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Can I use a power gable fan and ceiling louver vents to pull cool air into my house?

I live in L.A. We only have really hot weather 5-10 days a year and it usually cools off at night (outside). I also have a large Gable vent in my attic. (recently added with addition) I would like ...
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How should I wire a Trane air handler & heat strips?

Looking for validation or correction on my understanding of requirements for wiring 5 ton Trane air handler with 20kw heat strips. Of course, I read the label and identified that there are (2) 240v ...
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Good replacement actuator?

I have 2 Belimo actuators that control dampers for A/C ducts in my house that the motor has gone bad on. I can't find much info about the model "LM24-T US" so I think it has been discontinued. I ...
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Sound proofing HVAC ducts

We have an HVAC system in our house where the duct work is all sheet metal with no insulation on the interior of the ducts as all of it is buried under inches of foam roofing insulation. Works great. ...
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How can I use a WeMo controller on a non-standard outlet?

I have an older A/C unit that uses a 6-15p plug. I want to be able to remotely control the unit with a WeMo, but it uses a 5-15r receptacle and plug. The A/C unit says its rated for 208V, and I ...
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Can I cap the air return in my unfinished basement?

I noticed today that there is a massive air return in my unfinished basement. The opening is about 2 meters from the blower, and as large in diameter as the return duct coming from the upstairs. This ...
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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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Does my crawl space need venting

I have a crawl space under my main entrance of the house. It's about 3' tall. I added a heat duct because the floor at the entrance was always cold. So my question is do I need to vent the crawl space ...
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ductless AC split systems?

Does anyone have the ductless split AC systems offered by Mitsubishi, etc.? Is installing them a DIY job? Can you share your comments about them, in general? Edit: Inspired by DA01 comment, I'd ...
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How can I determine what grade air filter is appropriate?

I'm trying to figure out what kind of air filter is appropriate for my house. My local home warehouse store stocks over a dozen options. The primary difference between them seems to be Microparticle ...
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How to diagnose a broken Aprilaire humidifier (Model 600)?

I have an Aprilaire Humidifier Model 600 (or maybe 600M) mounted on my furnace. The humidifier is not turning on (i.e. letting water flow over the filter) when the furnace is on. The below images ...
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How well do whole house humidifiers work?

We are moving to an area where it gets cold and snows in the winter. We come from a desert area where it is never very cold except for the dead of winter, and where we use the heater very seldom. We ...
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Is it possible to add a “C” wire to my electric heater?

I bought a Wifi Thermostat but my old thermostat did not have a Common Wire. I can't use any of the swapping the G for the C solutions because I have an electric heater. I was told by Honeywell that I ...
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Should I be concerned about fridge/freezer airflow?

We just recently had the following counter/cabinet system put into our basement family room. After everything was done, I started to get concerned about airflow. The enclosure was built in such a ...
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How can I prevent my HVAC condensate drain line from freezing?

Last night, my heat (forced air) suddenly stopped. Today, a plumber figured out that my heater is 90% efficient, produces lots of condensate, and the drain line had frozen. We went outside and saw ...
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Decrease dust in an old house, forced air

My house was built in 1940. I have noticed the forced air pushes out a lot of dust. This is evident from lint collecting on the bathroom vanity below a vent. It only collects lint during Summer and ...
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What to look for in central air installation?

I'm having an HVAC company install a York central air unit in my house today, and I'm wondering what things I should be looking for in the quality of the installation? Existing York central heating ...
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Solution for fiberglass ducts that have collapsed in basement?

I have two furnaces in my house, one for the basement and one for the rest of the house. I noticed that while using the basement furnace this winter that no air was coming out of any of the basement ...
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What should I do with an unused C wire when installing a thermostat?

Replacing a Carrier programmable with a Honeywell RTH6350D1000. Carrier had blue/gray wire in the C connector. Honeywell does not have a C connector. In install book "Advanced" wiring it says to ...
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what is this unused brown wire in my thermostat wiring?

I replaced an existing Honeywell programmable thermostat with a new Z-wave enabled CT101-L thermostat yesterday. All went well, and the C, W, Y, R and G wires found their proper target connectors. The ...
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What could be causing an orange flame on all appliances?

I have an orange flame in all my gas appliances (gas furnace, gas water heater, and gas stove) and cannot seem to determine the cause. Background So far, I have had the gas company come out. I had ...
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What are my options for venting my oil boiler?

I have a small New Yorker AP-U (480?) boiler that is currently vented to a large flu in my house's chimney. I want to install a wood stove in my house and I'd like to use the chimney to vent it, which ...
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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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Why is my gas furnace vibrating when blowing hot air but not when blowing cold air?

I have a gas furnace. I recently replaced a bad blower motor. At that time I also cleaned out the blower housing and squirrel cage. The AC runs fine with no vibrations or any symptoms of an off ...
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HVAC Duct options in floor joists

I will explain what I would "Ideally" want. I would like the HVAC in the basement ceiling to Not require a soffit. Plumbing seems possible because the holes for the most part will be small enough to ...
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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 is the smell coming through my HVAC system?

If I leave the furnace fan always running for an extended period of time (to circulate and filter the air), when the central AC turns on there is a not-so-fresh smell that is emitted through the ...
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alternative to packaged unit downstairs

House built in 1922. Never had central air. Heated with hot water boiler and rads. 2 stories, 1569 sq ft. Salesman recommended split sys upstairs and packaged sys down. Only appx 22 inch clearance in ...
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My house has electric heat, built in 1969. How can I save $. Are solar panels the way to go, or is there something better out there?

I'm not sure which way to go . My electric bill is nuts. I have a fireplace and it helps, but it only heats one room. Are there any good solar panels on the market? I thought about geothermal but I ...
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How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?

I have a forced air heating and air conditioning system that performs poorly on the second floor: It is way too warm in the summer and a little too cold in the winter. I live in a 1920s masonry row ...
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Can I run a central air conditioner in the winter?

What happens if you run a central air conditioner when it's below freezing outside? Is this expected to work? I know, it sounds crazy, but that's because you don't live in an overheated New York ...
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How can I heat up my apartment to kill bedbugs in Southeast Asia?

I have a bedbug problem in my apartment and I want to fix it myself with heat. (I do not want chemicals sprayed around.) Apparently, getting a room to 140 degrees for two hours is sufficient to kill ...
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How can I prevent heat loss through heater/air conditioner wall units?

HVAC experts out there... I live in Wisconsin and it gets mighty cold here! I have a condo with 2 wall units that are used for both air conditioning and heat. My heat bill in the cold winter months ...
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Why does the A/C come on downstairs when heat is on?

I just moved in to a 2-story house. It is zoned upstairs and downstairs. If I turn the downstairs thermostat to OFF and the upstairs to COOL, the HVAC in the attic comes on, the outside compressor ...
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What could be causing a moth ball like smell?

We have a smell like moth balls in bedroom of condo. Moth balls and camphor smell coming from heating unit in bedroom.
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Why is my furnace blower noisy when it starts?

The blower of my furnace makes a loud noise every time it starts. I understand that a large fan and the movement of large amounts of air will produce some noise. What I am puzzled by is the noise that ...
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What could be causing my goodman furnance to not work?

My furnace starts, than the blower motor runs constantly, but trips out on roll out limit switch. The air inlet and outlet lines appear to be unobstructed, but when it shuts down there seems to be ...
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Can't find the circuit board of my HVAC system

I'm trying to install a wireless thermostat for my church building's HVAC system. Currently there is no C wire, so I tried to see where the circuit board was so I could install one. I couldn't find ...
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Can I replace a high limit switch myself?

Thank you for the answer, can I change this myself or do I need to get the HVAC company to do this? I have turned off the breaker in the panel box so that it does not come back on. What is the purpose ...
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Should I add a return air vent in a refinished basement?

We are refinishing our basement, and are nearing competition. The walls are drywalled, and the ceiling is dropped. There will be about 500 sq ft of finished space, including a full bathroom, and ...
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Baseboard heat not keeping up

This is my first winter in my house which was built in 1991. A Navien CH-240 that provides both hydronic baseboard heat and hot water was already installed. We have two zones, upstairs and downstairs. ...
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Can I remove a furnace compartment vent that's obstructing roof repair?

There are two vents going up to our roof, one is the normal vent from the furnace exhaust straight up to the roof. But right next to it there's a second vent pipe, a little larger and single wall. ...
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HVAC system setup

I have a builder building me a home right now and we had agreed to set up two separate heating and cooling systems for the first floor and second floor of the house. I raised the issue the other day ...
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Why would said gas furnace keep shutting off?

Seems that I have a gas furnace that is having some sort of heat/air sensing issue. Basically it shuts off after running for a minute or two. But if I remove the top plate of the furnace itself it ...
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Can a gas furnace be installed in an outdoor enclosure?

I have an old home in which ductwork has been retrofitted. The ducts for the first floor are arranged under the floor. The first floor is heated and cooled by an electric package unit sitting just ...
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At what temperature does a WiFi thermostat stop sending a signal to the router?

I recently purchased and installed a Honeywell WP6500 WiFi thermostat and thanks to Stack Exchange, got it up and running. I have a house in New Hampshire, which I use occasionally during the winter. ...
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Adding vents to duct?

My house has forced air HVAC. When I finished the basement, I used a closed cell foam insulation that worked very well. The basement will get only 8 degrees cooler than the first floor during a time ...
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Adding outside wood boiler to oil furnace

I am adding an outdoor wood burner (water stove) to my home. Water to air heat exchanger plumbed into existing ductwork for oil burner. What are my options for running the oil burner's fan WITHOUT ...
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Does anyone have experience with small heat-recovery air exchangers?

I know there are units made which are supposed to be sized for use in a residential kitchen, as a more efficient replacement for the usual vent hood (bring air in to replace air blown out, but ...
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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) ...