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Can a problem with heater stack liner cause outside chimney mortar to crack and fall out

I had "high-efficiency" furnace installed in 2009. In 2011 chimney required full grind-out and repoint job, and chimney saver solution was applied to prevent water damage. Service lasted only 18 ...
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Which should I do first? replacing furnace or resurfacing concrete floor?

I'm going to get two things done in my basement soon (by hiring professionals), but I'm wondering what the right order of operations is. One task is to replace the gas furnace that sits near the ...
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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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What is wrong with my air conditioner

I have been using my air conditioner on and off all summer. The weather hasn't been really that bad this year. But now that the weather is reaching high 80s, my air conditioner decides to die on me. ...
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What can cause an A/C to freeze up

Our A/C evaporator coil freeze up last year, so I called out a technician. He said that it was charged with the proper amount of Freon, and my problem [paraphrased] "something had narrowed the inside ...
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What are the pros and cons of a whole house humidifier?

In the winter, my house (~2500 sqft) becomes unbearably dry. Last winter, my wife and I used a tiny humidifier for the master bedroom to keep us from completely drying out, but since then I have been ...
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How much cooling can I expect from a central air conditioner?

Yesterday's high was 106.0F, low of 79.2F, full sun all day. AC set at 78F, indoor temperature reached about 85F. Today's high was 105.4F, low of 81.1F, full sun all day, now about 102 at 7pm. AC ...
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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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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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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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Need to run a “C” wire to thermostat but control board has no “C” [duplicate]

I am looking to replace a thermostat with one that needs a C wire... which my current thermostat does not. I have some extra wires in the thermostat wiring that are unused... so I went down to the ...
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How do outdoor mist-cooling A\C units fare in real-world usage?

I live in Phoenix where summer outdoor temperatures regularly exceed 110°F and humidity around 15% or lower is not uncommon. In this environment a mist system can easily pull the temperature down ...
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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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Why would my Goodman gas furnace start but not stay on for more than 2-3 minutes?

I've got a problem with my 15 year old Goodman furnace. It starts w/o problem, inductor begins working, hot surface ignitor lights up and ignites the gas. Then the main blower starts working and the ...
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What could cause a condensing units fan to stop working?

My AC unit fan stopped working suddenly. I tested the 3 pole condenser (capacitor) and the it looks OK ( 45 uf , 5 uf is what is mentioned in the spec of capacitor). I tested the resistance in the the ...
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How much less power does a three-phase A\C unit use as apposed to a 220v unit?

I'm planning to install a 5 ton central AC. I'm deciding between a condensing unit that runs on 220V and a costlier unit that runs on 207Y three-phase. My understanding is that three-phase motors use ...
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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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How do I wire an old furnace motor so I can use it as a garage exhaust fan?

Since last I posted, I moved WAY south (lil warm down here) and the house I moved into was a foreclosure so a few things needed done, namely the AC and furnace. When the guy did the job he said he ...
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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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Where should my furnace filter go in a Lennox G40UHX series furnace?

I have a Lennox G40UH(X) series furnace, which is installed in our attic (We have a single-story house on a slab). Because the furnace is installed in the attic, it is "laying down" on its side, and ...
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How can I modify a 4 wire thermostat to a new thermostat requiring c wire?

I attempted to replace my thermostat with a fancy new Trane z-wave enabled model. To my dismay my home was only wired with a 4 wire setup with no 5 hidden in the bundle. I followed Insx on the web ...
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Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal?

TL;DR: Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal? Background: I've linked a diagram of how my non-programmable thermostat is currently hooked up. I want to replace it with a ...
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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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How can I use a separate transformer to provide a C wire to my thermostat?

I Purchased the Honeywell WiFi Prog Thermostat to replace my Round Digital Honeywell Thermostat. I have separate Heating and Cooling (Heating is a Weil McLain Boiler for Hot water baseboard and Hot ...
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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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Should I install the jumper on my new limit control?

I needed to replace fan and limit control (White-Rodgers, model 5D51-35), because the fan switch was broken (fan would constantly run) and heat would not stay on. I took a picture of the control, ...
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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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Air Conditioner woes: water pooling in basement, condensation on ducts, frost on outdoor copper pipe

Can someone help diagnose what's wrong with my air conditioner? The symptoms are: the air that it is blowing is not very cold It's colder than the ambient air, but not cold enough to cool the ...
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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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How can I install a floor register in bathroom

I need to install a floor register in my bathroom (which I am currently remodeling). I plan to put one into the floor under the window where it used to be. The old register came up through the floor ...
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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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How should I evaluate my central A/C to see if it's working properly?

I was once told by a service tech that they evaluate how well the system is performing based on temperature difference between the the return and supply sides. On our first really warm day (80F+), I ...
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Would putting a sprinkler on my roof help cool my home?

Anyone ever put a sprinkler on your roof to help out your A/C on unusually hot days? Just wondering if it helps.