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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) ...
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What could cause my Trane furnace to not light?

after I set my thermostat for heat the combustion fan motor comes on but the burners does not fire, and after like two minutes everything turns off and the LED flashes two times, which means SYSTEM ...
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Furnace blower intermittently stops working

The blower on my furnace is set to be on constantly. The last two nights in a row I have woken up in the middle of the night to hear that the blower is not running and that the temperature is dropping ...
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Are there efficient ways to provide combustion air to heating appliances?

In a previous question we established that there probably should be a vent between my utility room (which opens into the kitchen and living space in general) and the outdoors (in my case the attic, ...
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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 I modify the vent from my high efficiency furnace to prevent possible damage to the exterior of my home?

is my high efficiency furnace vent installed properly? I'm based in Toronto, Canada. In some recent cold winter weather, the exhaust is causing a lot of ice buildup on the surrounding brick. To my ...
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AC Unit Blow Warm Air Indoor But Colder Air Outdoor

I have two AC Units. One for upstairs and one for downstairs. The upstairs one works just fine but not the downstairs. So, i did a test by turning both units on and went outside to compare the two ...
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baseboard heat problems it makes loud noises and does not heat 2 zones at the same time

The baseboard heat will heat the main floor and not the upstairs and vice a versa. What could be the problem, it also makes loud noises.
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What does the low limit do, and where should it be set on an oil fired hot water furnace?

What does the low limit do, and where should it be set? My furnace has a honeywell triple aquastat relay and has a difference dial. Water temp is about 190 deg F. Also, water psi gauge is only ...
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Why won't my thermostat control the HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats?

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Is there any risk of running both the fan and furnace at the same time?

I am attempting to build my own thermostat using an arduino and a few relays and have been trying to map the appropriate wires so I don't damage my furnace/AC unit. This is a picture of my ...
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How do I calculate how long a furnace has to work to compensate a given temp drop?

I am trying to understand the dynamics of heating a home after the furnace size was calculated. Say you have a 60000BTU furnace to heat a 2000 sqft home. At the beginning of the heating season you ...
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Is it normal for the burner in my furnace to turn on and off during a single heating cycle?

During the heating time when the furnace is running to reach the temperature ask for, the burners will run for 3.5 to 4 mins.than shut off for 1 min. Then turn on again.it will do this until temp. is ...
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Does polarity matter when wiring a humidifier solenoid?

The 56 was receiving 24vac whenever the furnace was on via a red wire and a white wire. 24vac was supplied to the solenoid when humidity was called for via a pair of junction terminals. The 4655 is a ...
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How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?

Connecting Desert spring Humidifier to the furnace: Do I eliminate the 24V transformer that came with it? The furnace Keeprite has the the electronic board says Humidifier W1 and C. where can I ...
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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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How can I remove ductwork that is butted against a foundation wall?

I need to remove the existing ductwork in my basement to install insulation behind it. I'd like to do it without destroying the ductwork. The vertical duct is right against the foundation, so I can't ...
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Is it normal for this PVC pipe to be dripping from under the eaves?

I have a 2 story house, 14 yrs old. There is a PVC pipe under the eaves over a window on the 2nd story, that has been dripping more than normal the past couple of days. Our AC unit is located in the ...
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What type of control systems are available for a home with multiple HVAC systems?

Our new (used) home has two HVAC systems, one for upstairs and one for down. There is a thermostat in the dining room, which is directly affected by sun. And one in our bedroom, that clicks all ...
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Why won't my electric furnace kick on unless the thermostat is set to 73?

I have an older, ill insulated mobile home. My house is obviously not 73 degrees, and my heater will not kick on. I set it to 73 and it finally came on, but then the furnace would not shut off. It ...
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How do I connect a C wire to an Utica PEG112CDE steam boiler?

I want to upgrade my old mercury thermostat that I currently have to a newer programmable thermostat. This little DIY project is for my first late 1920's home that I recently purchased. I currently ...
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How do I disable a thermostat to prevent it from turning on the AC?

I need to disable my thermostat from turning on the AC. Yes, covertly. I think one of my housemates is missing his native Antarctica. So, the thermostat still must be active & setable, but I want ...
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What would cauase a limit go bad in a furnace?

On Christmas day my furnace pilot would not kick on and the blower just kept running on and on blowing out cold air. A furnace tech came out and looked at it. He said the Limit was bad and he replaced ...
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What kind of wall switch is needed for a natural gas fireplace to ignite consistently?

When we moved in, our natural gas fireplace worked well: Flick the switch & it would ignite. Years later, it started acting erratically: Sometimes, the switch worked, other times, no luck. We'd ...
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Carrier 60,000 BTU 92% Furnace vs Carrier 40,000 BTU 95% AFCU Furnace

I have about 900 finished square feet in my house, and I'll eventually be adding another 200 or so finished sq/ft in my basement. I'm looking to get my furnace replaced and have been quoted two ...
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When to Replace UV Bulb in AC System?

We had a new AC system put in last summer. The contractor included a UV bulb between the cooling area and the supply fan. It's supposed to kill bacteria and other nasties in the air. (The bulb is ...
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HVAC air handler with a built-in humidifier

I am in the process of choosing an air handler to use only for AC. I plan to keep radiant heat. However, in the winter, I would like to use the AC system to blow humidified air to compensate for the ...
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Should I look into getting an active or passive whole-house humidifier?

My wife and I moved into our place a few months ago. Now that is is winter, the humidity levels dropped down to 20% throughout the house. We want to install a whole-house humidifier to raise it up ...
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How to measure air flow coming out of registers?

As my contractors finish installing ductwork and the air handler for my central AC system, I would like to have a measure of how many CFMs come out of each register, as a function of how the system is ...
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How to clean carbon build-up on Honeywell whole house air purifier made of aluminum?

Bought a house recently that has a Honeywell F300 whole electric house air purifier/cleaner. The cell's aluminum fins have a black baked-on dust that I expect is preventing the unit from working as ...
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How do I connect the common wire in a Carrier air handler?

I am trying to install a new wifi thermostat in my home and need to locate the common terminal for my air handler. I have a Carrier model FB4CNF030. It's a new construction home and I have the blue ...
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old furnace and thermostat upgrade

In a furnace that has no circuit board, can the C wire be connected between the C terminal on the thermostat and to one of the contact leads on the 24V transformer and operate safely?
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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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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 do I find air vents that are covered over with popcorn ceiling?

My house has several areas where we are have no heat vents and these areas are quite cold. Others areas have vents even in the closet spaces. I found one covered vent after walking through my ...
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Ethernet cable instead of Thermostat wire?

I need to pull new wire from my furnace to my thermostat and was wondering if there would be any problems in using an Ethernet cable instead of standard thermostat wiring. The reason being is I have ...
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Does a whole house humidifier go on the intake or outlet of the furnace?

On what side of the furnace do I install the tank of the humidifier (the warm side or the return air side)?
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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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Could an unlevel furnace be causing noise from the blower fan?

The blower fan on my gas furnace sounds like it is hitting other metal when it turns on or off. I had it serviced and he replaced the blower run cap but it has started again after about a week. ...
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Should I patch this hole in my slab?

I'm in the process of tearing out carpet and installing laminate in my guest bedroom. After I got the carpet out, I discovered a hole several inches across underneath the wall that borders the garage. ...
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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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What size exhaust fan do I need for a pool house?

What size exhaust fan ( how many CFM ) do I need for my pool house . The pool is 36 feet x 18 feet x 8 ft deep, and is kept at 32 C. The building is 42 x 28 feet, 10 feet high ceiling, all insulated, ...
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How do I measure the size of a duct that runs through a finished wall (the register end is accessible)?

I am trying to redo a Manual D for my house (heating mainly). I can pretty much determine the length of each run but I can't figure out the exact size of the ducts that are already installed The ...
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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 ...