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trouble shooting home AC

air conditioner unit outside only turns on when the thermostat is put in to the on fan position.and the heat/cool is in the off position it's a carrier It's had heat all winter long. and now won't ...
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4°C pond heater [on hold]

I'm planning on turning a barrel like bucket (ca 100l) into a pond where I'd put a plant and some fish. The problem is that this pond would freeze in the winter probably killing everything in it. From ...
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How to add forced water radiator?

I have a very small cast iron radiator which works great, but when really cold temperature hits outside, it is not enough to heat that particular room (and it is on the third floor so 2nd zone is not ...
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How can I add thermal mass to my house?

We're part of a real-time pricing program with our electric utility company, and a good strategy for offsetting electricity use during peak demand times is to pre-cool the house. The more thermal ...
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Name of technique/material to reduce roof heat

I live in India. I have a cemented house. Here in my area, roof becomes very hot in summers and it heats adjacent walls too. To reduce this, people put a layer of organic manure mixed soil on roof. On ...
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Why does water rush through pipes when no water is being used?

We live in a house with city water, septic well, water softener and sump pump. We periodically hear a very loud sound of rushing water through pipes in the house. It lasts about 15 - 20 minutes. This ...
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One thermostat with a switch to control 2 heating systems

I have a natural gas boiler and a pellet stove. I have a Honeywell programmable thermostat (2 AAA Batteries) that I have used independently with both of these systems. Switching from one system to the ...
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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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reclaiming exhaust from 'on demand water heater'

Is there some way to recover the heat which is lost through the exhaust system from a 'on demand water heater' ?
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Zoned heating system very warm even without heat on upstairs?

I know heat rises, but our 1st story floorplan house gets pretty darn warm during the winter months. Other than turning on the AC or opening windows in the upper story zone, anything else that could ...
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Why does my heating work poorly in moderately cold temperatures?

My house has a gas-fired boiler and hot-water radiators. I've noticed a strange problem since moving in a few months ago. If the weather is moderately cold (in the 30F - 40F range), my house feels ...
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Hydronic heat radiators not used for long time - should they be drained?

What should I do with radiators that have been out of action for about 3 years since the boiler went on the blink? Is it better to drain the water out of the system while system is dormant?
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Electric baseboards draw electricity, but produce no heat

I recently purchased a house that has been vacant for about 6 months. I have 4 electric baseboards. When I turn on the circuit breakers for the baseboards, they draw a lot of power (roughly 6kw from ...
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Could a leaking boiler be fixed?

I'm having a leaking hole in the cast iron boiler tube so does it mean that its time for a new boiler or is there any way it could be permanently fixed?
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plusses/minuses of a modern pellet boiler system?

I know someone who is considering one of the Okofen (or equivalent) pellet-fuel systems to replace his house's dying oil-fired boiler. (He's keeping the existing Forced Hot Water baseboard system to ...
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New thermostat for electric radiant ceiling heat

I live in the Pacific NW where radiant ceiling heat is common in older homes. I a have home built in 1969 and want to upgrade the thermostat to something newer that we can program and save money. This ...
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Least Destructive New Heating System? Hot Water or Air?

I'm having some issues with my current steam heating system. I'd rather get it replaced with a whole new system, either forced hot water or forced air. The house was built in 1916, so I'd have to do ...
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Joist trak radiant tube length in last bay

I'm installing my first radiant floor system using 1/2 inch tubing and Joist Trak plates. I purchased a 1000 foot roll of tubing and cut it into 5 200' pieces. While running my loops, I'm finding ...
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underfloor heating and solid wood floor

Wet system underfloor heating suppliers seem to insist on tiled floors. I want to use solid timber planks, which have a thermal resistance that stops heat passing through easily. With good ...
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Oil furnace fan won't shut off when “heat” plug is connected to control board

I was changing my thermostat and I attempted to make the swap live without turning power off. When I connected new thermostat, the fan kept running. Ruled out bad thermostat and wire short by ...
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Natural Draft Heating Design

Does anyone have a formula/instructions (or links to) for sizing and positioning of vents for natural draft heating of a multi-level home?
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Nest thermostat - combi boiler and UFH set up question

We recently had some work done, a new open plan room, a new boiler and underfloor heating (UFH) put in. We had some confusion, a lot of which comes from not having a basic understanding of how the ...
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Central heating/cooling system heating unevenly

I have just had a new 3.5 ton central air and heating unit installed. The main vent is located in the hallway right next to the middle bedroom. When I turn the unit on to heat my home the heat in ...
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On wall near floor or ceiling for supply ducts in basement

I'm starting to finish my basement and I'm curious if I should put my supply ducts in the ceiling or the exterior wall near the floor. I have the configuration to easily do either. Any thoughts on ...
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No heating but have hot water

My hot water is working fine, boiler fires up OK. The problem is that my heating won't switch on. I have a wireless thermostat which appears to send and receive the correct signal as the receiver ...
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UK Vented Heating Problem - F25 Error on Glow Worm Boiler

We have had an intermittent problem over the last 4 months with our boiler cutting out with F22 and F25 errors (circulation fault/air in system etc...). Its a Glow worm Flexicom 18hx and has been ...
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How much work is involved to change a conventional boiler to a combi boiler?

We live in a circa 8 year old detached house in the UK. We've been having some problems with our heating system, mainly the hot water tank and we're wondering how much work is involved to change to ...
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Where to install underfloor heating under tile; thinset layer or concrete?

Putting in either a thermal wire/mesh (SunTouch) type underfloor heater or carbon film under tile. The subfloor is OSB. Going to pour 3/4" of LevelQuik Self-Leveling Concrete (replacing Gyp-Crete ...
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Fill heat tank with glycol in off-grid system?

EDIT: I'm settling for a simpler system: no solar thermal panels; just a small 50 liter water heater, AC powered, run through the inverter. (So, practically no hot water in the winter time.) I'm ...
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What could be preventing the heat boiler from circulating water upstairs to the radiator, frozen pipes?

I recently bought a Cape Stye house and it is equipped with a Weil McLain Series 1 Boiler. The boiler is up and running fine except it is only heating the first floor; the base board radiators ...
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How to get heating system working again?

We have an oil-fired boiler that does both the hot water and the forced hot water baseboard heating system. It was unusually cold and windy last night here in north-central Massachusetts. I turned ...
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Water being sucked into cold air return from humidifier pad

This is a brand new house and have had this problem from day 1. There is so much suction, or negative pressure, in the cold air duct that the water from the humidifier pad is actually being sucked in ...
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Insulate ceiling, walls, or garage door?

I live in Ohio and have created a golf stimulator in my attached garage. The garage typically stays around 10 degrees warmer than the outside without wall insulation except the interior wall. I can ...
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Do you leave the heating cables for the roof/ gutter on 24 hours a day?

Do you leave electric heating cables for the roof/gutter on 24 hours a day?
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Keeping washing machine lines warm in a cold garage

A month or two ago I installed a washer in my uninsulated garage. Now that we're getting some very cold weather coming up I'm worried about the rubber water lines freezing. I did put some foam ...
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What's the name of this kind of valve?

I would like to install the smart radiator thermostat from my previous apartment: However, in the new apartment there are different kind of valves, with clamps, as seen here: Does anyone know ...
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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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Why does my kerosene furnace stop running?

I am having issues for months now with my kerosene furnace for a mobile home. It is a beckett relay and becket flame box. I have changed electrodes, I changed eye for flame sensor, the nozzle is not ...
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Will electric in-floor heat be adequate in a converted barn?

I'm thinking of buying a single-level barn conversion. It doesn't have any gas supply & has electric underfloor heating installed without any other heat source. As far as I'm aware it's installed ...
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Why would a 240v line voltage thermostat have a blank display?

In a bathroom I have a single 500w 240v electric baseboard heater, and AUBE/Honeywell TH305 digital line voltage single pole thermostat. I noticed yesterday, that the display had gone blank. A quick ...
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Wood stove and heat pump combo

I am contemplating the following design: A house has a primary electric heat pump heating setup consisting of an outside heat pump, inside air blower and all the duct work that distributes warm air ...
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Using regular water heater for hydronic radiators

My house is old and has radiator heat, which is heated by a gas furnace from which the hot water is pumped through 7 radiators and back in. Hypothetically, and by no means would I ever want to do this ...
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What type of air filters are these? Are they any good?

I'm pretty sure these air filters have been in the house for 30+ years. I'm not sure what type of filters they are. Are they disposable or can you clean them? Are they efficient at all?
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Central Heating water system HELP

I have one pump at my central system at home on the line returning to the boiler, the pump is [Grundfos ups 32-80 180], i have no problem in the boiler itself and the water reaches the temperature set ...
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Can i use a water heater as my source for the in floor Pex tubing system?

I installed Pex tubing in concrete in 2 areas, both garage floors. I have been told 2 things.... one is that it will require a boiler, two, that a hot water tank will do the job. Cost is a huge factor ...
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How to block baseboard (water heated)?

I live in an apartment complex where my water baseboard heating is 100% controlled by the complex staff. This year has been particularly tough, as it's been very warm since winter started and even ...
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no heat coming out of the radiators

My heater is working, I just replaced the expansion tank. Thinking that was the problem and still, nothing. No heat coming out of the radiators. What can I do to fix this, my house is cold...
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How do I provide heating to a room without existing plumbing?

I have a house in the Republic of Ireland which has 2 rooms without heating. One is a Kitchen and the other is planned to be a 'breakfast' room. (all rooms are approx 5m x 3m) As can be ...
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Improving insulation on windows and preventing heat loss

Here are the images of my window (currently it's 18F/-8C outside, 74F/23C inside): Now, this condensation / ice forming gets even worse - on some days whole bottom of the window from the first ...
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Can an electric dryer be vented into a garage?

So, I have an unheated garage, but it is insulated. It maintains above freezing due to the contact with the house, but it still gets intolerably cold. I've considered routing my electric dryer out ...