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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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How can I modify a 4 wire thermostat to a new thermostat requiring c wire?

I attempted to replace my thermostat with a fancy new Trane z-wave enabled model. To my dismay my home was only wired with a 4 wire setup with no 5 hidden in the bundle. I followed Insx on the web ...
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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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HVAC replacement

we just recently purchased an older home- 1978 - 2200 sqft, 2 stories, 2 14x20 returns - one downstairs, one upstairs, 5 ton 10 seer system, 10yr old goodman air handler but the condensor is unkown ...
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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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Furnace blower motor won't turn off

I've replaced both limit switches on my Comfortmaker furnace plus the control board. Blower continues to run and the unit will still heat my home. Component changeouts did not make a difference in ...
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$400 electric bill traced to heater - what could be wrong with it?

Back in December/January, we got a real shocker; a $400+ electric bill. I thought there must be a billing error, so I went out to the meter, and found that not only was the number probably right, we'd ...
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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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How “freely” should a central A/C condenser fan spin

Last year my home's central air condenser fan motor stopped working. When I noticed the house wasn't cooling down I went outside to investigate and found there was a humming sound coming from the ...
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Did I wire this thermostat properly?

Just want to make sure I have this correct: Have M1MB 070a BW heat/ac unit w/ a 710152B control board and a Coleman outside condensing unit. -Have a four wire thermostat. R,Y,G,W -Have 2 wires coming ...
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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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Why would my boiler expel steam when it's set at 180F

So, I have recently had some issues with my boiler (hot water - not steam) system. After hiring some guys to stop by and take a look at it, they told me that the boiler pressure reducing valve, ...
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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 ...
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What could cause a flame sensor to stop working so frequently?

Over a year ago after a month in our new house, we came back one evening to a cold home and after some googling, I found out that the flame sensor was dirty and the furnace was starting the flame and ...
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Why is it taking so long for my A/C to start?

When I turn my AC thermostat to cool, I can hear it click but the outside unit does not start and no air blows inside. Several hours later everything turns on and it works fine. If it turns off, ...
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Is my HVAC system unbalanced?

I bought a home back in August and the previous owner had a new 3-ton HVAC system installed. Basically right now the HVAC is located in the upstairs hallway, and the way the duct is set up is there ...
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Adding a C/Common wire to HVAC system

So I'm looking for some help in identifying where I can attach a C/Common Wire to my HVAC system, but unfortunately my system doesn't have a control board that I can easily attach a powerkit to. For ...
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How can I vent a portable air conditioner when there's no window?

My shop does not have central air and does not have operable windows. There is a steel door in the back and cinderblock walls. My landlord is against me cutting a venting hole in either the steel ...
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What material is allowed for a furnace room ceiling material?

What types of material, other than drywall, are acceptable by Ohio HVAC Code for the ceiling of a small furnace room which will: Have return air ducts (only) passing through it to attic space. Butt ...
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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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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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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 ...