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What are the two pipes coming out of the back of my outside air conditioner?

On the back of my air conditioner there are two pipes: One is covered with insulation and one is bare pipe. What is the purpose of these pipes?
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Changing Trane Baystat240a to another thermostat

I want to change my current thermostat to a programmable electric one (no batteries). Could someone verify if it does have a common wire and if all wiring could fit modern thermostats? Looking at the ...
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Need to know where to connect my C wire [duplicate]

I had the extra wire in the wires run from my thermostat to my A/C, but the old thermostat did not need the C wire, so it was cut and stuff on both ends. While installing the new thermostat I ...
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Why “W” (heat contactor) and “E” Aux Heat connected in Thermostat

I'm trying to update my thermostat to one that has a scheduling feature. My plan is to just copy how it was hooked up in an old 129N Thermostat from Armstrong however, I can't figure out why the "W" ...
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How much refrigerant in an average 12 cu. feet freezer?

How much refrigerant goes into a 12 cu.ft chest freezer? On the nameplate it says ______POUNDS ___16___OZ (nothing written in front of pounds) is there really only 16 ounces of refrigerant in those ...
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When is a variable-speed compressor HVAC unit worth the cost?

Surprise, its summer and our AC broke down. We were quoted prices for installation of the current standard (SEER 14) AC units (about $6500 unit cost and installation) vs Trane's SEER 18 AC units ...
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G to C trick not working for cooling. Honeywell RTH9080WF

My electric furnace has no c terminal. Furnace is heat & cool both. (Lennox Electric Fan coil Model CBS18-21-3P). I installed Honeywell RTH9080WF. I switched G to C on my thermostat and got the ...
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Troubleshoot AC issue, no inside blower

I need help troubleshooting Rheem RAHE-036JAS, Armstrong G1N80AU125D20C-1, Honeywell ST9160B 1068 Board, Honeywell SV9520H 8034 Gas Valve. About a week ago, AC and Heat were working fine. After ...
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Difference in total pressure when HVAC system is on or off

This is a follow up question to one that I asked here. I am measuring the total pressure at the registers (all registers are open) with the BMP180 pressure sensor and somehow they don't change very ...
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Help AC question

We purchased a home last year, at one time it was zoned with separate AC units upstairs and down. Well a past owner took out the upstairs unit but left the blower in the attic, there is duct work ...
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A/C still blows when unit is off.

Our A/C is turned off but we still get cold air coming out of the vent diffusers. This is from our downstairs unit. Is that a problem?
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Who do I hire to design my home HVAC system?

Preface I need to buy a new HVAC system for my 1930s home. I currently have forced air duct system. My gas furnace was installed in 1985 and is rusting out, and I'm not sure about the air ...
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How to repair pierced refrigerant line in chest freezer?

My idiot friend was screwing brackets inside an ice cream freezer with self-tapping screws, and one of the screws pierced a copper line containing refrigerant. Apparently it made a crazy hissing sound ...
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Duct static pressure vs ambient air pressure

I've read that air handlers are typically rated for 0.5 iwc. Doing a simple conversion, this comes out to about 125 Pa. Is this with reference to the ambient air pressure? So, if I had an absolute ...
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Can I move an attic furnace downstairs

I love the single unit HVACs. I hate the unit in the attic - it has leaked so many times. Now that I am ready to replace the attic unit, I was wondering if I could have the same setup as my 1st floor ...
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HVAC 3A fuse shorting on cool

I recently came back from a trip, and the thermostat was still working. On turning the AC on, the wall-powered thermostat decided to die. Upon investigating in the attic, I noticed the 3A fuse had ...
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A/C Air Handler Leaking Water Everywhere

I have a relatively old air handler that has worked fine for many years. Just recently, it started leaking water everywhere, and it seems to be seeping from inside the base of the air handler itself ...
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Can I pump down an Air Conditioner myself?

We are planning on having a new concrete patio poured in a couple of weeks and need to move our AC unit to make way for the slab. Is it possible for a layman to pump down the coolant and move the ...
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Can I add another heat run to my furnace?

I'm looking to add a bedroom to the basement and would like to add a heat run to the new room (return air will occur through an opening between the ceiling joists). This seems easy enough, but I ...
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How to fill / seal in-slab hvac ductwork?

My house is built on a slab. Within the slab are "channels" which act as ducts for the HVAC system. I assume it is partially lined with metal but based on photos from an HVAC-cleaner, it's hard to ...
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How to fix uneven central heating and air?

My central heating and air conditioning system does not heat my home evenly. Half of the house gets significantly warmer / cooler than the other half. I have tried adjusting the registers, but to no ...
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Will a Carrier heat pump generate hot air in the heat mode if the compressor is bad?

The heat pump works ok in putting out heat, but puts out hot air in ac mode as well. Had an hvac tech look at it. He replaced the capacitor and said the compressor was bad. Can the heat pump put ...
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Adding dual zone capability to an existing HVAC system in a house with existing 2 zone manual ducting

I have a house that has existing dual zone ductwork in place (separate ductwork for the upstairs and downstairs) that has manual dampers. I recently replaced the HVAC system with a new geothermal unit ...
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Can't get my AC to turn on at all

Recently our AC stopped working. The thermostat is working properly, but the unit just started blowing hot air. I've never worked on a AC before, but I was trying to save some money. Anyway started ...
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Where does the C wire connect in a dual transformer system?

When wiring a common ground (C wire) for a dual transformer system, does it matter which transformer you connect the ground too? I'd assume that the ground on either transformer would serve as a ...
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Troubleshooting pressure error code for Trane XV80

I have a ~7 year old Trane XV80. Recently, it started throwing up the pressure error code (3 flashes). Inducer fan would start, but the burners wouldn't light. Being lazy, I would basically power ...
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Can I connect two wires to a single screw terminal in my HVAC system?

I am installing a new honeywell WiFi thermostat but the old battery operated thermostat had batteries and no "C" wire. I look at both the thermostat and the air handler and found an extra un-used blue ...
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No “C” terminal on Trane air handler [duplicate]

I am installing a new honeywell WiFi thermostat but the old battery operated thermostat had batteries and no "C" wire. I look at both the thermostat and the air handler and found an extra un-used blue ...
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Can I remove HVAC pipes after exposing the ceiling?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement and have two related questions about removing the HVAC ducts/pipes. Pictures attached here: http://imgur.com/a/qep4w 1. Is it OK to remove the ...
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Why does the outside fan stop but the blower fan continues to run?

We can have the thermostat set on 76 but wont stay 76 in house. Will come on when temperature is 79 in the house.
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Central AC Tripping Circuit Breaker (sometimes)

When my AC first turns on, it will typically trip the circuit breaker shortly after the compressor and fan start up. If I reset the breaker, and turn the AC back on, it will usually run just fine and ...
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heat pump/air conditioning wiring to thermostat

We decided to change the thermostat of our heat pump/air conditionnning unit. First 3 images are the old unit. The first 3 wires(1 and 2 picture) yellow red orange were not connected to anything, just ...
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Allergies and an economizer

I had an economizer added to my HVAC system last fall, which is fantastic for cooling my second floor down in the evenings during the shoulder seasons where the weather is cool in the late afternoon ...
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How to Change Chinese HVAC Thermostat

I am looking to put Nest thermostats in the house, I have now found out my entire house (one in each room, 6 of them) has been wired with HVAC Chinese U12A UNIVERSAL A/C CONTROL SYSTEM urrgh – they ...
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Should I convert from a rooftop to a split HVAC system?

We have a packaged HVAC on the roof and the AC needs to be replaced. It's 23 years old and dying/dead. We were considering buying just an AC and keeping the package unit running for heat. We feel ...
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Is having a branch off the end of main heating HVAC duct bad and if so, why?

Question: Is having a branch off the end of main heating HVAC duct bad and if so, why? Background: A heating and cooling contractor sales representative came to my home today. He saw the situation ...
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Should I be worried if my A/C ran with the cover on?

My wife accidentally switched on the "cool " mode and the a/c was activated, however the cover was still on the unit outside. Ran like this for about 2 hours. I noticed it and turned it off and went ...
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How to hide AC lines up against brick siding

I had this AC system installed, and didn't realize when asked about what location i'd prefer the compressor that it would look so ugly having it off the corner of the building instead of in the middle ...
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Smart Thermostat - No C-Wire - No Controller Board

This one seems to be a little different from previous questions on the subject. Here is the dilemma, I don't see a transformer. I have included a few pics. There are Three wire bundles. For ease ...
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How can I add a C wire with this unusual installation?

I recently got a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat, which requires a C-wire. I have 5-wires going to my current thermostat, with only 4 being used. So I thought adding the 5th as my C-wire was going to ...
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HVAC contactor sparks when AC kicks?

The HVAC and control board is a McQuay Mark IV. I'm not sure if I would like to try and fix this myself yet. Just trying to figure out the issue before deciding where to go. Here's the scenario: ...
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What should I do after a low-voltage wire was cut putting the furnace door back on?

I have the basic Honeywell thermostat that a lot of people have. All the thermostat wires go to the blower in the attic (for the central air). They are spliced with wires that then go to the furnace. ...
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Why would my AC turn on and off randomly?

My AC unit turns on and off randomly regardless of whether the thermostat is set on or off. I've even tried removing the batteries. Does anyone know why this might happen?
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How can I use a portable A/C unit to cool my clean room?

So, I have built a room inside my shop, a clean room for finish and airbrushing. I want to cool this room as I spend more time in it than the rest of my shop (garage) So, I get a portable unit. ...
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Appropriate register for duct size?

So I asked a long-winded version of this question in another thread, but haven't really received any good responses yet. I'm going to condense and try again... There is an 8" duct feeding a 6x12 ...
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Can I replace my draft inducer blower with a model of a slightly different speed?

My furnaces draft inducer blower sounds like a snow blower running, so I set out to replace it. Finding a replacement part proved difficult, but I found a site advertising a compatible part and ...
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Would increasing the size of the A/C duct for my kitchen improve cooling?

As part of an ongoing kitchen project, I'd like to relocate the existing a/c register in the ceiling (which is located next to an interior wall) to the center of the room and upsize the duct (and ...
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On a thermostat, are “R” and “Rh” terminals the same thing?

I have an older thermostat controlling an old ass Trane furnace with A/C. It has an "R" terminal and an "Rc" terminal (they are jumpered - see photo). I see references to an "Rh" terminal online. Are ...
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AC not cooling using heat pump

I just bought a house and this is my first experience with using a heat pump. I have put in several hours of research and understand how it works but I need someone that has experience to give me some ...
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Are there optimal positions for A/C and heat register grills to be facing?

I noticed a while ago that some of my A/C and heat register grills are facing the walls and not the room (the insides of the curves on the grills face the walls) in some rooms but not in others. My ...