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How do I install a bathroom exhaust system?

We are set to close on our house in about three weeks and one of the problems that the inspector noted was that the vent in the guest bath vents into the attic (never going outside) and the master ...
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How can I add a relay to the manual control for my HVAC unit?

I have a self standing HVAC unit that has a control panel with manual buttons. There is no thermostat. Eventually my goal is to create a relay that can be controlled via IR/RF so I can install a Nest ...
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Why isn't my thermostat working?

I have an old Lennox (gas heat only) thermostat. There are 3 wires coming from the wall. Black, yellow and a light blue color (could be a faded green or an old dirty white). The thermostat wouldn't ...
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Is it safe to install a sconce light box inside a return air space?

In my finished basement, the space between one section of studs is being used as a return air duct for my furnace and central air. Here is a picture, looking up from the vent at the floor level: ...
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Why is my furnace blower coming on so early in the ignition process?

Alright, I installed a new furnace a few months ago and have begun to notice an issue with the blowers. When the furnace first starts up, the exhaust blower should turn on to expel gas, then the ...
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Does code require the gas line to be replaced when replacing a furnace?

I replaced my 45 year old (still working) original furnace with an American Standard furnace about 5 1/2 years ago. Now I have a gas leak; the Nicor technician sealed a connection in the gas pipe ...
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Should I apply car wax to the outside of my air conditioning unit?

Through different conversations with family members and friends, I have been told that it is good to apply a coat of car wax to the outside of the air conditioning unit frame. I assume that this is to ...
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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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How do I provide proper fire protection in this situation?

HVAC guys are running a vertical duct (supply and return) from my basement to my 2nd floor attic. It will run adjacent to an exterior wall and will eventually be enclosed in a drywalled-in vertical ...
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Is it safe to install a heating duct register in the ceiling directly above a home entertainment center?

We're in the process of getting bids for central heating and one of the conundrums is where to position the registers. Due to the layout of our living room (and style preferences of my significant ...
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Does lowering the blower speed of a forced-air furnace lower its efficiency?

My gas furnace has two options for the blower speed: MED, and MED-HI. It had been set on the higher speed, but that was too harsh, so I lowered it to the slower speed. Does that have any impact on the ...
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Does each zone in a two-zone heating system have its own pilot light?

I have two zone heating, in the basement and upstairs where we really live. The pilot light is lit downstairs, but the heat isn't working upstairs (the air is not getting hot). Is there also a pilot ...
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Where should carbon monoxide detector be located?

How many carbon monoxide detector is need in house and where it's more strategic to place it? Is it better to place it low close to the ground or high close to the ceiling?
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What does a Summer/Winter switch on furnace air ducts do?

On some of our furnace ducts, there is a switch/valve for Summer/Winter or S/W. What does changing this switch/lever accomplish? Can bad things happen if I forget to switch it? Bonus question: ...
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Should I install the jumper on my new limit control?

I needed to replace fan and limit control (White-Rodgers, model 5D51-35), because the fan switch was broken (fan would constantly run) and heat would not stay on. I took a picture of the control, ...
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Why isn't water running through our radiators?

We had a plumber in today to bleed our rads. He also changed the batteries on the thermostat and fiddled around with the boiler. Since he left the temperature has dropped dramatically and he's refused ...
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Is a PTHP a HVAC option for a super insulated structure?

Is a Packaged Terminal Heat Pump a good HVAC system for a structure that is super insulated or passively insulated assuming the unit is sized and fitted to meet the needs of the structure. There is ...
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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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Why does the air flow heavily from my downstairs vents, but very weak from my upstairs vents?

I live in a two-story townhouse where the first floor is ground-level on a slab. On the first floor, all air vents are either on the ceiling or at the very tops of the walls. Upstairs, the vents are ...
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How can I prevent my HVAC condensate drain line from freezing?

Last night, my heat (forced air) suddenly stopped. Today, a plumber figured out that my heater is 90% efficient, produces lots of condensate, and the drain line had frozen. We went outside and saw ...
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How can I redirect the discharge of my forced air vent?

An AC/heating register on our kitchen ceiling blows air directly toward a gas cooktop causing the flames to flicker. Adjusting the register doesn't seem to make a difference. I've looked into air ...
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What's causing my draft inducer to stay on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency, gas furnace in my home. I recently realized that my draft inducer, which normally kicks on before the burners and before the main blower, is not stopping. ...
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What's causing the rumbling sound when my furnace kicks on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency furnace in my home. Last year it started making a slight whining noise that was audible during the very first stage, before the blower motor started. No ...
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Workarounds for single-zone HVAC? Second thermostat? Adjust vents?

I have a two story brick home built in 1970 with a relatively new HVAC system blowing through original ductwork. In the summer its too hot upstairs and too cold downstairs. I know that the full ...
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How do I turn off the power to my programable thermostat?

I am installing a new programable thermostat. In trying to cut power to the old one I have tried a couple of things but not sure I have done enough to cut all power. One, I shut off the furnace ...
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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 reclaim heat from an enclosed furnace room?

Our home has two furnaces (oil fired hot air) and an electric water heater in an enclosed room (approx 6'6" x 9'). Three walls of the room divide it from the remainder of a finished basement, the ...
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How can I replace a 4-wire manual thermostat with a programmable thermostat?

I"m replacing a 4-wire manual baseboard thermostat with a programmable SBFT2W thermostat. After connecting the wires, there are two lead wires from the old stat that are still unconnected. They are ...
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Can an HRV replace the air exhausted by a range hood?

I'm in the process of buying a 1950s ranch house. It doesn't have the greatest insulation, so I'm planning to do some improvements over the first few years to tighten things up. I'll certainly do the ...
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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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why won't my furnace turn off once it reaches the desired temperature

I have a moncrief furnace and replaced the thermostat but the furnace will not cut off once it reaches the desired temperature. What could be wrong?
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Why do I have a large PVC pipe venting warm air outside intermittently?

There is a large PVC pipe (3 actually) which vent air intermittently. I started noticing I could see steam rising over my deck in the morning and then I found that these pipes vent air at least a ...
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Why aren't Geothermal heat pumps more common?

Air conditioning and heating are major energy consumers in American buildings - commercial, residential, and industrial. I have been curious for a while as to why it isn't more common to use the ...
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How do I support vertical runs of round ducting?

Supporting ducts horizontally seems pretty straight forward--just a loop of strapping underneath to support it. What about when the duct runs vertically? Do you use the same kind of strapping but ...
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Do joints in adjustable duct elbows need to be taped?

Do the joints in adjustable duct elbows need to be taped as well once they're adjusted or are they considered air-tight?
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How to find this particular hot water heat pump?

I have this pump pictured attached to my furnace. I actually have two of them. This one, however, is on a circuit that has been empty for a few years and is now rusted shut and needs replacing. I have ...
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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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I have no furnace, only electric blowing heaters. How do I get ventilation?

I have a 100 years old building with a store on the main floor. Since the building was built over 100 years old there is no ducting whatsoever. There is also no furnace. In the summer we just hook ...
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Should my thermostat's blue wire be going to W2?

I've recently moved into my first house and am looking to replace the existing basic thermostat in the home. Here is a picture of how I found it wired: Researching the wires, I've read that ...
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Can a HVAC solve my ventilation problem?

I have a problem with my house such that with all my windows and doors closed the house smells and the air feels stale. I'm thinking of purchasing a high efficiency HVAC to vent the stale air out 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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Can I using a 3-phase connection to power 1-phase AC unit?

I have preparation for an AC connection with 3-phase 220V 3X16A breaker. I want to install a 220V 1-phase unit, which also needs a 16A breaker. The physical connection has screw-on terminals, so there ...
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Why don't programmable thermostats automatically switch between “Cool” and “Heat”?

While I can set my house to be a particular temperature, I still have to manually switch it between "Heat" and "Cool" mode, and this seems to be true of every thermostat (programmable or not) that ...
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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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How to best keep floor vent by shower dry/mold free?

We just moved into a rental home. It turned out after living there for a few weeks that we discovered the vents were innudated with mold. They were so bad the landlord had to replace all the vents in ...
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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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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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Air conditioning on a shoestring budget

Without purchasing expensive air-con units, or solar panels - and the associated moutings and electrical paraphernalia, is it possible to create a temperature difference of 10-20 °C using materials ...
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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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How should one size ductwork for a new air return duct?

I recently had a contractor build a wall which split one room into two. The new room is an office with two computers, and four monitors. It gets very, very hot, until the air conditioning turns on, ...