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Humidity Levels

What is a healthy and safe humidity level that I should try to keep my house at?
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Electric panel distance from windows and/or gas service entry

I can't find anything specific anywhere else, but what is the minimum distance a main electrical panel can be from a window when the panel is mounted on the outside of the house? Additionally, is ...
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Home inspection requires exhaust to attic exterior

We have sold our 1995 built home. One item that needs to be addressed is "Bathroom fans vent to attic and need to exhaust to the exterior of the attic to prevent moisture condensation in attic." I ...
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Furnace filter inserted backwards, will this cause permanent damage?

Just found out that my wife changed the last furnace filter and inserted it backwards. This was noticed after the ac was not cooling the house very well. I went outside and noticed that the coil ...
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How to connect a DIY thermostat to the HVAC System

I am building a DIY thermostat similar to this blog. I want to connect it to the HVAC system of my home. How do I do that? I found this post which is very informative but doesn't completely answer my ...
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A/C Unit Has Leaking, Has Ice Buildup

Came home yesterday to find that the house was burning up and the thermostat had automatically switched itself to heat... in the summer! We didn't know what was going on, and assumed some sort of ...
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What could cause a heat pumps line sets to be the same temperature when running?

The symptom I'm dealing with is that the heat pump system isn't cooling as much as it should. Tested it today, was about 79°F inside and outside; system was blowing air at about 73°F. ...
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How often should I run a bleach and water solution through condensate lines?

How often do you need to run a bleach and water solution through the condensate drain lines (of a heat pump) to keep the bacteria away? What are the recommended parts (e.g. 1 part bleach, 10 part ...
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What can I do to avoid tripping over HVAC drain line?

The drain tubes for the Furnace and AC run about 10 feet across the laundry room to the drain in the middle of the floor. Unfortunately this is a fairly high-traffic zone (seven people living in the ...
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Can a HVAC solve my ventilation problem?

I have a problem with my house such that with all my windows and doors closed the house smells and the air feels stale. I'm thinking of purchasing a high efficiency HVAC to vent the stale air out and ...
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Thermostat replacement

My old thermostat is a carrier t-stat and has a jumper wire between o/w2* and L I am upgrading to a honeywell wifi t-stat, should I install the same jumper wire on the new thermostat? I have an ...
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Undersized AC - Options?

Background: Our two-story house is about 3,000 square feet. When we bought it last year, it had two separate AC units, a 2.5 ton and a 4 ton. They were both old and died last month. We had them ...
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Inverter air-conditioning units or non-inverter air-conditioning units?

I want to purchase new 8-9 units of air-conditioning for my new house. For the hall, kitchen and all the bedrooms. Some people say inverter air-conditioning is only suitable if you are using more ...
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Why is my Nest thermostat not working with A/C?

I installed Nest thermostat a few weeks ago, replacing an old Lux programmable thermostat (there was nothing wrong with it). I connected 4 wires (R,W,Y and G) to the Nest. But as soon as I'd ...
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Wifi Thermostat wiring

Replacing 2 Hunter thermostats with a Honeywell RTH9580 Wifi. Neither unit has a C wire - I'm comfortable with the upstairs high efficiency unit, but the downstairs older unit has thrown me for a ...
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Can I use an unused wire as a “C” wire?

I just bought a new thermostat that is Wi-Fi enabled and it requires connection to a "C" wire. The old thermostat does not have one running to it, but there are other unused wires. The thermostat ...
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Why does the pilot light go out when the furnace is running?

Every time the furnace fires up, it blows out the pilot light. Sometimes it will run a full cycle and blow out when it shuts down, and sometimes it will blow out about a minute into the cycle. We ...
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What would cause my furnace to only work with the filter removed?

My Carrier furnace works fine without the air filter in place on the return. With the filter in place it works for a while and then stops with a complaint about "limit, or flame rollout is open" ...
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What would cause a furnace to shut off prematurely?

I've got a Carrier Weathermaker 8000 furnace that shuts off about 90 seconds or so after ignition, started doing this recently. I get flashing code "33" which indicates: The code indicates: 33 ...
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What is this name of this vent attachment next to my furnace?

What is the name of this silver vent attachment thing at the bottom of the picture? It is attached to the side of our gas furnace. The black part is an insulated air duct which goes to a vent ...
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Connection for range hood from 8“ circular to 10”x3.5" rectangular

I am installing a new range hood for our kitchen. The duct exhaust at the top is 8" circular, but our old vent to outside is 10"x3.5" rectangular. I see what we could usually use a register boot but ...
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air conditioning system stays on even when we turn off our thermostat

Our A/C system stays on even when we turn off our thermostat. What should we do to try to fix it?
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What are the external airflow requirements for portable and window AC units?

I have a window well in a basement where I'd like to setup a portable AC unit (~10000 BTUs). There is a cover that I need to keep in place to avoid water collecting in the window well, but I could ...
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How can I calculate the Btus needed for a single room A/C unit?

How many Btus is recommended for a room about 35 square meters? I have 2 units with 13,000 Btus each. I'm thinking it should be enough, but the room is just so-so cool. I can never say it's COLD in ...
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AC unit (turned on year round) leaves so much ice in the blower causing no cooling (pic included)

My mother has asthma and tells me she needs the AC on almost year round. The AC unit is outside the condo we own, and it connects to the coils in the heater/ventilation system. We are experiencing ...
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What size A/C unit should I install?

currently using a Goodman 24000 BTU Central air, installed in '96. it is starting to cost too much because of leakage of refrigerant. I did the size calculator thing and it recommends a 30000 BTU ...
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Swapping out circuit board on York AC?

I have a York AC unit where the circuit board is shot, so I bought a replacement circuit board (same model). The model number for the board is 031-00251C. Pictures of old circuit board: ...
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What could be causing my A/C not to come on?

I had a thermostat get hot and smell, replaced thermostat. Still not working found fuse on control board blown replaced fuse. Lights on control board indicate no problems. Replaced 18/5 cable from ...
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Is a little ice on the cooling coils ok?

This is our first summer in a new house which has central air. It was a bit hotter today than normal so the AC was running for a long time. After awhile we noticed the airflow stopped because the ...
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A/C Runs non-stop and shuts down without reaching desired temp

I have had a repair man out 4 times and he says he can't find anything wrong with the unit. I cannot even feel air coming out of the diffusers unless I climb on a chair and put my hand right next to ...
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Why don't programmable thermostats automatically switch between “Cool” and “Heat”?

While I can set my house to be a particular temperature, I still have to manually switch it between "Heat" and "Cool" mode, and this seems to be true of every thermostat (programmable or not) that ...
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What causes a HVAC control transformer to overheat?

I recently replaced my 24 volt HVAC control transformer. The outside unit started up including the air handler and ran for maybe 10 minutes. After the units shut down I noticed that the transformer ...
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What are these two pipes coming out of the house?

I am trying to figure out the purpose of a couple of pipes that are currently coming out of the house. First, a couple of notes: One-story house. HVAC system is in the attic. It is winter here. ...
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Can I fill this AC line inlet with expanding foam?

I think the PVC inlet for my AC lines is a possible entryway for mice getting into my attic. Is there any reason I shouldn't fill it with expanding foam to seal it off? Or is there a better, less ...
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Will high efficiency furnace plumbing lead to cold air entering the house?

At the outside wall of my house I can see two white PVC round tubes/pipes, I understand one is for sucking air from outside, and one is for furnace blowing warm air to outside - correct? We are ...
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how do I keep leaves and foreign objects out of the top of my a/c unit?

Is it possible to make a lid that is light enough for the air coming off the fan to raise it attached with hinges so it drops back down when not in use. This would keep debris from getting inside, yet ...
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How well does a single A\C unit provide 2 zone cooling?

My 2,900 square foot house currently has two separate AC systems (one upstairs, one downstairs). They're both very old and need to be replaced. One of the four HVAC salesman that provided quotes ...
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Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?

I want to control a bathroom exhaust fan with a wall timer, and a 24 vac relay. Basically both switches would be wired in parallel. Is this safe to do?
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Why won't HVAC supply stores sell directly to the public?

I am quite shocked that every store in my very large metropolitan area that sells HVAC supplies requires purchasers to have HVAC contractors license. Which makes it very difficult for a very ...
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Can I install whole house humidifier in AC ducting?

Just grabbed 2 Honeywell whole house humidifiers: HE360A1075. It's the best model Lowes has and recommends. I have 3 floors and a basement in an old (1890s) victorian house. We have cast iron ...
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How to maintain temp for always cold office in finished Basement

I work out of my home in an office in our finished basement. The room is always cold whether it's the middle of winter or the middle of summer. I often run a cheap space heater (especially) in the ...
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Need help running and connecting a 'C' wire to my new thermostat [duplicate]

I have a Laars gas boiler that has 3 heating zones; basement, 1st floor, and 2nd floor. I want to replace the old mercury honeywell tstats on the 1st and 2nd floor with newer honeywell RTH9580 wifi ...
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How should I attach a C wire on my chromalox boiler?

I have a chromalox canada boiler model EDB-2. Recently I purchased a wireless honeywell transponder and thermostat, and am trying to install them. I currently have W and R wires but am missing a ...
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Can forced central air be retrofitted with central humdifier?

Several homes I'm considering have central air conditioners, but radiators or baseboard heaters. Is it possible to use the A/C ductwork to provide humidity to the home? I assume most central ...
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How can I reduce the noise from an HE boiler vent?

I have a HE boiler that is direct vented out the side of my house on the neighbors side, they find the 'roar' of the exhaust to be very annoying. Have anyone tried troubleshooting these to ...
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How to Calibrate a Make-Up-Air Controller?

My home is equipped with a make-up air line intended to bring some outside air to mix it with indoors air prior conditioning by the furnace. I am not sure why this is necessary but my question is ...
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Resources for designing new HVAC [closed]

Our house is a bungalow with full basement and is currently heated via electrical baseboard heaters in every room. I'm converting this to a central air system heated by a gas furnace, and possibly ...
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Should I remove existing drywall before framing a wall around HVAC ducts?

My friend has soft AC ductwork running up an interior wall. He wants to build a wall around it to hide the ductwork. My idea is to pack out the wall by nailing in framing between the ductwork right ...
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Quieting cold air return vent

My gas furnace is in a dedicated "closet" inside the utility room. The closest cold air return is about 5' away (laterally) in the ceiling of the hallway right by the bedrooms. When the furnace ...
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Wireless Thermostat C-Wire Substitute

I've read How can I add a "C" wire to my thermostat? and checked out the Venstar Add-A-Wire Accessory. I've watched Honeywell's YouTube video on "DIY Wi-Fi Thermostat Substitute G-Wire for C-Wire," ...