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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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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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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 ...
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How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?

I have a forced air heating and air conditioning system that performs poorly on the second floor: It is way too warm in the summer and a little too cold in the winter. I live in a 1920s masonry row ...
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Can I run a central air conditioner in the winter?

What happens if you run a central air conditioner when it's below freezing outside? Is this expected to work? I know, it sounds crazy, but that's because you don't live in an overheated New York ...
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How can I heat up my apartment to kill bedbugs in Southeast Asia?

I have a bedbug problem in my apartment and I want to fix it myself with heat. (I do not want chemicals sprayed around.) Apparently, getting a room to 140 degrees for two hours is sufficient to kill ...
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How can I prevent heat loss through heater/air conditioner wall units?

HVAC experts out there... I live in Wisconsin and it gets mighty cold here! I have a condo with 2 wall units that are used for both air conditioning and heat. My heat bill in the cold winter months ...
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Why does the A/C come on downstairs when heat is on?

I just moved in to a 2-story house. It is zoned upstairs and downstairs. If I turn the downstairs thermostat to OFF and the upstairs to COOL, the HVAC in the attic comes on, the outside compressor ...
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What could be causing a moth ball like smell?

We have a smell like moth balls in bedroom of condo. Moth balls and camphor smell coming from heating unit in bedroom.
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Why is my furnace blower noisy when it starts?

The blower of my furnace makes a loud noise every time it starts. I understand that a large fan and the movement of large amounts of air will produce some noise. What I am puzzled by is the noise that ...
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What could be causing my goodman furnance to not work?

My furnace starts, than the blower motor runs constantly, but trips out on roll out limit switch. The air inlet and outlet lines appear to be unobstructed, but when it shuts down there seems to be ...
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Can't find the circuit board of my HVAC system

I'm trying to install a wireless thermostat for my church building's HVAC system. Currently there is no C wire, so I tried to see where the circuit board was so I could install one. I couldn't find ...
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Can I replace a high limit switch myself?

Thank you for the answer, can I change this myself or do I need to get the HVAC company to do this? I have turned off the breaker in the panel box so that it does not come back on. What is the purpose ...
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Should I add a return air vent in a refinished basement?

We are refinishing our basement, and are nearing competition. The walls are drywalled, and the ceiling is dropped. There will be about 500 sq ft of finished space, including a full bathroom, and ...
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Baseboard heat not keeping up

This is my first winter in my house which was built in 1991. A Navien CH-240 that provides both hydronic baseboard heat and hot water was already installed. We have two zones, upstairs and downstairs. ...
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Can I remove a furnace compartment vent that's obstructing roof repair?

There are two vents going up to our roof, one is the normal vent from the furnace exhaust straight up to the roof. But right next to it there's a second vent pipe, a little larger and single wall. ...
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HVAC system setup

I have a builder building me a home right now and we had agreed to set up two separate heating and cooling systems for the first floor and second floor of the house. I raised the issue the other day ...
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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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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?