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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 ...
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What could be the reason why all my registers at foundation slab level have weak air flow?

In the picture below all the ducts that have a long leg going toward foundation have weak air flow. Read the details on the picture Could anybody tell me what is the problem with these guys? The ...
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How do I calculate CFM for a structure?

This is for calculating the CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air that the blower needs to move in order to compensate the total heat loss (ventilation,infiltration,heat loss through walls, windows, ...
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How can i add a common “C” Wire to this old system?

I have an oil HVAC that was put in back in 1996. I sadly do not know the model of the furnace and cannot dig out any paperwork on it. Anyways, i want to go with some of the bells and whistles for a ...
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How can I prevent my house from smelling of smoke after having a fire in my fireplace?

We have a wood-burning fireplace in our family room. Fifteen feet from the fireplace is a large cold air return. When the fireplace is stoked, nice and cozy, everything is fantastic. When I shut it ...
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Can I connect an additional wire to HVAC system where all the terminals are full?

I'm installing a new thermostat (ecobee Smart Si) and it requires "C" wire. I checked before I bought, and saw an unused blue wire behind my current thermostat. However after connecting everything the ...
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How can I adjust a whole-house ventilation bathroom exhaust timer?

We have a home built in 2008 in west-central Minnesota. As a cost-saving (I perceive it as such, and may be mistaken) measure to fulfill air quality and venting code, the builder set up an upstairs ...
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Are there any ductless mini split systems that offer standard HVAC wiring controls?

Have been looking for in the US a ductless mini split heat pump system something like the Mitsubishi Electric Mr. Slim that uses a non proprietary wiring scheme for its wall mounted thermostats. ...
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Can ultrasonic humidifiers be used in a bypass setup for a whole house humidifier?

My home is about 3000sqft, with lots of high ceilings. I'm having trouble keeping the relative humidity up in the winter. When it gets down to 10F outside, the RH drops down as low as 25%. This is ...
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Adding an on/off switch for my furnace fan

Here is my situation, I want to be able to run the blower on my furnace during the summer so that the cool basement air can be circulated thought the house. I live in an old house and the thermostat ...
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Whole house humidifier - can you use a steam/mist with a heat pump?

Just moved into my new house and first time with an electric furnace and forced air with a heat pump (rheem) - and immediately we noticed that our skin is super dry and cracking. I was looking into ...
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HVAC ducts ready for finished basement?

I'm starting to finish my basement. Before I do so, I want to be sure the ductwork is sufficient to keep it warm during Colorado winters. The basement was finished when we moved in, but gross, so we ...
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Convert line voltage heating system to use low voltage thermostats

I currently have two line voltage ceiling radiant heating systems in my condo each with their own DPST thermostat. I'd like to use low voltage thermostats such as the nest. I found this ...
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What could be causing my gas fireplace to shut off?

I have a gas fireplace that is 4 years old, that shuts off after a couple of minutes. The pilot lights ok, then the burners turn on and work fine for about 3 minutes. After that the entire fireplace ...
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How do I identify the C terminal on my HVAC?

How do I identify the C terminal on an HVAC, furnace, or boiler? If the terminals don't have a screw labeled C what should I look for on the wiring diagram? What steps should I take if a wiring ...
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Can we capture the hot, humid air from a gas-powered clothes dryer during winter?

During winter we run a gas-powered heater and evaporative humidifier to maintain indoor air quality. Meanwhile, every day (big family!) we run a gas-powered clothes dryer which dumps hot, humid air ...
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Gable venting a bathroom fan and kitchen range hood

I am planning on venting my bathroom fan and the range hood in my kitchen out the gable end of my house in separate runs. The gable end is above a gable roof, so I am hoping for some recommendations ...
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Can I move second-floor duct-work from the floor to the attic

I have a two story home that sits on a slab. There is some duct work that runs through the slab. I have some duct work that runs through the ceilings of the first-floor and points towards the floor of ...