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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 ...
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Metering gas used for heating water in a multi-dwell building with one boiler

I rent in a multi-dwell building. We are not directly charged for hot water but trying to figure out if we are indirectly charged via the Con-Ed gas bill. Is it possible to meter gas usage for the ...
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Furnace keeps resetting

My trane xr90 furnace keeps resetting just while it is in its "heat up phase" I'm a laymen but a description of what is happening is like this... The furnace gets a call for heat, it makes a sound ...
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Is it normal for actual temperature to be below target temperature during cold weather?

I live in North Florida and the temperature seems to drop into the 30's maybe 10-15 days out of the year and the 20's maybe 2-5 times a year. We had a few days where the highs were in the 30's this ...
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Hot water baseboard heater, one zone is cold

I have a hot water baseboard heating system. I have 4 zones controlled by 4 thermostats. The basement is cold. I installed a new zone valve for that area and it is still cold. I bled the zone of ...
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Should I switch from #2 heating oil to kerosene?

Let's say if k-1 is $2.95 and #2 heating oil is $4.05, why should or shouldn't I pump kerosene instead of #2 oil into the tank of a heating furnace? I know that the BTU difference between k-1 and #2 ...
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Can I use my forced air furnace to heat water for radiant heat too?

I moved from Europe to USA 4 years ago and I was wondering if it's possible to combine forced air heating with the heating that uses radiators. My idea is to use the furnace for forced air to heat up ...
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Should I leave the fan switch on my thermostat set to fan rather than auto?

I purchased a new Amanda Furnace in Oct'2013. I am told in order to maximize a warm, consistent room temperature I should set the thermostat to the Fan position rather than the Auto position. Does ...
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Does our main air intake need an electrostatic filter if our furnace already has one?

We have an electrostatic filter on our furnace right where in main air intake connects. We recently had our ducts cleaned and they told us we also needed to have our main air intake cleaned (an extra ...
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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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How can I tell what kind of baseboard heater I have installed?

I assumed the baseboard heaters in my rented apartment were electric since there is an electricity breaker that effectively turns off the heating. However, after looking at my utility bill, I think it ...
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Why does the blower in the attic vibrate during heating when it is really cold?

We have a Carrier heat pump system in our home, and the blower is located in the attic. When it is especially cold, the blower runs on high (there are three levels: high, medium, low). During this ...
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180º/gooseneck/u-shaped cold air return?

I am in the planning stages of moving a cold air return from an inconvenient spot in the floor to a nearby wall. The basic plan is to open up the wall on both sides (cutting one stud and framing in a ...
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Is there a problem in adjusting the radiator setting too often?

I just brought two small Ethernet-type cards, so I could start a project to control the single radiator in my student accommodation over the internet. (#EngineeringStudent) Now, the when I came back ...
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To which extent can outside walls make a room cold?

My kitchen is a small extension (5 or 6 square meters) of the house. No heater. Extremely cold in winter (down to 8 degrees celcius). For months I've wondered why it's so cold (1), now I suspect it's ...
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What are the possible ways to prevent heating pipes in an entryway from freezing?

I live in Maine, and it can get cold in the winter. My house has baseboard hot water heating and three heating zones (basement, first floor, and second floor). We have a mudroom/entry room that I ...
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Temperature control when I can't affect either airflow or thermostat

Our apartment is heated by a natural gas burner (the burner itself is inside the unit) that vents in two directions: one vent into the bedroom and a second (about 3x the area) into the rest of the ...
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Preventing a frozen pipe on an extreme weather night

Last week, we had a night that got down to -18F. In the middle of the night, the cold-water pipe going to the kitchen sink froze (but luckily did not burst). After some investigation, it turns out ...
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We have a Chromalox EDB-20-1 hot water furnace, and it sounds like a flowing stream whenever the water flows through the house

The pressure is fine (15 psi) and it heats the house fine. I would think the water needs topping up except for the fact the pressure is optimal. Any thoughts on what I can check/do? The sound is ...
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Heating issues with slab foundation 50 year old home

I put a new furnace in (97% efficiency) because this home is so cold on the floors that my feet are cold anywhere I walk. Now have heat vents in ceiling but not helping any. Always cold, especially ...
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How do I eliminate the cold drafts coming from my air conditioning vents during winter?

I have a forced hot water (baseboard) heating system in my home and added central air conditioning about 10 years ago. The cooling system's air handler is in my attic, and duct work was added for the ...
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Combi boiler doesn't realise it's already lit

I have an Ariston Eurocombi (A23). The problem is it doesn't realise the flame is lit. When I start it up and cause demand (run hot tap or turn on heating) it fires up the flame correctly, however, ...
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What is a reasonably economical way to heat a basement bathroom?

I have a basement bathroom (roughly 8' x 4') that corners two outside walls, and has no heat vent. Months like this it's ice cold. I'd like to heat it up, just not sure how, outside of running a space ...
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Will I draw more power/use more energy if I add an additional heater?

I currently have one baseboard heater in my bedroom, I wanted to add another heater because it gets very cold and I have two exterior walls and only one heater. Will I be consuming more energy because ...
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Why does the pipe to my radiator get hot, but the radiator itself doesn't?

I have multiple radiators in my apartment, and all except one work. Unfortunately, it's the one in my bedroom! Brrr! The pipes to and from the radiator are hot to the touch, and I can hear water ...
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Should the cold water supply be constantly open for hot water heating system?

I just flushed out my baseboard heating system and refilled it with new water. I am wondering, should the cold water supply to the system stay open or should it be a closed loop until flushed again at ...
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Floor heating or radiant? [closed]

Living in a cold area what one is better? I think for a family where there are people that live in the house mostly of the day the floor-heating should be the best in term of quality and saving ...
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Can a boiler water feed / pressure relief valve be repaired?

I am a homeowner trying to troubleshoot my hot water boiler system (Winkler Gas Boiler). I noticed recently that my boiler is reading zero pressure. The combination fill & pressure relief valve ...
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Combi boiler lighting hourly to warm heat exchanger - is this normal?

I have an Ideal Isar HE24. It lights for 2 minutes once an hour to warm the heat exchanger and 'optimise delivery time for domestic hot water to taps or showers'... The problem is that this is ...
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What materials are fake coals for gas fireplaces made of?

My new gas fireplace looks remarkably realistic! I'm curious what the "glowing embers" are made of. I have found replacement sets, but I've been having a hard time figuring out what materials ...
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Why does my house feel colder in one area after installing blown cellulose insulation?

I recently insulated my flat roof with blown cellulose insulation. I installed two vents on the roof as well. The house used to warm up well at 72°F. In order for our bedroom to be warm we have to ...
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Outside unit fan not running

we recently had an ice storm in the DFW area. Our outside unit is in a shady area that hasn't completely thawed out yet. Therefore, we have significant ice around the unit (and even inside) that ...
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How can I efficiently heat a bonus room above a detached garage?

I'm planning a 20x20' detached garage which will have a bonus room built into the roof trusses. I'd like to use this bonus room as my home office — so, since I live in the cold North, it'll need a ...
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How far away from the wall should ceiling heat registers be?

I'm installing ceiling heating registers. Are they required to be a certain distance from the wall?
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Stop heat loss through unused chimney duct

We had a 10 inch diameter metal chimney duct running from the basement to the roof. After replacing the furnace with a direct vent one it was no longer used. Cue more renovations and the section on ...
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Is it good that windows are shut when heating is on

Many apartments require all windows to be closed during winter when the heating is on. But even when the apartments have central heating, as far as I know about my current apartment, it just circulate ...
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How to measure heat in a Manhattan apartment?

Our 47-year old Mid-Manhattan hi-rise building is generally well maintained but whenever we complain to the super that we don't get enough heat, he sends a handyman with a "mercury" thermometer to ...
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Can I replace this Airwell thermostat?

I am in market to replace my simple A/C control unit with one that integrates with home my z-wave based home automation system. However, before I make the splash and buy a compatible thermostat, I ...
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Why are my water/radiator pipes whistling when I shut down the heating system?

With winter coming up, I started to heat the house and for the first time the radiator pipes are starting to whistle when I heat and then shut down the system. I have a big house and I need to shut ...
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Why does my central heating unit continue to run after reaching its set temperature?

Why will the central heating unit continue to run after reaching the set temperature? It does not read that it is reaching a higher temperature, it just continues to run at the reached temperature ...
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furnace not staying on for heater!

I have a.Lennox furnace not sure of the model it was installed in the basement in 2008 also.has. a/c connected . but I noticed my house was getting a lil cold so I messed with the thermostat and it ...
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How can I make the radiator heat my room more efficiently?

In my room at Uni my radiator gets really, really hot, yet the room stays pretty cold. Is there anything I can do to make it more efficient without losing my deposit?
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Should I block or insulate my air vents for the winter?

I live in a house which consists of a 17 year old extension on a 40 something year old cottage. The two main bedrooms are the only rooms in the house with air vents. They are also two of the coldest ...
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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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Why are only 2 of the 14 posts in my radiator heating up?

I recently changed from oil heat to gas. All the radiators work in my 2 story home except for one on the first floor, which heats 2 out of the 14 posts. I changed the valve, which didn't work. Then I ...
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How far apart is it okay to set thermostat during night and day

This isn't home improvement, per se, so please feel free to let me know if there is a better forum for this. I have been told by two people, one of whom is a boiler repair technician, that it's not a ...
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How can I figure out why the low voltage furnace fuse blows on heat but not cool?

I have a Tempstar Model NTC6100KFG1 gas furnace. Furnace was working fine through the summer blowing the AC. It's been off for a month or two as we've been changing seasons here. When I went to turn ...