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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.
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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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Are there any ductless mini split systems that offer standard HVAC wiring controls?

Have been looking for in the US a ductless mini split heat pump system something like the Mitsubishi Electric Mr. Slim that uses a non proprietary wiring scheme for its wall mounted thermostats. ...
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How can I connect two indoor ductless A/C's to one compressor?

I have one Hitachi i-clean split AC 2ton unit installed in my home. I want to connect another indoor ductless unit to the already installed outdoor compressor. I only need to use one indoor unit at a ...
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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 type of regular maintenance should I be doing on my central air conditioning unit?

I have not done any maintenance on my central air conditioning system since I bought my house five years ago. Everything seems to be running fine but is there some sort of maintenance I should be ...
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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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Is there a trick to getting round HVAC duct pieces to fit together

I have been doing some basic HVAC duct work as part of a remodeling project and I can never get the pieces to fit together without massive amounts of elbow grease and mangling the ends. Is there some ...
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Why is my air conditioner tripping the circuit breaker?

Our air conditioner recently stopped blowing out cold air. When I went to check on it, I noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. We had had problems with ants in the contacter in the past, ...
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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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Dust reduction and removal?

I have a room with west facing windows (I dont think the direction bears any importance to this question), but for some reason this room seems to accumulate dust on surfaces a lot faster than other ...
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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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Should I insulate air conditioner coolant pipes?

I recently replaced some rotted insulation on the coolant pipe that runs out of my AC unit and into the evaporator in my house. When cleaning inside the actual AC unit itself I noticed that the ...
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Is my vent cap big enough for my vent hood?

I have installed a 900 CFM island vent hood. It works properly, but it doesn't vent as quickly as I would expect. The ducting is only 18" and straight out (and up) through the roof, so that's not ...
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Do thermostat-controlled, auto-adjust HVAC vents exist?

The residential forced-air HVAC systems I have seen are controlled by a single thermostat in one room. One has to manually adjust the vents in order to adjust the temperature in other rooms. Is ...
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What could be causing our air conditioner circuit breaker to keep tripping?

Our air conditioner circuit breaker marked "AC", is tripping frequently after the AC unit works for a while. Sometimes as long as an hour or more and, sometimes as short as few minutes. We were told ...
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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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Is it possible to use my window A/C unit without actually installing it in the wall?

So, here's the dilemma. I want to install a window unit in my garage. I know how to do this, but my wife isn't supportive of the idea because we are trying to sell the house currently. Anyways, ...
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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

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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How can I repair my imitation fire coal bed?

The coal bed beneath my imitation gas fire has cracked. (It is vermiculite type of material) The part is obsolete, so can it be repaired or can I get hold of a block that I could shape or sculpt to ...
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What to do about different rooms in the house being a completely different temperature?

I moved into a 30 year old home last December. There is a problem with the HVAC. I have included a very crude drawing of the floor plan The problem is that I can't maintain a comfortable ...
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How to fit 4" rigid aluminum duct vent in between walls when there is an angle brace?

I want to do what these people have done here: The problem is I have bracing going diagonally and it is not leaving enough space for the 4" aluminum duct vent. Can I saw the bracing off for the ...
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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," ...
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How to wire a new Honeywell RTF6580WF thermostat to replace a Chronotherm IV?

I have an old Honeywell Chronotherm IV thermostat that I am trying to replace with a Honeywell RTF6580WF wifi thermostat. I have a gas furnace and an air conditioner. Wiring for Chronotherm IV ...
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What steps are required to convert R-22 Freon to a new R-410A Puron system?

I am house hunting in Houston. Every 2000-2004 house we've seen so far uses old A/C Unit and coils for R-22 Freon and not the newer R-410A Puron. Reference: ...
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Can I rerpalace only the booster motor on a booster assembly for DGAT furnace?

This furnace did not have a problem until the service man oiled the booster motor recently. 1-2 weeks later the booster motor bearing began squealing, and I found 2 tbs. of oil below the motor. The ...
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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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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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Is Flex Duct Safe To Use In A Crawl Space?

The home I purchased has a crawlspace below an addition that was put on to the original structure. The HVAC contractor that did the work ran 2 long runs of flex-duct to the 2 registers in the room of ...
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I have just reset furnace due to a trouble code, what should I monitor or re-do over the next few days?

My furnace was throwing a trouble code. The code was 31 and for my manufacturer (Bryant) and others thats is a pressure switch code. I was able to resolve this code and get my heat back on simply by ...
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Why are almost all of my house's HVAC floor registers placed near exterior windows?

My current house is a single story built over a crawlspace and all the HVAC registers are in the floor. In all of the larger rooms, at least one (and usually more) register was placed near an exterior ...
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How can I prevent my furnace exhaust pipe from freezing?

My furnace keeps on turning off because my air intake freezes. The reason it freezes up is because my neighbors exhaust vent blows directly on it. What can I do to prevent this?
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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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Which way does the air flow through my furnace?

Below is my furnace and I need to change the filter however I am unsure which way is the airflow direction. Red or Blue?