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How do I lower a cold air return from the ceiling for a basement rental?

I am living in the basement level of a rental unit with forced air heat. There are 9 heating vents and one cold air return, all of which are in the ceiling. The air isn't mixing very well resulting ...
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Air deflectors on floor registers and cooling efficiency

I was once told by an HVAC technician to avoid using air deflectors on floor registers during the summer. The reason was that the last thing you want to do is to direct the heavier, colder air ...
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Breaker box or heat pump problem?

We ran our forced air heat pump today. 15 min. in we noticed it just stopped running. Looking in the breaker panel I could see that the breaker for the heating unit had tripped. When I tried to ...
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Furnace flashing 4 times (Ducane)

My Ducane furnace flashes 4 times, runs for 5 minutes, and then the burner goes off. When the limit switch is jumped it runs good. What needs to be changed here?
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Why is my AC suddenly *heating* my house?

I have a 13 SEER heat pump about one year old. Everything's been working fine, but the AC suddenly started heating my house spontaneously (no changes to thermostat, etc). The outside ambient ...
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Why isn't my heat pump system kicking out cool air this year?

I have a Carrier heat pump/air handler system (looks pretty old) with a honeywell T-stat (looks pretty new) and I am not getting cool air. Heat worked all winter, but I have used it in at least a ...
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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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Recommended proximity of HVAC vent to return air

I have an upstairs room with an HVAC vent in the ceiling above the door. The return air is in the hallway just outside of the same door. This room also happens to be the hottest room in the house (by ...
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Why is there water dripping from my ceiling AC vents?

I have a one story house with hot water heat. The house also has forced air AC ducts running from the attached garage, in the attic, down into the living room, bedrooms, and kitchen. At certain times ...
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How do I clean an AC condensate pan?

I have a Ducane HVAC system that started leaking out of the evaporator coil housing. Mine looks like the EU1P. I read that i need to clean out the drip pan. II tried cleaning it by sucking out the ...
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How can I prevent my clothes dryer door from fogging up?

When I turn the air conditioning on in my house, the inside of the window in the clothes dryer door fogs up. Also, if clothes are left in the dryer, they become slightly damp again. How can I prevent ...
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What could be causing an A/C blower motor to turn off randomly?

The Blower motor on my AC unit turns off at random times while the outside unit continues to run which is causing the coil to freeze up. The blower won't come on for 30-45 minutes after the AC has ...
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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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How can I improve hvac air flow to my attic?

Two years ago I converted the attic of my 1.5 story house into a livable space. It had no HVAC ducts going up, so I ran some coming from the basement where the furnace is. Air flow to the attic via ...
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Does an air return duct do anything when the air conditioning or furnace is not running?

I recently had a contractor create a new wall which cut me off from the rest of the house. There is one AC/Heating vent in the room and when the door is closed it gets very, very hot. As soon as the ...
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When I set the thermostat to X degrees, is that the temperature at which air is pushed out through the vents?

My hunch is that most ac units aren't that sophisticated, and they just pump air that is "cold enough" or "hot enough" and pump it until temperature rises to the specified value. Is that right?
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Is it normal for A/C performance to improve when vent covers are removed?

I recently moved my office to the second floor of our home and I haven't been able to get the temperature below about 78 even though the thermostat is on 72. My son's bedroom had been the same way ...
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Air conditioner not blowing cold air

My HVAC system had a problem during the winter where the blower motor stopped working. I got a HVAC tech to come out and replace it. However, now that it's hot again, the cooling system is still ...
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Is there a reason for an exterior vent not connected to anything?

I have an exterior vent on the side of my house not connected to any piping within. You can look inside and see wood/concrete/insulation into the cavity between the basement ceiling and main floor. ...
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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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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 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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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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Should I install a damper above my return air duct for better upstairs cooling?

I have a finished basement, ground floor, and upstairs. The ground floor and basement cool nicely with the AC. The upstairs doesn't cool very well. The returns are really just holes in the drywall- ...
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Why do they put an A/C vent in the utility room?

A related question is here about a year ago: Is there any reason to not tape this vent over? My question is, why do they put the vent there in the first place. Like the previous poster, I just bought ...
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What type of air conditioner can bring in outside air?

Car air conditioners usually have the option to choose circulate on/off. What about house air conditioners? For instance, does a window air conditioner exchange air inside and outside the house?
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What is a quieter alternative to gas forced air heating?

My small 1BR apartment has an old gas furnace that works great, but costs my landlord too much to insure. He plans to install gas forced air, an in-unit upright furnace. I'd love to suggest a ...
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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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What is involved in sizing and designing ducts and ductwork?

I have a one-story house, and it looks like it would be easy to run new ducts myself in the attic. What should I know before trying to design a duct system myself? I have seen ductwork that's metal ...
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Why would a repairman install a 1/3 HP fan motor into a 1/5 HP unit? [closed]

Why would a repairman install a 1/3 HP fan motor into a 1/5 HP unit? He had to cut the shaft to make it fit. Two weeks later unit quit again and then he had to come and replace the capacitor MFD ...
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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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Will I see any performance gains if I reconfigure my thermostat to control the second stage of my 2 stage furnace?

Our furnace is a two stage one that was installed last year (a Bryant 80t). When it was installed, it was installed with a thermostat for a one stage furnace. This appears to be because this model ...
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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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How can I tell what kind of heating system I have?

Seems like a simple question, but I've had a very hard time finding a definitive answer to this. I went to the hardware store to buy a replacement for a faulty thermostat and when I arrived and ...
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How do I fix a condensate drain line that froze in my split electric system with heat pump?

I have a split electric system with a heat pump. It looks like my condensate drain line is frozen. I switched to supplemental heat which does not use the heat pump. Is this enough for now? Our ...
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What could cause the furnace blower to come on constantly and no fire in gas burner?

When thermostat is turned up on my hot air furnace, the blower immediately comes on, blowing no heat, had it checked and with some luck the burner fired after about 10 tries of switching on and off. ...
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Could a high limit switch cause the furnace blower to run continuously?

My furnace was running fine. The I noticed that the unit was blowing cold air. Checked the furnace burners and they were off. I turned off the unit on the thermostat and the blower continued to run. ...
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Can I remove the insulation from flex duct

I am trying to fit a 7" flex duct between some floor joists and it would fit better without the insulation. Can I remove the insuluation and just use the plastic part?
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What can cause an A/C to freeze up

Our A/C evaporator coil freeze up last year, so I called out a technician. He said that it was charged with the proper amount of Freon, and my problem [paraphrased] "something had narrowed the inside ...
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Is the furnace undersized?

I have a 2700 sq ft rambler home with cathedral ceilings over a large portion of it - over the hallway, 2 living rooms and kitchen. We replaced the furnace that was installed when the home was built ...
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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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Is Flex Duct Safe To Use In A Crawl Space?

The home I purchased has a crawlspace below an addition that was put on to the original structure. The HVAC contractor that did the work ran 2 long runs of flex-duct to the 2 registers in the room of ...
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Can a problem with heater stack liner cause outside chimney mortar to crack and fall out

I had "high-efficiency" furnace installed in 2009. In 2011 chimney required full grind-out and repoint job, and chimney saver solution was applied to prevent water damage. Service lasted only 18 ...
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Does a compressor with a short to ground really require a complete system replacement?

My 24 year old home A\C went out some time Sunday morning. I had a tech come out and look at it, and was told that the compressor is shorted to ground, and that this means I have to replace the entire ...
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How can I repair an air conditioner drain line that is broken flush with the wall?

As you can see below, I broke the drain line off flush with the wall. There appears to be either a union or an elbow embedded in the wall with a broken off piece of pipe in the fitting. The joint ...
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How do we replace an old 3-wire thermostat with a 4-wire one?

How do we replace an old 3 wire thermostat with a 4 wire one? We have an AC/heating unit, but the wiring for the thermostat does not have a yellow wire. What can we do?
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Why does the pilot light on my Vermont Castings stove keep blowing out?

I bought a house with a sunroom heated by a Vermont Castings gas stove with a problem the HVAC/stove repair person hasn't solved by replacing the thermocouple, valve($$$) and taking apart and ...
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Why won't my Heil 7000 natural gas furnace ignite?

I have a Heil 7000 gas furnace Model: NUGK100DH12 Serial: L933050100 When we turn it on at the thermostat, the exhaust blower will kick on. We checked to be sure the gas is reaching the unit and ...
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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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A/C Emergency Cut-off Cleaning and Maintenance

I found my thermostat not working. After googling for a solution, I found that I may need to check my emergency cut-off. I know of a pipe that if tripped will turn-off the A/C, so I took the pipe ...