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Furnace turns off power to the thermostat

When my natural gas furnace is running for a while and it gets too hot the limit switch turns off the burner. When it does this the power also gets cut to my thermostat and causes it to run on the ...
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Installing Honeywell Wifi on Ruud Furnace with G wire replacement

trying to install RTH9580. My thermostat has only 4 wires so I am trying to substitute the G wire instead of C wire. On the furnace I put a jumper between Y and G wires and moved G wire to C wire ...
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Is there a way to measure the output of a single HVAC vent?

As inspired by this previous question, is there a method or device used to measure the output of a single HVAC vent or the output of a single room? I'm imagining some sort of hood device that could ...
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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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Furnace Tries 2 or 3 times before staying on until reaching set temperature

I have noticed my furnace will cut the exhaust fan before lighting or sometimes start heating for a few minutes then stop. A few minutes later it tries again and will stay on until reaching the ...
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Limit switch doesn't function on oil furnace

my limit switch on my oil furnace does not shut off the burner when it hits the limit.I replaced the limit twice maybe I had a bad one still no luck . While furnace was running I took the thermostat ...
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Duct sizing impact on flow

We have a ranch with a wood fireplace in the living room. It's fantastic at heating the main living area, but the bedrooms down the hall get left in the cold. I'm going to install insulated flexible ...
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Payne/Carrier furnace pilot problem

The furnace blower started running constantly and I noticed there was cold air coming fromm the vents and not heat. I have a Payne (Carrier) furnace. The spark gap igniter was not throwing a spark ...
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Lenox home AC unit doesn't turn on at all, I need help

If you try to turn the out side unit from out it will turn on , but from inside it doesn't do anything. I check the fuse in the inside unit is good, check the overflow it looks good. I just can't ...
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Can I connect the R and C wires directly to the HVAC transformer?

I have a Rheem furnace and a Ecobee3 smart thermostat. I'm having a problem where the Ecobee3 randomly loses power and reboots. I've traced this back to the control board (IFC) inside the HVAC unit. I ...
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Goodman furnance Air pressure switch - faulty?

I have at least a 10 year old Goodman gas Furnance. The past couple of days the burner and blower did not come on. I do not see any indicator lights come on. The inducer comes on, but nothing else. ...
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What steps are needed before brazing attic a/c copper tubing with a leak?

Yesterday I discovered water stains on one of the air ducts in my house. I went up the attic and saw that a copper pipe cool to the touch which seems to be linked to the condenser? had a pin point ...
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calculating the size for an a/c compressor

I have been looking around and can't seem to find this anywhere. I am trying to figure out how to size an a/c compressor to an a/c system. Unfortunately I have not sized out the system, so there isn't ...
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How to power Honeywell wifi thermostat with external transformer

I want to install A Honeywell RTH 6580 WF thermostat in my garage for heat only . My heater is a simple LP gas, hanging unit heater; heat only and my thermostat has two wires labeled W and R . I ...
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How to install small damper in a duct?

I need to install a Honeywell 10x10 damper into a 11x11 duct. Options that I came up with: build an adapter to reduce duct to 10x10 (alternatively I can use 12x12 damper and build adapter to ...
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Wintertime and AC line frosted & dripping water in basement?

One line IS insulated in the exposed basement ceiling, so I am supposing this frosted & dripping line is the smaller return line? Have a dehumidifier running but the problem remains. What can I do ...
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Is there any problem with installing underfloor heating and wood flooring?

I have planned to renovate my home.I want to install underfloor heating system of Airdex for my home.I am planning to go with wooden flooring as well so will I face any kind of problems in future ...
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Optimizing heating in a heat-pump + electric resistive system

Outside, I have a LENNOX 13hpx-036-230-17 compressor: Inside, the air handler is a LENNOX CBX25UH-036-230-1: The air handler lists 36,000 BTUH cooling capacity, with r410a at 450psi, cust part ...
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Liquid line freeze up

Why would the liquid line on residential air conditioner freeze up during winter months, even though compressor isn't running? Have shut breaker off to assure outdoor unit isn't coming on.
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Would it be a bad idea to use two air filters?

The filter in our central air/heat is directly under the unit and very difficult to replace filters. Even though we use 3 month filters, we replace them monthly due to pet hair/dander. It's a pain to ...
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How does fresh air get inside a house with central heating other than through cracks of door or window on a cold winter day

I'm not sure how fresh air, or oxygen, gets inside my house other than through cracks of window or door on a cold winter day when the central heating system is on. I have a pipe that is coming from ...
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Gas Pilots going out

I have a unique problem with the gas pilots in my house. They all seem to be going out. One day I found both pilots in my fireplaces out. Didn't think much of it. I then found the pilot on my hot ...
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Replacement part for coal stove blower rheostat

I have an Alaskan coal stove and my blower rheostat broke this morning. I opened it up hoping to be able to fix the part instead of buying a whole new fan controller. Any motor controllers that I ...
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Best Way to Heat a Tri Level Home

I have a tri-level home, which is approximately 1600 sq.ft. Presently I have electric baseboard heat, with a pellet stove on the main level. I am looking to upgrade to a better, more centralized ...
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Is ice on ERV door normal?

My ERV is forming ice and condensation on the top of the door and on top of the unit (presumably because the fresh air intake is on that side). The outside tempersture hit about 1 degree F today. ...
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Connecting condensate pump to sewer

My AC condensate pump currently pumps through a vinyl tube directly outside my house. However, I just replaced my broken home humidifier and realized that the previous one never had its drain properly ...
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How to Lower the Ouptut of Oversized Furnace

Questions I would like to lower the output capacity of my furnace if possible. How can I do this? Is it worth doing, or should I just live with it? Is there an easy way? Some ideas: replace burner ...
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How to remove ice buildup from window air conditioner

My fan froze on my AC unit in my bedroom window. I was able to move the inside one when it froze, but this one is on the outside. Should I spray hot water on it to get it to move? I was going to use a ...
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Pilot lights, but main burners don't on furnace with no flame sensor

I have a Rheem furnace in my house. It recently stopped working. It is the type where the pilot is not always on. Anyways, the ignition will kick in, and the pilot lights just fine. However, the ...
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Cost of adjusting the thermostat

Is it more cost effective to (1) play with the thermostat by lowering it at times that you're not home or needing the heat and raising it back later or (2) leaving the temperature on a set amount and ...
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Do all HVAC units have a drain line?

I have a rental unit and I can not find a condensation drain line on the home heating unit. The unit is old and my question is do all heating units have a condensation drain? Thank you
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Why would my heat pump AUX be kicking on with 1 degree change?

So this is weird, and I literally just noticed it today. I have a Honeywell 5-1-1 Day Programmable Thermostat – RTH6450D. That works fine, I have a heat pump system (Carrier 2-ton). Today for some ...
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What is the correct way to seal/flash coolant lines through T1-11 siding?

Our contractor installed an AC compressor and did a poor job of it. He ran the AC coolant lines through the middle of the wall and then just squirted some expanding foam into the hole, like so: ...
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HVAC Contractor Didn't Install Drip Pan

I recently got the A/C unit and furnace in my basement replaced. When the company came out to do the quote, they stated that they thought I should have a drip pan, and the proposal that they gave me ...
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Bedroom not getting enough heat

I have a dedicated HVAC unit for the rooms on the second floor of my house. A bedroom at the opposite side to where the HVAC unit sits doesn't get enough AC or heat. Right now, in winter, that room ...
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Can a furnace safety limit switch with manual reset be changed out with an auto reset switch?

I have a Ruud natural gas furnace from 1987. Overall it works well. I've had my home warranty service send out an HVAC tech a couple times for the high limit switch needing to be reset. It's a manual ...
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It sounds like water dripping when heat runs [closed]

We have a humidifier and I have shut that off but still hear the sound when the heat runs...anybody know any other possible solutions It's is a carrier weather maker 8000vs energy efficient gas ...
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Add a c-wire to 25+ year old Rheem furnace

I've looked at just about every post on adding a C-wire to power a WiFi thermostat but remain uncertain on how to proceed. The current installation on a Rheem RGAC-080A is two wire as here: XFMR - ...
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Repairing a rip in my hvac vent

A small section of canvas fabric connects the duct coming out of my furnace to the rest of the house. I noticed that there's quite a large rip in this fabric. Would it be best to use standard foil ...
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Aprilaire 560 repair

My Aprilaire 560 humidifier will do a bang click many times before it turns the blower on. I replaced the solenoid valve with a new factory part and it still does the same thing. What next?
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Why is my booster fan pulling cold air from outside?

This is my first winter in a house with an oil-heated, forced air system. I noticed my wall vents were pushing out warm air, but the floor cold air return vents were pushing out cool air. I followed ...
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Where can I find a user manual for the Honeywell 32207455 thermostat?

How can I obtain a manual for the subject thermostat? There seems to be no manual on the internet. We are trying to adjust the system and run into several questions.
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time delay adjustment on Rheem elect furnace

Upon a call for heat the blower motor starts too soon resulting in cool to cold air coming out of the ceiling registers until heat strips start heating up.Wires coming from thermostat connect to ...
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goodman furnance just keeps runing no heat why

recently i have had problem with my goodman furnance all it seems to do is blow air on very low speed and does not seem to stop furnance just keeps running i replaced limit switch work fine but after ...
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How to wire programmable thermostat that doesn't have an E termimal

I am trying to replace a manual with programmable thermostat that is missing emergency heat (E) terminal. There are bits and pieces of information I have gathered but am still not clear. Can I leave ...
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How to HVAC service 3 floors without ducts in roof?

This is a little simplified, but not too much. I have architects and plans for a a two story house plus a basement. The house is about 80 feet by 20 feet with all stories extending the whole ...
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New Thermostat Ecobee3 to Old Galaxy GG-75 boiler - Needs common wire

I would like to replace my old thermostat with a new Ecobee3 thermostat. HVAC system is a Slantfin Galaxy GG75 boiler - single zone. (No air conditioner.) Current set-up has only a red and white ...
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HVAC - hot air flowing on both zones when only 1 zone should be on

I have 2-zone forced air heating, with separate thermostats for each zone. Normally, if the thermostat in zone 1 triggers the system to go on, the heat will only blow through the vents in zone 1. ...
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Could my New Hot Water Tank be improving my Furnace

I've gone thru 2 blower motors in my furnace in 3 yrs. Techs don't know why. I purchased a New Water Tank recently and it seems strange but my furnace is working better. Usually I could hear noises ...
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Furnace fan works properly intermittently

My furnace fan sometimes stays on and runs continuously. I can stop it by flipping the breaker for the furnace on and off. It then stays off. When heat is called for, the fan comes on again and ...