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The hot water is working but the radiators will not heat up!

We have a Utica Boiler model number SFH4150WT and we are receiving hot water but the radiators do not heat up!!. We tried bleeding the radiators, they only heated up a little bit but after about 5 min ...
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Testing the exhaust of a natural gas furnace?

I recently had maintenance performed on my natural gas forced-air furnace. During this maintenance, the technician went outside and used an electronic handheld device with a wire-attached probe to ...
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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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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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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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Adding a “C” wire for a wireless theromstat [duplicate]

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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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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Zoned oil furnace and AC thermostat question

I recently moved into a new home and wanted to replace the old thermostats with digital Honeywell ones. From what I understand the home has a Rheem 10 Seer (1996) compressor and a Williams oil furnace ...
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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 dampen/...
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How can I install a furnace register in a kitchen-cabinet toe kick?

I'm planning to install new kitchen cabinets. I'll be covering up the kitchen's existing sidewall diffuser with new cabinets, so I'd like to relocate it to a new register in the toe kick of the sink ...
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Bathroom, dryer and central vac - Can any of the exhausts be combined, and can any use the same penetration?

I have these three units within 5 feet of eachother. The place where the bathroom vents to is the only place within reach to have a penetration to outside. My options are to stack these three ...
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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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How can I tell if my bathroom ceiling vent is working properly?

Seems to take the vent forever to clear shower vapor from room. I purchased a vent that had a good rating. It is vented to the outside. How do I know if it is working properly and actually venting to ...
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Can I connect two separate ducts systems together?

My apartment, which I own, is split upstairs by two hallways. Each hallway has its own A/C unit, to cool 6 single person rooms each. Recently the south side A/C broke. I have called the repairmen out ...
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Reducing air conditioner compressor vibration noise

I have a two year old Carrier air conditioner with an outdoor condenser. The condenser sits on a plastic pad on the side of my house, and I have two--one for downstairs and one for upstairs. ...
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How do I troubleshoot my central A/C?

It's 79 outside right now. It's been running for hours and it's remaining 79 inside. I'm in a brand new 2 story home in Monroe, OH. It has rained a lot recently but I just feel like it should be ...
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Why doesn't my A/C get power when using the alternate C-wire thermostat hook-up method?

I changed my old Honeywell thermostat for a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I installed it just as the directions stated. I used the alternate C-wire method as the old unit did not have one. ...
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How do I size a wall sleeve for a through-the-wall air conditioner?

We are shopping for a through-the-wall air conditioner. We do not currently have a hole in the wall with a sleeve in it. We are trying to figure out what sleeve to buy. The air conditioner we like ...
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What's causing my draft inducer to stay on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency, gas furnace in my home. I recently realized that my draft inducer, which normally kicks on before the burners and before the main blower, is not stopping. ...
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How can I add a common “C” wire to my thermostat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Options for adding ā€œCā€ wire to thermostat I recently bought the Honeywell THM5320R Wireless thermostat. After going to hook it up I found what many others have, it ...
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How can I properly drain heatpump condensate?

I have a heat pump in the attic That drains to the ground outside two floors below. I naively added a hose fitting so I could redirect the water where I wanted it, slightly up hill. This created a ...
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What's the most cost effective way of ventilation automation given no prior knowledge in the field

I have 3 fans for air inflow, and 3 fans for extract, all in one big hall. Currently I set the power of their motors with dimmers myself, looking at CO2 and temperature readings. I want to replace ...
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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. This causes the thermostat ...
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How to connect Nest in Europe

I found a question regarding the Nest thermostat here. But that is only a question "Will it work?". Thanks to that I know it WILL, the problem is...HOW. I know the wire naming conventions are ...
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Is it normal for the A/C to be dripping from top pvc that's coming from attic?

I thought I remember being told that water should drip (condensation) from the bottom pvc that comes out of the house but it should never drip from the top pvc. I thought he told me that if it ...
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Can you vent electric dryer into furnace return?

I've got an electric dryer currently vented outside: Behind the door to the right is our heat pump furnace: I was thinking about, during the winter, venting the dryer (properly filtered for lint) ...
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Mount horizontal 6" metal exhaust pipe to wall economically?

I'm trying to add more ventilation to the back room of my garage. The only available outside air exit location is 25' horizontally along the front room of the garage's wall. I have 6" 30ga sheet ...
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reclaiming exhaust from 'on demand water heater'

Is there some way to recover the heat which is lost through the exhaust system from a 'on demand water heater' ?
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HVAC supply vent noise: how to eliminate the whistling wind tunnel?

Every time the heat turns on (rented house), we are getting choked with too much dry hot air in our small room. When I try to close the supply vent it produces a really loud whistling noise. I either ...
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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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HVAC Drain Pipe Broken inside Wall

Can I get to the drain pipe through the drywall inside the house? When attempting to dissemble my exterior drain pipe (lower main pipe), I broke something inside the wall and subsequently there is ...
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Water dripping out of small pvc pipe in soffit of house

Yesterday was an extremely hot day here in SoCal with temperatures around 100F. The AC unit had been turned off during the daytime and at nighttime we turned it on to cool down the house. A few ...
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Cooling radiators in summer?

How efficient would it be to use radiators circulating with cold water, to cool house in summer? Wondering if anyone has tried this, and how well it works? I was thinking about H/AC in general, and ...
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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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One portable air conditioner - want to use it in two rooms

I have a Kenmore portable air conditioner model - 408.72012. this particular model can be housed on the outside of the building and the A/C air is vented into the inside space (normally through a ...
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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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How do I connect a WiFi thermostat to my furnace's primary control?

I would like to install a Honeywell WiFi controlled thermostat to connect to a Honeywell R7184U primary control. My question concerns the "C" wire. The R7184 has the terminals labeled 1, 2, 3 and 4 ...
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What is required to recharge refrigerant in a built in ICE CAP Air conditioner that cannot be moved?

My apartment has a built in air conditioner unit. The brand is ICE CAP and it doesn't look like there is any way to remove it as its built into the cabinet frame that has an external exhaust outside. ...
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AC Condenser Fan Won't Spin and Overheats But Can Be Kickstarted

Symptoms: AC kicks on, but blows warm air Found issues: AC kicks on and AC condenser appears to turn on (makes noise), but the fan won't spin. A few seconds later, the condenser fan motor overheats (...
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Electrical Disconnects for condensing unit

What year did the NEC code require electrical disconnects to be installed at HVAC condensing unit?
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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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Furnace Fuse Blows Immediately

This afternoon, our Ruud furnace suddenly stopped working. After poking around a bit, I realized that the 3A fuse on the control board had blown. I ran to the hardware store and replaced it, but no ...
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Downsides to staple up radiant heat, besides cost?

I'm considering doing a radiant heat retrofit into my home and removing an older forced air system. The plumber is proposing a staple up from the basement into aluminum plates with PEX tubing with a ...
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Problem- air condition- compressor and fan outside not on

I'm new to hvac. My ac was working fine but it decided to die one day. I've been able to fix my ac, but it continues to happen(the same problem), and it is not easy to get to the ac (it's on the roof)....
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Ac unit set on 74

My central air is set at 74. Yesterday and today, the house was up to 80. It has been very hot outside(90). Would this affect my ac unit?
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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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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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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What size breaker and wire do I need for central air conditioning?

I am getting ready to hang drywall in my basement but before I do that, I need to run wire from the main panel upstairs to the future location of the central AC furnace through the basement ceiling ...