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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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Where does the C wire connect in a dual transformer system?

When wiring a common ground (C wire) for a dual transformer system, does it matter which transformer you connect the ground too? I'd assume that the ground on either transformer would serve as a ...
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Access 2nd-story burst hydronic pipe through ceiling or floor?

We had a freeze which caused one or more bursts in our hydronic heating system pipes. We know that there is one burst in a radiator, but there may be others, according to the contractors. If there is ...
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0v at DC thermostat terminal in furnace

I have an old (mid 80s) Rheem gas furnace I hope will last me through at least one more California winter. It's been known to go down into the upper fifties, so it has its work cut out for it. In any ...
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Furnace Fuse Blows Immediately

This afternoon, our Ruud furnace suddenly stopped working. After poking around a bit, I realized that the 3A fuse on the control board had blown. I ran to the hardware store and replaced it, but no ...
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noisy Air-conditioner compressor

I bought a new split AC that worked great for a week or so, but now I can hear some annoying noise coming from the outdoor unit. The outdoor unit in installed on a flat roof so I can hear this noise ...
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Central air winterization and insulation

Do I need to insulate the skinny copper line on the outside to keep it from freezing and bursting during the cold winter months? Anything else I need to do winterize the a.c. unit?
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No C wire terminal on my electric plenum but there is on my furnace. How do I solve?

I had a brand new furnace installed recently but also now picked up a wifi thermostat. The problem I now encountered while installing the thermostat is that my system also has an electric plenum as ...
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Temporary Remove Flex Duct

I am about to replace a load bearing wall in unfinished basement. There is flexible duct attached to plenum that I need to temporarily move out in order to put the beams in. Do i just need to cut ...
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What are the possible reasons I am not getting cold air from my air conditioner?

my heat pump outside is working but my central air conditioning/heating unit in the garage makes a hissing sound or faint sound of water running. There is air coming from the vents. The very last time ...
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What is the optimal duty cycle for a furnace?

A heat load calculation of my home says it requires ~36K BTU/hr of heat at a normal winter temperature (40°F), and ~52K BTU/hr at the design temperature (24°F). An HVAC contractor has proposed ...
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Can the A/C temperature through a vent be significantly lower than in the air handler?

Can the A/C temperature coming out a vent be significantly lower than the temperature in the air handler above the evaporator coil? If so, how does the air get colder as it comes out the vent? Or ...
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If water level is rising on its own on oil heating unit instead of going down, could I have a leak? Or something worse?

If water level is rising instead of lowering on oil heater unit, is there a leak? Could something worse happen. Oil man had to drain water to lower water, and said to watch it to make sure it doesn't ...
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HVAC unit won't come on

This morning I noticed that my main floor wasn't cooling. I found the condensation pump full ( little giant model VCMA-15ULS ). I disconnected the hose from the unit to the pump, drained it, dumped ...
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How do I compare furnace models?

I need a new furnace, and I have quotes from two companies, for three different brands of furnace, Carrier, Trane, and Lennox. Both companies have provided the model numbers of the units they would ...
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Is there a “bending rigidity index” of some sort for semi-rigid aluminum ducts?

Some semi-rigid aluminum ducts bend easily and others do not. I want to purchase semi-rigid aluminum ducts online of a specific bending rigidity/stiffness that minimizes sagging but can be easily ...
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How can I better control temperature differences between floors in my two story home that has two HVAC systems?

We have 2600 sq ft on the main level and 800 on the 2nd floor. To the 2nd floor, there is a staircase and with a door on the bottom floor. We have our master upstairs and don't use the room at all ...
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What makes a furnace pilot valve whistle?

I have a furnace that started whistling, recently. I have read that gas pressure changes can cause this. Others have remarked how seasonal gas changes can lead to a properly-adjusted furnace to ...
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Installing a Wifi Honeywell Thermostat with a C wire [duplicate]

can someone please help me out here. I'm installing a Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat and this Thermostat requires a "C" Wire. Can someone please tell me by looking at the pictures attached if I have a "C" ...
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heat pump/air conditioning wiring to thermostat

We decided to change the thermostat of our heat pump/air conditionnning unit. First 3 images are the old unit. The first 3 wires(1 and 2 picture) yellow red orange were not connected to anything, just ...
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Can I convert a window A/C unit in to a pool-water cooled system?

I have an 18,000 BTU A/C unit that blew a compressor last year. Perfect for a small project. I however could not find a professional to help me out, so maybe it's DIYable. I know just about enough ...
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Does cold galvanizing compound restore the rust protection of a galvanized duct?

The house is a ranch built on slab on grade with a newer furnace in a downflow configuration with A/C. The in-floor clay tile supply lines are in good shape and clean. The original 60 year old ...
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New thermostat wire: maximum number of wires?

Background: I'm upgrading from a failing ecobee smart thermostat to an ecobee3. The ecobee3 requires all wires for the components it controls to be run all the way to the thermostat (including ...
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Where is my common wire on the unit?

I have 2 systems in my house, my heat is gas hot water radiator heating and A/C is a separate newer system. I'm trying to figure out if I can run a C wire off air handler from the A/C system to run ...
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Is the Thermostat Wiring Correct

When I moved in to the house the first thing I changed was the old mercury style T-stat to a digital one, I went wire for wire, and it has works (knocks on wood) so far. Now that I have been reading ...
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Pellet Stove Ventilation

I have an Englander PDVC pellet stove that came with my house when I bought it in the spring. Never used it. Currently its vented through the wall and comes straight through the exterior of the ...
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Which direction is the airflow through my furnace?

There's multiple lines of ductwork along the side, and up top. So what's the correct direction of airflow (red or green in the image below)?
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How do I cut a straight line in an installed wood floor for a flush mount HVAC vent?

At some point a previous owner installed hardwood flooring in my house. Nice. They did not however make a hole for the front entryway heating vent. The duct and duct outlet exists in the crawlspace ...
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How to connect 4 fan coils with one wall control thermostat?

I have 4 fan coils (Sabiana sk-22)and I want to connect them with one wall control thermostat. How can I do?
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Why do I have to start my furnace manually every morning?

The oil furnace works fine all day and evening, then overnight I have the programmable thermostat lower the temperature at 11pm. But every morning at 5am when the thermostat tries to turn the ...
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Is installing a packaged HVAC unit (PTAC) a realistic DIY project?

I'm a handy guy and can do pretty much anything around the house that I put my mind to. Assuming I can handle the part of the install that is outside (the concrete pad, the hole in the crawlspace ...
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Can I vent room air to the outside?

The building interior gets hot during the day and stays hot during the evening when it is much cooler outside. It would be a really great option to simply vent the hot air outside instead of having to ...
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Is there a filter-reminder thermostat that uses run-time instead of total time?

My HVAC filter is in my crawlspace and is a hassle to change. I don't want to change it more than needed. "Change it every month" is bogus advice because in some months (like May) we don't have to run ...
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What could be causing this leaky evaporator problem?

My apologizes if I do not know the correct terminology for some of the parts. I will try my best though. We have a Trane A/C system that is causing us a headache. It is causing water damage in our ...
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Air conditioning unit sitting on the ground

We've lived in our house 11 years. Our air conditioning (condenser) unit, the big boxy thing sitting outside, is not sitting on a concrete slab. It's just sitting on the ground and we noticed this ...
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How can I move hot air from a cathedral ceiling to colder bedrooms?

My main living room has a 25 foot cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan including a staircase going to the second story bedrooms. The thermostat is situated in this space. There is space to install a ...
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Can a 110v 3-wire thermostat be hooked up to a 110v 2-wire condo setup?

My condo that was built in 1968 has an old thermostat(rheostat type) which supplies 2 thick gauge black wires of which one is live and the other isn't. This regulator is hooked up to a blower ...
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How to remove old A/C piping in my house?

When I had my new A/C installed I moved it to the other side of my house (right next to the furnace), so now I have a bunch of old copper piping running about 30 feet from one corner of my house to ...
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Dust reduction and removal?

I have a room with west facing windows (I dont think the direction bears any importance to this question), but for some reason this room seems to accumulate dust on surfaces a lot faster than other ...
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Can I pump down an Air Conditioner myself?

We are planning on having a new concrete patio poured in a couple of weeks and need to move our AC unit to make way for the slab. Is it possible for a layman to pump down the coolant and move the ...
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Should I insulate air conditioner coolant pipes?

I recently replaced some rotted insulation on the coolant pipe that runs out of my AC unit and into the evaporator in my house. When cleaning inside the actual AC unit itself I noticed that the ...
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Downsides to staple up radiant heat, besides cost?

I'm considering doing a radiant heat retrofit into my home and removing an older forced air system. The plumber is proposing a staple up from the basement into aluminum plates with PEX tubing with a ...
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How to control system with 2 condersors+evaporators and 1 blower

I have problem with the control the HAVC system using 2 condensors + 2 evaporatora with one blower. I used 2 thermostats (4 wires/thermostat) to control. But the problem is when i turn on (cool ...
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Why is humidity high from one unit but not the other?

Two months ago, I posted about our upstairs a/c not cooling all of a sudden. I ended up replacing the capacitor for the blower fan and the contactor, which did the trick. AC cools!!! However since ...
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Can the back side of a window type aircon exhaust in an empty ceiling area?

I'm planning use a window type A/C on my little attic room. My A/C unit is just .5 HP, just enough for the small room. The problem is there's no proper exhaust area like the standard Window type. ...
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AC Blower running very slowly

I have a Ducane heat pump. When running in AC Mode, the outdoor fan and compressor kick off just fine. The blower fan seems to kick off as well, though it's not putting out very much air. I can ...
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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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Can a homeowner without a Section 608 EPA license legally connect his own gauges to his own air conditioner if the unit uses 410a refrigerant?

It has been suggested by at least one moderator on this site that EPA Section 608, which restricts who can purchase and handle refrigerant, including who can connect a set of manifold gauges to a ...
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central A/C Turns back on 30 seconds after shutting off

First of all, the a/c system is probably 30 yrs old. The outside unit stays running when the inside unit shuts off. After about 30 seconds, the inside unit turns back on again, and will sometimes only ...
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Smaller Footprint of new Furnace Base Cabinet

Replaced downdraft furnace in 1950's ranch house built on slab. Base cabinet of new furnace has a smaller footprint than the original resulting in a 4in. gap between the edge of the cabinet and the ...