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Adding vents to duct?

My house has forced air HVAC. When I finished the basement, I used a closed cell foam insulation that worked very well. The basement will get only 8 degrees cooler than the first floor during a time ...
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How to troubleshoot heat that's always on?

My boiler (Weil Mclain CGA Gold ~2003 install) failed the other day. After some help from a plumber and reading the manual, I replaced a few parts (more below) to get it running again. Now one zone is ...
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Bio-ethanol or other solution?

This question is related to Can bio fuel ethanol be used as a main heating source? In regards to the thread title, as a apartment buyer where the builder is going to implement a bio-ethanol ...
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Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
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Why would a GFCI on my infloor heating circuit trip, when an exhaust fan on a different circuit turns on/off?

I have infloor electric heating installed in our bathroom. The power is supplied by a dedicated 240V/1Ph. circuit that also feeds a couple of baseboard heaters in our bedroom. The infloor heating is ...
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De-airing / venting central heating

(Bear with me, I'm a non-native English speaker from a non-English speaking country, so my terms may be a bit off. If anything is unclear, please inform me of this and I'll attempt to clarify.) I've ...
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Water leaking in ceiling when central heating turned on

Water is dripping from the ceiling when the central heating is on. If the heating remains on the drip becomes a gush (the ceiling has fallen in under the weight of water). When the bathroom ...
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Increasing the capacity of an electric baseboard thermostat

The electric baseboard heat in my living room has a mechanical thermostat (bimetallic strip) that occasionally gets stuck in the "on" position. I'd like to replace it with a solid-state thermostat, ...
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Listed electric baseboard heaters that permit installation below outlets

Are there UL-listed electric baseboard heaters that do permit being installed below outlets? The FPN in 210.52: Informational Note: Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not ...
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Can I replace a high limit switch myself?

Thank you for the answer, can I change this myself or do I need to get the HVAC company to do this? I have turned off the breaker in the panel box so that it does not come back on. What is the purpose ...
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No heat but fan and blower continuous run

I have a Trane gas pack 1998 unit that heats with propane. The fan and blower are running, but there's no heat blowing in vents: just cold air. What is wrong?
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How can I reset my Baxi Combi Duo-Tec HE boiler after a gas supply fault error?

My boiler is giving me some real problems, for whatever reason, it's not resetting as it should. I ran out of gas last night and since ice put some on and tried to reset, it still thinks there is a ...
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What is the most energy efficient way to heat a converted garage space?

I'm looking for advice of how to best heat a converted garage space (w/ some insulation). I live in So. Cal and so the lowest winter temp at night is about 40 degrees. Normally I only need to heat ...
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What could be causing my baseboard heater to not heat up?

I have a Dunkirk Gas boiler with an Amtrol Extrol expansion tank Have a weird situation During the winter when it is very cold out, my heat does not turn on automatically. My thermostat may say 70 ...
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Why would only 1/3 of my registers be blowing warm air?

I have a Coleman gas furnace in a wall space in my house which somehow shares the blower on my a/c unit on the roof because it turns on when furnace is called to start, though it does bump up after a ...
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How do I calculate how long a furnace has to work to compensate a given temp drop?

I am trying to understand the dynamics of heating a home after the furnace size was calculated. Say you have a 60000BTU furnace to heat a 2000 sqft home. At the beginning of the heating season you ...
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What causes a heater fan to keep running?

I have a regular gas air heater that heats the whole house. It is installed in a garage. When I use thermostat to turn on the heat it works as expected. When temperature reaches set value the gas ...
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How do I calculate CFM for a structure?

This is for calculating the CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air that the blower needs to move in order to compensate the total heat loss (ventilation,infiltration,heat loss through walls, windows, ...
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Help needed to calculate the R value of a brick veneer wall (house built in 1958)?

I live in a house that was built in 1958. I am looking for the R value of my brick veneer walls. For that I would need to know how the wall was built (there should be the brick, some sheating, ...
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In England: ground or air based heat pump?

Weather is not too extreme in southern England, will not need a/c. Want to install central heating for the first time in an old Victorian house. There are no radiators, no base board units, no ...
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how to hook up 2 thermostats in series?

I have a tenant on the 1st floor who controls the thermostat. It's constantly on 80 and the 2nd floor is dying from the heat. Can I install a 2nd thermostat in the basement and limit the heat output?
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solar tubes to heat room [closed]

What if I actually WANTED to use a solar (skylight) tube to help heat a room? (WANTED because some folks have reported unwanted heat coming down the shaft to be a problem in the summer.) It struck me ...
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How do you change baseboard heater to cast iron radiator

All my heat is from cast iron radiators e xcept for one room ( third story loft). How do I change from baseboard to cast iron radiators?
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Can I put a thermostat on my wood burning furnace?

I have a wood burning furnace with its own blower. I would like to control the blower with a thermostat. Is it possible? The unit has a limit switch.
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Heat radiators not all working

I am new to this place and looking for help. Just feel that I wanna try to fix my heat system by myself rather than waiting for (really sucking) pes&g guys. Repairmen came days ago and was ...
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How much heat loss through bathroom fan vent?

My master bathroom did not previously have bathroom fan, but I installed one and have had wonderful results with keeping the steam from building up and exhausting the moist air. I am using both a fan ...
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Need help with my furnace

Why does my fan blow cold air and not stop but when I turn the air down my heating coils in my furnace seems to kick on and get real hot then kick off and kick back on please help it's freezing
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Is their a Radiator Safe expanding Foam?

So I live in an apartment building and I have a Bug problem, go figure. I have had my place spray repeatedly to try and get rid of them, but with in a few weeks there always back, worst than when the ...
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Are uninsulated steam pipes behind walls and touching beams a fire hazard?

We are getting our unfinished basement done. We have replaced and rerouted (to make more space) our steam pipes (house built in 1937) with new pipes (Black and I believe 4 inches in diameter). These ...
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Why does my Trane only blow cold air when the system is set to Heat?

The thermostat is set at Heat at about 69 but it doesn't warm up. Stays at 65. Just blowing cold air. I had someone come out to look at my Trane XB80, and he said it was probably a bad gas valve. It ...
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How can I build custom air ducts for an in-wall heater?

I have a in-wall heater just like this one: It sucks cold air from lower part of vent, heats inside, and blows it out in the upper part of the vent. Now I have the basic problem of putting a ...
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Why won't my electric baseboard heaters work?

I'm installing a 72" 240V baseboard heater in a home office. I ran 12/2 gauge wire, installed a 20 amp 2-pole breaker and 2-pole thermostat. I'm pretty good with electrical, and so I can confirm that ...
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Will enclosing my porch keep my house warmer?

Will enclosing my porches during the winter help keep my house warmer? There is a lot of wind hitting the house, and I'm afraid that is causing a drop in temperature.
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Why is my power flickering across multiple circuits?

I woke up this morning and went downstairs to find that none of the lights would come on (lights were working fine upstairs). My first instinct was thinking that a breaker had tripped, so I went to ...
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Do you have to have a thermostat for an electrical baseboard heater?

Ours didn't come with a wall mounted thermostat! So do we need to buy one?
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My gas heater relief valve keeps blowing, is the circulator installed backwards?

So I had a contractor put in a new circulator last season. Its a honeywell PC3F. I tried turning my heater on for the first time this season and the relief valve blew. I tried replacing that and ...
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Baseboard heater and thermostat trouble!

My baseboard heater in a bedroom quit working. I tried to replace it and the thermostat at the same time (both are 120v). Neither would work, so I tested my wires and this is what I got: ground to ...
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Updating thermostats to single system

I have a three floors in my house, each controlled by it's own thermostat (separate air handlers and mechanical valves on furnace). Baseboard heat. The three thermostats are controlled separately, ...
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What can I do about an old steam baseboard heating valve that wont turn?

It is currently the fall. It is cool outside but is like a sauna inside due to the heaters in my apartment. I have complained about this issue repeatedly to the building super and office. They said ...
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What could cause a Trane furnace to not start heating?

I have a newer (2007?) Trane XL90 (model: tdx2b080a9422aa)forced air gas furnace. The problem I am having is the burner and fan will not start. The thermostat is set at 67 degrees and shows it is ...
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What could cause the heat side of our split pack heating/air unit to stop working?

Our heat side of our split pack unit (runs on propane) come on and will runs little bit but then won't come on again. We can turn it off for a while and then it will run again. What could be the ...
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How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
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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 ...