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How can I adjust a whole-house ventilation bathroom exhaust timer?

We have a home built in 2008 in west-central Minnesota. As a cost-saving (I perceive it as such, and may be mistaken) measure to fulfill air quality and venting code, the builder set up an upstairs ...
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What could cause a flame sensor to stop working so frequently?

Over a year ago after a month in our new house, we came back one evening to a cold home and after some googling, I found out that the flame sensor was dirty and the furnace was starting the flame and ...
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Can ultrasonic humidifiers be used in a bypass setup for a whole house humidifier?

My home is about 3000sqft, with lots of high ceilings. I'm having trouble keeping the relative humidity up in the winter. When it gets down to 10F outside, the RH drops down as low as 25%. This is ...
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Adding an on/off switch for my furnace fan

Here is my situation, I want to be able to run the blower on my furnace during the summer so that the cool basement air can be circulated thought the house. I live in an old house and the thermostat ...
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Whole house humidifier - can you use a steam/mist with a heat pump?

Just moved into my new house and first time with an electric furnace and forced air with a heat pump (rheem) - and immediately we noticed that our skin is super dry and cracking. I was looking into ...
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HVAC ducts ready for finished basement?

I'm starting to finish my basement. Before I do so, I want to be sure the ductwork is sufficient to keep it warm during Colorado winters. The basement was finished when we moved in, but gross, so we ...
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Adding outside wood boiler to oil furnace

I am adding an outdoor wood burner (water stove) to my home. Water to air heat exchanger plumbed into existing ductwork for oil burner. What are my options for running the oil burner's fan WITHOUT ...
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What could be causing my gas fireplace to shut off?

I have a gas fireplace that is 4 years old, that shuts off after a couple of minutes. The pilot lights ok, then the burners turn on and work fine for about 3 minutes. After that the entire fireplace ...
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Gable venting a bathroom fan and kitchen range hood

I am planning on venting my bathroom fan and the range hood in my kitchen out the gable end of my house in separate runs. The gable end is above a gable roof, so I am hoping for some recommendations ...
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Can I move second-floor duct-work from the floor to the attic

I have a two story home that sits on a slab. There is some duct work that runs through the slab. I have some duct work that runs through the ceilings of the first-floor and points towards the floor of ...
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How can I move hot air from a cathedral ceiling to colder bedrooms?

My main living room has a 25 foot cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan including a staircase going to the second story bedrooms. The thermostat is situated in this space. There is space to install a ...
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Can we capture the hot, humid air from a gas-powered clothes dryer during winter?

During winter we run a gas-powered heater and evaporative humidifier to maintain indoor air quality. Meanwhile, every day (big family!) we run a gas-powered clothes dryer which dumps hot, humid air ...
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will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors?

will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors? is using a proper ventilation system equivalent to having all your windows open without any ...
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What could be causing my Lennox furnace to blow cool air?

My Lennox outside furnace is blowing cool air, not hot even when the burner is lit. It takes 3 times longer to heat the house than it should. I just had the draft motor replace about a month ago and ...
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Does anyone have experience with small heat-recovery air exchangers?

I know there are units made which are supposed to be sized for use in a residential kitchen, as a more efficient replacement for the usual vent hood (bring air in to replace air blown out, but ...
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Can I cap the air return in my unfinished basement?

I noticed today that there is a massive air return in my unfinished basement. The opening is about 2 meters from the blower, and as large in diameter as the return duct coming from the upstairs. This ...
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Can changing the fan speed on a forced air heating system reduce the sound heard in each room?

We recently converted to gas heat. Now, when the heat turns on, there is very loud blowing in almost every room. My Carrier Infinity fan speed is set to "Auto." I was told there is nothing to do ...
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Why did my central heat shut down?

I did maintenance and turned on the electric heater switch on thermostat to Central Unit. It came on just fine and warmed up the house and shut off automatically. But it never came on again. The a/c ...
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What is the smell coming through my HVAC system?

If I leave the furnace fan always running for an extended period of time (to circulate and filter the air), when the central AC turns on there is a not-so-fresh smell that is emitted through the ...
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Did I wire this thermostat properly?

Just want to make sure I have this correct: Have M1MB 070a BW heat/ac unit w/ a 710152B control board and a Coleman outside condensing unit. -Have a four wire thermostat. R,Y,G,W -Have 2 wires coming ...
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Should my Trane dual zone XB14 be short cycling?

I have a 2 yr old Trane zone dual system and it is short cycling whenever I run the ac side, I called the HVAC installer and he said that is noraml due to the fact that the temperatur is 72 degrees ...
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Could an unlevel furnace be causing noise from the blower fan?

The blower fan on my gas furnace sounds like it is hitting other metal when it turns on or off. I had it serviced and he replaced the blower run cap but it has started again after about a week. ...
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Where is my common wire on the unit?

I have 2 systems in my house, my heat is gas hot water radiator heating and A/C is a separate newer system. I'm trying to figure out if I can run a C wire off air handler from the A/C system to run ...
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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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Can I connect an additional wire to HVAC system where all the terminals are full?

I'm installing a new thermostat (ecobee Smart Si) and it requires "C" wire. I checked before I bought, and saw an unused blue wire behind my current thermostat. However after connecting everything the ...
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Why is my hydro kinetics system blowing out cold air?

I have a hydro kinetics system that is blowing out cool air when set to heat. Thermostat was replaced when I bought the house a year ago so I don't think that's the issue. Toggle switch is set to ...
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At what temperature should an unoccupied house be kept at in winter?

We are moving to a new house and unfortunately we don't have our house sold yet. I was wanting a recommendation as to what temperature to keep the furnace going @. I found a good recommendation to ...
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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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Adding a “C” wire for a wireless theromstat

I have a heat only system with two wires leading to the thermostat - red and white - and am wanting to add a wireless thermostat. The new thermostat however requires a "C" wire. Can I add a C wire?
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Which is better indirect or tankless hotwater heater

I am in the process of getting my boiler and hot water heater replaced. One company gave me a quote for a Weil McLain boiler and indirect hot water heater. Another company gave me a quote for a bosh ...
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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 do I connect a C wire to an Utica PEG112CDE steam boiler?

I want to upgrade my old mercury thermostat that I currently have to a newer programmable thermostat. This little DIY project is for my first late 1920's home that I recently purchased. I currently ...
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How can I determine what grade air filter is appropriate?

I'm trying to figure out what kind of air filter is appropriate for my house. My local home warehouse store stocks over a dozen options. The primary difference between them seems to be Microparticle ...
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How do I connect a 24v air purifier to hvac?

I have a MicroPure MX4 that the previous homeowner left behind new in the box. This is a 24v unit and needs to be hardwired. My question is can I connect the two wires to the terminal where the ...
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Is it possible to create a better temperature controlling system?

I have a two story 2.5k sq ft house with a varying degree of temperature throughout the house. The main problem is that the air coming out of vents are very weak if almost nil. Only the living room ...
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Can I install a humidifier on a horizontal duct?

I have a Honeywell whole-house humidifier (HE360A1075). Can this be installed on the horizontal ducting here on the left? It feels like it's an aluminum box under the tape. This is both gas heat and ...
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Is this HVAC capacitor dead?

HVAC system stopped blowing cold air today. Last time it did this, we gave it a 2-3 hour break, in case it was over-heated, and it came back. Today, same deal, but no cold air after a few hours. I ...
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possible HVAC Selector Wiring Solution?

I moved into my current home last winter. This house has an old zone controller MasterTrol Mark V model Mabs-V-3. UPDATE: just found that all wires connected to M? end nowhere. So I remove all the ...
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Can a furnace with a variable speed blower be used in a multistory house?

I just had an HVAC guy out to give me an estimate on a new Carrier Infinity series furnace and he said the second floor rooms will always be colder because the thermostat is on the first floor and not ...
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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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Why does my heat pump keep triggering the high-pressure cut-off?

Our Rheem heat-pump is on the fritz. It keeps triggering the high-pressure cut-off on the outdoor unit. We've had problems with this happening before, but only when the outside temperature got to ...
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Should my A/C compressor come on when I turn only the fan on?

I have a bog standard HVAC system with a Nest thermostat. When I tell the theromostat to turn the fan on for 15 minutes the A/C compressor also kicks on. Is this normal?
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How do I reinstall round 6" duct pipe in my basement?

The 6" duct pipe was removed in my basement. I am trying to put it back up, but the pieces will not go together. The pipe is no longer round, and even when i try putting pieces together that have the ...
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Central AC is Icing up, but not cooling my house

My central air conditioner isn't cooling like it used to. I noticed that the refrigerant lines entering the evaporator coil in the plenum were icing up. What might the problem be?
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Why is my A/C's breaker tripping all the others?

I noticed the A/C wasn't coming on - even the outside compressor - so I checked the breaker and the two switches that the A/C is on were tripped. At this point no other breaker was affected. I went to ...
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Furnace not working properly with digital thermostat

I have been attempting to use several different types of digital thermostats to replace my old mercury thermostat, however none of them are able to control the furnace properly. All of them are able ...
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Why is my furnace blower running at low speed?

My Payne gas furnace (PG8UAA 42091) automatically shuts down after it lights and burns for two minutes. It then gives a 33 fault code. I've done some research and some testing and have narrowed the ...
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Could a high limit switch cause the furnace blower to run continuously?

My furnace was running fine. The I noticed that the unit was blowing cold air. Checked the furnace burners and they were off. I turned off the unit on the thermostat and the blower continued to run. ...
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New condenser fan motor burned out

AC technician replaced my condenser fan (through a home warranty service). The new fan worked for 5 min and stopped working after that. the fan motor was extremely hot (180F or more) The old fan motor ...
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Is there a reason for an exterior vent not connected to anything?

I have an exterior vent on the side of my house not connected to any piping within. You can look inside and see wood/concrete/insulation into the cavity between the basement ceiling and main floor. ...