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Is it OK that my AC is making squeaking and rattling noises?

Just want to get some initial thoughts before the repairman comes. I have a 3 year old 2.5 ton Goodman AC unit. I set the temperature to 74°F last night (AC) and woke up to a nice and chilly ...
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How can I add a “C” wire to my thermostat?

So, the spiffy new wi-fi thermostats want power on the C wire from thermostat, but the old thermostat doesn't have a C wire at it. What's the easiest way to add the C wire/24 volt to the thermostat ...
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I have both a natural gas burner with baseboard heat and 6 Mitsubishi Mr. Slim units. Which would be less expensive to use for heating my house?

I just purchased my house a few months ago. The house has both a 2 zone natural gas burner with baseboards for heat and 6 Mitsubishi Mr. Slim units that I can use for either A/C or heat. I am not sure ...
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Why is my furnace blowing hot air outside through a PVC pipe?

I turned on my furnace and went outside and noticed hot air blowing out a J-shaped PVC pipe. Is it a vent or error that needs to be plugged?
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How do i connect the common c wire in a carrier air handler?

I need help in determining where to hook up the common c wire for my new thermostat. The carrier air handler appears to be a little more complicated than others.
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Spiral pipe size vs. CFM for AC

My AC contractor just brought some 8 and some 6 inch spiral pipe to install tomorrow. I do not trust him nor do I trust a single contractor out there, hence posting here to confirm. I am getting a 3 ...
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How can we protect this furnace from environmental conditions?

I was recently asked to look over the utility closet of a friend, and several things I saw looked very concerning, from an energy-efficiency standpoint. This closet is approximate 3' x 6', and is in ...
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Testing AC ductwork

I am about to bring in a contractor to install central AC in my house. I am in the final stage of a rather comprehensive remodeling effort, all of which was done either by me directly (cca. 85%) or ...
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Why would a furnace overheat with a standard density filter?

Some time ago I found my furnace (gas, forced air, downdraft) was getting stuck on, blowing cold air. I could reset it, but it would happen again after a while. After calling out a service man, I ...
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Legal requirements regarding 100% asbestos duct work [closed]

I am renting a condo. After starting the heater, dusty air came out of the registers, so I called out a company to clean the ducts. They verified the ducts are 100% asbestos and cannot be cleaned. ...
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Is it okay to connect a round supply duct directly to an air handler?

I removed all of my existing duct work that was designed as a radial system with a sheet metal rectangular plenum with very long flex runs poorly attached. I am replacing my system with all round ...
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Is it possible to insulate existing ducts without removing drywall?

My second story is always warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter than the ground floor. I've had the ducts cleaned and sealed and I've also adjusted the blower motor speed. It occurs to me that ...
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What size breaker and wire do I need for central air conditioning?

I am getting ready to hang drywall in my basement but before I do that, I need to run wire from the main panel upstairs to the future location of the central AC furnace through the basement ceiling ...
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Can I attach a HEPA filter to the HVAC outlet?

I am currently living in China and want to improve the indoor air-quality. We have a Hitachi R410A HVAC. All the room in the house are controlled separately. Just to make it clear up front, I am not a ...
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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 do I close this hole in the HVAC vent?

What's the best way to close up this hole in the venting leaving the hvac? Would foil tape be sufficient? Right now it bleeds out hot air into the basement in the winter, and cold air in the summer. ...
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What can I use to adequately insulate round rigid metal ducts?

I'm installing properly sealed round metal ducts in my unconditioned attic for heating and cooling. I've probably got 100' total of 6" duct to cover. I'm trying to achieve an R-8 insulation value, ...
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How can I tell if my bathroom ceiling vent is working properly?

Seems to take the vent forever to clear shower vapor from room. I purchased a vent that had a good rating. It is vented to the outside. How do I know if it is working properly and actually venting to ...
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Are 5" thick filters for furnace/Central AC still available?

My furnace/AC was installed about three years ago. It uses 16" X 25" X 5" filters. The problem is when I try to find a replacement at my local home center: at Lowe's, Home Depot, (you name it), I ...
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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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Is flexible gas pipe safe to use for main or long runs?

The house we purchased is a "tear-down". A builder bought the older structure, partially tore it down and built a bigger house on the old footprint. A lot of the original gas piping is still in the ...
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Can an 18 inch duct be replaced by 4 smaller ducts?

We have a return air duct that is 18 inches in diameter that had to be soffited. Not a big deal except it is taking up closet space in what is otherwise a very small closet for a kids bedroom. Can ...
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How do I add a C/ Common wire to my “Specific” HVAC system? [duplicate]

I just bought a new WiFi thermostat that requires me to add a C-Wire at the furnace. I have read the questions related to my issue but would like a suggestion on my particular (incredibly OLD) ...
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How do I maintain an 80% efficient natural gas furnace?

I have an 80% efficient gas furnace at my house, that is seemingly working well and is configured with an air conditioner. What preventative maintenance should be done to it, and at what interval? Is ...
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Can I cover a high efficiency HVAC vent?

Just moved into a house with a High efficiency HVAC (heating and air conditioning) which vents to the outside ( with a booster fan). the outside pvc pipe is just " open" . no cap, no screen.. i know ...
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How can I prevent the fireplace smell when the A/C is on?

I get the ashy fireplace smell in the family room when the A/C is running. I haven't had a fire burning in months. I checked out this question, but it targets a recent fire and a cold air return. ...
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AC won't turn on after replacing thermostat batteries

we replaced the batteries on our thermostat after they began flashing for a few minutes. We'd been using the heater up to that point. After replacing the batteries, the heater does not turn on ...
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Mold in the air conditioner “pantry”

Maybe four years ago, our AC "froze up" (as I recall), and there was water soaking into the wood it sits on. (The inside unit is in a hall closet with the big air return vent underneath it.) Later I ...
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Why does my HVAC begin vibrating and stop cooling at night?

I am calling a HVAC technician since this is probably too complex a problem for me, but wanted to hear some possible diagnosis. The symptoms are as follows: The A/C is working well during the day ...
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How do I determine how efficient my furnace, A/C, and windows are?

I just bought an older home. The furnace, A/C, and windows are functional, but I suspect there may be some efficiency gains to be made. Is there any way to determine/estimate how efficient those are ...
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Reducing air conditioner compressor vibration noise

I have a two year old Carrier air conditioner with an outdoor condenser. The condenser sits on a plastic pad on the side of my house, and I have two--one for downstairs and one for upstairs. ...
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How do I size a wall sleeve for a through-the-wall air conditioner?

We are shopping for a through-the-wall air conditioner. We do not currently have a hole in the wall with a sleeve in it. We are trying to figure out what sleeve to buy. The air conditioner we like ...
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What is the maximum angle I can set my window AC unit?

We know an AC unit must be angled to allow runoff. But what is the maximum angle and what is the issue with having to large of an angle? I've seen people say the angle is "5/16" or "3/16" but this is ...
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What could cause a replacement A/C condenser fan motor to only run for 3 minutes?

Just replaced a GE 5KCP39FG Condenser fan motor with an AC Smith FSE1026SF. HVAC Counter sales told me it was the right one and gave me a Partners Choice Capacitor 01-0085 to match. Old motor 3 ...
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Is it possible to detect and repair a refrigerant leak in my HVAC system?

While replacing the blower motor in my HVAC's air handler, the technician mentioned that the refrigerant in the system was also low and that most likely there was a leak. Is the leak something that a ...
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How can I add a “C” common wire to this system? [duplicate]

I would like to add a "C" / Common wire hookup to my hvac system and get a fancy new thermostat. I've read Options for adding "C" wire to thermostat and still have some questions. First of ...
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Can I connect two separate ducts systems together?

My apartment, which I own, is split upstairs by two hallways. Each hallway has its own A/C unit, to cool 6 single person rooms each. Recently the south side A/C broke. I have called the repairmen out ...
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Replace 7“ metal duct with 6” flexible or 8" flexible?

I am replacing the flexible ductwork in my attic, which is a mix of ancient 6" and 7" metal ducting. I'm having a hard time finding 7" flexible ductwork for sale locally, but no problem with 6" and ...
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Where should I tap in to the existing duct work?

Bought a 1981 repo a year ago. The house measures around 900 SQFT. I enclosed the one car garage (10'x20') @ 200 SQFT to serve as an office. The front of the garage is insulated (10') along with the ...
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Should I use a quick or gradual 90 in my flexible A/C ductwork?

To elaborate a bit more. If you are running an 8" duct off the supply, would you do a quick 90 degree towards the destination or do a gradual 90 degree? I would guess a quick would be better because ...
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How should I wire this White-Rodgers fan and limit control? What about the thermostat?

I have a wood-burning stove, that is used as an auxiliary heat source in the house. There's a regular electric furnace, and adjacent to it is the stove. The warm air duct (out) from the stove ...
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How can I locate a short in a 24V central A/C circuit?

My A/C is not working. I checked the panel and the LED light code told me that there was a fuse blown or a short in the circuit. I checked and confirmed that the fuse had blown. If the fuse blows ...
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Advice for replacement/repair of an HVAC with a cracked heat exchanger?

My townhouse has a downflow 1994 Rheem 2.5 ton HVAC unit on its roof (combines both A/C and heat). We have had two issues with the unit and have been in the townhouse for a little under two years. In ...
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Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?

I'm looking to wire up the second floor of my house and the cold air return provides a convenient, straight run from the office to the utility room. Is it safe and within code to run ethernet cable in ...
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What does this square icon mean on my Honeywell thermostat?

I have upstairs Honeywell Thermostat showing me a square icon since yesterday. The upstairs AC is not working. It is blowing air since the fan is on but the air is not cold. I opened up the ...
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Can I remove the fresh air supply that is attached next to my furnace?

It looks like my gas furnace is already vented but I'm not sure. There are two white pipes from the top of the furnace that are vented outside. The furnace is a Trane XR90. We have cold winter climate ...
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How to efficiently circulate air to keep room cool?

I live in Indonesia and I have an apartment with a 6.7 x 5m room, which contains a dining table and a couch. In this room are two 1.5PK (13,000 BTU) AC units on the same side of room nearer to 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 ...
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Would providing shade for my air conditioner's condensor improve its efficiency?

Our house has two A/C systems; one for the bedroom level, one for the remainder of the house. The compressor/consdensor units are outside the south side of the house, and in direct sun all day, now ...
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How can I determine if a valve complies to MSS?

How to know if the valve complies to Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) or not? I want to approve a valve for an HVAC project, but I don't know how.