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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why is my Central Heating taking so long to heat up?

I'm in the UK with a small modern, well insulated, double glazed home heated by a traditional gas boiler. My heating had been achieving room stat temperature within 30 minutes but is now taking at ...
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Heat pump vs gas efficiency and comfort

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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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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What does the low limit do, and where should it be set on an oil fired hot water furnace?

What does the low limit do, and where should it be set? My furnace has a honeywell triple aquastat relay and has a difference dial. Water temp is about 190 deg F. Also, water psi gauge is only ...
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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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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 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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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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What should I do about this Alpha HE CB33 Boiler pressure error condition?

I have an alpha he cb33 boiler which has stopped working this morning. Yesterday I removed a radiator for cleaning then put it back on and re-pressurised the system. It was working ok last night. ...
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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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What is difference between BTU and MBH for house furnaces?

When selecting a new house furnace most calculators display results as BTUs (based on the square footage, number of levels, estimated temperature, etc). What's interesting is that most new furnaces ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable?

Had some roof work done last year after mother nature abused my house by way of an errant tree branch. I had always suspected my roof had poor ventilation, most notably when I wound up with a 200 lb ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my heating system only blow cold air?

My heating system only blows out cold air, not hot. I've left it on for a good 15 minutes to see if it will warm up, and I get nothing but cold air. I've even put it on Auto and waited some more, ...
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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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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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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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Best option to fix cracks in ceiling with radiant heat?

One of friends recently purchased a house with electric radiant heat in the ceiling. Several rooms have cracks in the ceiling. Currently they are redoing the kitchen which has a large crack which is ...
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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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is there a way to use a gas stove to supply hot water needs?

We've a 8kw gas stove which heats huge hallway very well. Wondering is there a way to use it to also heat our water needs (hot water tank very nearby). I'm not a diy type but jus trying to avoid ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 ...