any known ...
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Which way does air flow into a furnace?

Which way does air typically flow in a furnace? Put another way, does the filter usually sit before the incoming cool air reaches the burners or after? I'm trying to figure out which way the air flow ...
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Do I need a rain\snow cover on this furnace vent?

Just bought a house that had a new furnace installed this summer. Vent number 1 in the image is for the furnace (2 is the water heater and 3 is sump). As you can see in the image, 2 and 3 both would ...
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How often should the air filter in the furnace be changed?

Does the period of change of this air filter have an affect on the longevity of the heating and a/c system? What is a good rule of thumb to require replacement?
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How can I avoid cold rooms due to combustion air intake?

I have a newer split level house (2006) with unfinished basement. The natural gas furnace is on the lower level in a utility room that is also laundry and bathroom. There's an enormous 8 or 10" pipe ...
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Are discount furnaces safe to use?

More newbie questions ;-) The house we're looking to buy has an older furnace that "may be manufactured by the Permier/Consolidated furnace company" according to general inspections. We're in the ...
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How do I prevent harmonic resonance hum in PVC vent of newly installed hot water heater?

I just had a new power vented water heater installed (HTProducts Phoenix Light Duty) in our crawlspace. The contractor that put it in used part of the existing 3" concentric vent from the furnace we ...
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How do I prevent ice stalagmites from building up on the furnace exhaust?

I have a high efficiency furnace that exhausts via a pvc pipe out the side of the house, the trouble is the moisture from the exhaust forms an ice stalagmite in my driveway in the cold weather. Are ...
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Why does my furnace need frequent power resets?

I have a NOMA Programmable thermostat attached to my furnace. The set point is usually around 21 degrees, and the room temperature is reading around 17 degrees. The furnace is not coming on. ...
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If I turn off the breaker to the Gas furnace will the pilot light go out?

I need to turn off the breaker for the furnace but am afraid this will turn off the pilot light to my gas furnace & I don't know how to relight it. Are any special steps necessary to prevent ...
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Why do our baseboard heating pipes make a loud banging noise after a new furnace was installed?

We had a new furnace installed about a month ago. The heating in our house is hot water baseboards. Ever since the new furnace was installed, when the heat comes on or turns off, there is a loud ...
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How do I identify the C terminal on my HVAC?

How do I identify the C terminal on an HVAC, furnace, or boiler? If the terminals don't have a screw labeled C what should I look for on the wiring diagram? What steps should I take if a wiring ...
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Should my thermostat's blue wire be going to W2?

I've recently moved into my first house and am looking to replace the existing basic thermostat in the home. Here is a picture of how I found it wired: Researching the wires, I've read that ...
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What would cause my furnace to only work with the filter removed?

My Carrier furnace works fine without the air filter in place on the return. With the filter in place it works for a while and then stops with a complaint about "limit, or flame rollout is open" ...
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What's causing the rumbling sound when my furnace kicks on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency furnace in my home. Last year it started making a slight whining noise that was audible during the very first stage, before the blower motor started. No ...
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Will heat set off a smoke detector placed in an attic?

A heating furnace is in a partially floored attic. used for storage only We have placed a smoke detector above the furnace and wonder if the heat in the summer would set it off.
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How can I determine why my furnace is not blowing enough heat?

During a cold spell last week when temperatures got down to -23f (-31C) my furnace started showing issues with blowing enough air and the air was not very warm. Last winter it did not have any issues ...
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Why would my Goodman gas furnace start but not stay on for more than 2-3 minutes?

I've got a problem with my 15 year old Goodman furnace. It starts w/o problem, inductor begins working, hot surface ignitor lights up and ignites the gas. Then the main blower starts working and the ...
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How can I unbend a bent furnace filter slot?

I recently bought a new home. When going to change the furnace filter, I couldn't get the original furnace filter out of the slot at the last part of the filter (where the cardboard border is). Since ...
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Can a washer and dryer be next to a water heater?

I have a GE gas dryer (DSXH47GGWW) that is currently next to an exterior basement wall. I'd like to move it to the opposite wall (shared with the crawl space) right next to the water heater next to ...
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Why does the pilot light go out when the furnace is running?

Every time the furnace fires up, it blows out the pilot light. Sometimes it will run a full cycle and blow out when it shuts down, and sometimes it will blow out about a minute into the cycle. We ...
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Is it expensive to switch from an 80% to a 90% efficient furnace, to comply with the new mandate?

I'm told by some HVAC companies via mail flyers and websites (example) that it may be very expensive to retrofit new PVC pipes to update an 80% efficient furnace to a 90% one. Therefore, the logic ...
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What to do about furnace that's drawing gas odors into the room instead of heat?

I have a gas furnace. It was heating up the place fine and worked for years until the other day. All of a sudden it started drawing air that smelled like strong gas odors into the room rather than ...
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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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How to wire multiple thermostats

I would like to have two thermostats controlling a single furnace. However I'm not 100% sure how I would need to wire everything to achieve the correct effect. Assuming a thermostat simply acts like ...
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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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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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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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Is it alright to run furnace and turn off gas?

Is running a furnace with the gas pipe shut can cause any harm to furnace?
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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 ...