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Noisey Heat Pipes

We have baseboard heating in our house and the pipes are very noisey. I've been reading that one way to help this is to bleed out the air from the system. I don't know if the previous homeowners did ...
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Why is one bedroom colder than the rest of the house?

I had a home built last year and we have one bedroom that is 6-10 degrees colder than the rest of the rooms in the house when its cold outside. The heat is radiant and the system has temperature ...
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How should I control my garage heater?

I just purchased a garage heater from my local big box hardware store and I am planing to set it up, but had a couple questions I'd like to run by the experts around here. Firstly, I originally ...
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Is it ok to run CAT-6, Coaxal, and HDMI near hot water pipes

I am running CAT6, HDMI and Coax in my basement. I have pipes that contain hot water from my heater, and to supply my radiators. Can I just use foam insulation on the pipes at the intersection points ...
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Heating zone not working when other 2 do

I have three zones of forced air/baseboard heating in my house. I had the furnace shut off for the summer and after turning it back on, two zones in the house work and one does not. Any tips on how ...
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What could cause the furnace blower to come on constantly and no fire in gas burner?

When thermostat is turned up on my hot air furnace, the blower immediately comes on, blowing no heat, had it checked and with some luck the burner fired after about 10 tries of switching on and off. ...
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how to change furnace filter (bottom return) for Lennox G43UF

I have a Lennox G43UF furnace and I am not sure if I need to have both a filter for a side return and bottom return. If I do (which sounds logical), where would the location of the bottom return ...
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How can we get the temperature balanced in a dual zone house?

We just moved into a rental home. There is one HVAC system, but 2 thermostats. We noticed that when we are upstairs, it sounds like the unit is running constantly. We cant seem to get the ...
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Why does my boiler keep firing up?

My boiler fires up but does it 4 times in a row and then does the same every hour. It's using a lot of money. Should my boiler be doing this? My landlord had a heating engineer out and he said it ...
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Will porcelain tile provide enough thermal mass for off peak heat storage?

The U.S. department of energy suggests electric radiant heat can be cost effective if preheated during off peak electricity hours if installed within an appropriately massive covering. Is there a way ...
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Electric HVAC unit runs and stops randomly

I just turned on my heating unit for the season and it seems to be running and stopping intermittently. I'm not sure if this something to be concerned. This happened last season as well and I called ...
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Keep finding thermostat on heat

On multiple occasions now, I have noticed odd things going on with my HVAC system, only to go to the thermostat and find that it has been set to heat! This happened once in the middle of summer, when ...
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Home heating fuel comparison (wood and heat pumps)

I'm investigating the most efficient way to heat my new 2000 sq home in New Hampshire and am having some difficulty working out the math based on the numbers I have found. I've found that wood is ...
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Why isn't my Empire heater blower working?

The blower on my empire vented room heater model RH-50-6 will not come on. We know the motor and fan work and we have replaced the fan control switch. We don't know what to try next.
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Furnace acts like it is not getting power

Furnace Heil 7000 acts like it is not getting power, I know there is power to the furnace. There are no led lights flashing either.
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How to accurately judge economics of converting from oil heat to liquid propane?

I have an oil boiler in my house (boiler and burner about 27 years old) and, as part of a renovation project, I may upgrade to something more efficient. I thought I would have to stay with oil because ...
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Central Air duct does not blow

We moved into a new house last year, the central A/C works great for all the rooms (even for closet) but we have a problem in just one room. There is almost no air flow coming from that room's air ...
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Is it safe/energy efficient to surround hydronic baseboard heaters with a wooden enclosure?

I recently replaced some wood panelling with drywall, leaving my hydronic baseboard heaters free standing with no brackets or metal surrounding them. I was thinking that instead of putting a metal ...
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Connect Taco Radiator system to a new Honeywell wireless thermostat

I have a Taco model 572 valve connected to an existing wired Honeywell TH8110 thermostat for my oil fueled radiator system. I'm getting a new Honeywell TH6320 wireless thermostat for a new A/C ...
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Underfloor solar heating

My family has a property in Portugal with a broken old solar water heater mounted on the roof. We've been using the immersion heater instead of the solar panel for a while now, but rising energy costs ...
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Covering Up A Large Gap In A Wall

I was looking for advice on how could i create a partition between my two rooms which have a huge frame in between them. The place was originally covered by curtains but putting up curtains on the ...
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Is this pipe layout acceptable?

We recently had our heater and air conditioner replaced, and now the drainage pipe is installed on the floor of the basement. It's quite annoying and it wasn't like that before (it was on the walls ...
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only hot water is wanted?

I have a switch near my boiler (apt) for turning on my heating, Above that I have a standered switch for heating water only. This system was installed 10 years ago, everything was working, until ...
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Runtal vs standard fin baseboard readiators?

Bathroom remodel. Thinking of replacing the standard fin baseboard with a small runtal unit, specifically this one: ...
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Economy 7 single element immersion heater

I just start renting a property which has electric heating. It runs on a type of economy 7 tariff. Just before I moved in the landlord fitted a new immersion heater replacing the old one. The ...
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Will a single ductless mini-split heat pump be able to distribute its air evenly throughout my ranch house?

I am in the middle of a deep energy retrofit of my house, and a quick-and-dirty online manual J calculation of the projected loads once my projects are completed shows an estimated heating and cooling ...
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Boiler clanking noise

I woke up this morning to a really loud clanking noise from our boiler. It is a newer gas boiler installed in 2007. There are two Taco circulators 007-F5-71FC for first floor and second floor. I ...
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What is this part of the heating system, and how can I stop it from leaking?

I bought a quite old house, and I found on the attic a thing that's part of the central heating, and it's leaking water. Not a lot, but enough to soak through to the floor below. Pictures: . I ...
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Can I change my standard thermostat to a Wifi one?

I have a (quite standard) TR-010X T6360A thermostat that looks like this: And this is the wiring diagram: Can I install the Heatmiser PRT-TS WiFi Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat? This is the ...
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Converting two-vent fireplace insert into one-vent: how much combustion air access does it need?

We recently took out a woodburning stove and are replacing it with a propane insert. The insert is set for a 2-pipe direct vent configuration (one for combustion air, one for exhaust). Our contractor ...
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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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What are the consequences of incorrect positioning of air separator (and swapped return/flow) in solar heating system?

I've moved into a house that has a Vaillant Solar system for helping heat the water. We had various issues that resulted in a Vaillant engineer visiting, who pointed out various problems, including a ...
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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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Heat pump vs gas efficiency and comfort [closed]

I'm looking for a house to buy in the South Carolina low country, where average lows in January get down to just under 40 deg F and highs in the summer get to just over 90 deg F. The houses in that ...
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Using 1" black iron pipe as a hydronic radiator, how many feet of pipe would I need to heat a 500ft^3 room?

I guess industrial is hip these days. Or maybe it's just me. But I'm thinking of making a snaking heater/towel warmer for my bathroom remodel. How many feet would I need, and how is this calculated? ...
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How to install thermostat with plug in heater?

My house has three electric wall heaters in different rooms used to augment the gas forced air that heats the whole house. These electric heaters are mounted on the wall, but plug into standard 120v ...
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How often should heat strip turn on for a heat pump unit?

I have noticed my heating bill is higher than my cooling bill now that I have installed a Heat Pump. I am trying to find a way to reduce this winter cost but am not sure how often electrical heat ...
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Hot water heating system: Renew or replace?

Our home was built around 1963 and has Gas powered Hot water based heating, some portion of the house is floor heated and some with radiators emitting heat from hot water. The heater may be 10-12 ...
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some baseboard heaters not working while others are in same zone

I have three heating zones (forced hot water in baseboards) in my house. On the top floor, one zone controls all the baseboard heaters on that floor. None of the baseboards on one side of the house in ...
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why does my heat pump wiring diagram show 7 wires going to the thermostat but the thermostat only says it needs 5?

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for my heat pump. The thermostat that I am planning on buying has the following terminals C, G, Y, O/B, RC, R, Aux, E, and L. The instructions say to jump the RC ...
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Why does my furnace drip bucket fill up so frequently?

We have an oil furnace that heats the house using a two-zone hot-water circuit, and also acts as an on-demand hot water heater. There is a pipe coming off the collection of pipes coming out of it that ...
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Will running out of fuel oil damage my tank?

My home heating oil is very low. I have 2 questions: 1. If I run out of heating oil can my tank/ furnace become damaged? 2. Can I use diesel fuel until I am ready to fill my tank?
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Why is my heat not shutting off at the set temperature?

When I turn the heat on on my central heat and air unit, the heat came on then continued to run getting really hot. It would not shut off unless I turned from auto to on then back. Sometimes I had to ...
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At what temperature does a WiFi thermostat stop sending a signal to the router?

I recently purchased and installed a Honeywell WP6500 WiFi thermostat and thanks to Stack Exchange, got it up and running. I have a house in New Hampshire, which I use occasionally during the winter. ...
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Problems with oil furnace

Why does my oil furnace keep triping reset after 10 sec of running i have to have thermostat all way up for it to run i changed primary control box, nozzel, electrodes and thermostat any ideas
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is my baseboard heating unit malfunctioning

I have a "finished" room in my basement that is maybe 10' x 16'. It has a baseboard heater that is perhaps 10-12' running along one wall. My problem is that right now the room's temperature will not ...
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Can I shut off the cold water supply to an oil furnace while away on vacation?

I have a hot water baseboard oil fired system. I am going away for a while and would like to shut off the cold supply to all the house in case of a water leak. If I leave the furnace on to heat the ...
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Why does my Thermo Pride oil furnace need constant restarts?

We have a Thermo Pride oil furnace that requires frequent restarts to run. We just purchased the house and had the annual service/safety check completed as it was neglected for several years. When the ...
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Diagnosing boiler problem. Strange noise and pressure released

Woke up to a loud almost grinding noise coming from all the radiators/pips in my hot water heating system. It's intermittent, every few seconds but the system is generally running louder than normal. ...
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What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills

I just moved into a house and am a little bit disappointed in its thermal performance so far. It's winter and cold outside, and the furnace heats the house up pretty quickly, but then the house gets ...