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Is it ok to stand atop my central A/C unit to install a missing soffit vent?

Unless I go on top of the roof, it's the only to get to it without a step ladder. I don't know if the covers on these things are meant to stand the weight of a 250lb guy. Aside from falling and ...
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How can I locate a short in a 24V central A/C circuit?

My A/C is not working. I checked the panel and the LED light code told me that there was a fuse blown or a short in the circuit. I checked and confirmed that the fuse had blown. If the fuse blows ...
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What type of dryer best handles long exhaust vents?

I have a very long exhaust line (about 5 meters) from the dryer and have issues with moisture staying in it when I do laundry. Since the old dryer broke down, I am now shopping around for a new dryer ...
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How can I prevent the fireplace smell when the A/C is on?

I get the ashy fireplace smell in the family room when the A/C is running. I haven't had a fire burning in months. I checked out this question, but it targets a recent fire and a cold air return. ...
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How well do whole house humidifiers work?

We are moving to an area where it gets cold and snows in the winter. We come from a desert area where it is never very cold except for the dead of winter, and where we use the heater very seldom. We ...
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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 do I improve heating in back room of house?

The back room of my house is quite warm in the summer. The room is on the north side of the house (Alabama, USA), so the outside walls don't get direct sun exposure. The attic insulation is a little ...
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Why does my blower fan sound like a yeti?

My A/C inside my house is making some kind of strange grinding noise. The fan wants to start, it blows cold air, and attempts to come on but only until whatever is making it drag stops the wheel fan ...
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Why is my Nest thermostat not working with A/C?

I installed Nest thermostat a few weeks ago, replacing an old Lux programmable thermostat (there was nothing wrong with it). I connected 4 wires (R,W,Y and G) to the Nest. But as soon as I'd ...
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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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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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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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Why doesn't my A/C get power when using the alternate C-wire thermostat hook-up method?

I changed my old Honeywell thermostat for a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I installed it just as the directions stated. I used the alternate C-wire method as the old unit did not have one. ...
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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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What is going on with my central air?

I have a re-occurring issue with my central air. I have changed filters, cleaned all three intake vents and even had a serviceman out on three different occasions (two separate companies). My problem ...
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Why is my air conditioner tripping the circuit breaker?

Our air conditioner recently stopped blowing out cold air. When I went to check on it, I noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. We had had problems with ants in the contacter in the past, ...
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How to find areas where heat/coolness are lost?

I live in a 2-story rental townhome (basically an apartment with 2 stories). Our central air/heat system isn't really the best at keeping the upstairs and downstairs the same temperature whether in ...
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Should we use A\C in the unused second story of our home?

We don't use the second story of our home. Is it better to shut off the air conditioning completely upstairs to save money, or keep it set but at a higher temperature, such as 78-80 °F?
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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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Would a normal ethernet cable survive the conditions in an air conditioning vent? [duplicate]

I am currently renting a flat, which prevents me from making modification to the walls. However, I still would like to run ethernet cables between rooms. Between all the rooms, there are AC vents ...
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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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Does outside air conditioning compressor fan run all the time?

Had some electrical issues with an air conditioner and after I rewired it, I noticed that the fan was stopping every 30 seconds or so. Is this fan supposed to shut off when unit is running?
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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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How effective is a heat pump for AC and a heat pump/furnace for heating in New England?

We currently have a central AC unit and oil furnace. The AC is broken and the furnace is old, so we are thinking of replacing both sometime in the next year. We are considering replacing the AC with ...
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How can I repair these rusty electrical connections?

When I turn on my air conditioner at the thermostat the vents kick on but nothing outside. Also the last time that it worked it took a few minutes to get going and was pretty loud. I checked the ...
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Why won't the fan run independently of the air conditioner?

I have central air and heat, with a Nest thermostat. My system has Y, G, R, C and W wires coming out of it: which are wired into my Nest like so: In between, there is a splice where the C wire is ...
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Exhaust venting into air return?

In the condo (2 story semi-detached townhouse built in 2004) I rent, the main bathroom has an interesting vent system. When turned on, 2 fans are activated. One is a booster of some type and ...
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What could be wrong with my air conditioner?

My outside fan (compressor?) will not turn on. I have a week or two before the weather gets warm so thought I would try fixing it before I hire someone. Symptoms - I turn on the air. The blower ...
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I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once

I have a 4 switch (I think it's called "4-gang"?) light switch on the wall. It's not connecting to lights though, but to AC vent doors. Now, these AC vents must never all be closed at once. Meaning, ...
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Plug HRV (Constructo 2.0 ES) into power bar?

Would there be any issues if I plugged this HRV into a power bar? I have this unit (says 200 watts of power) which is in the closet of the master bedroom and plugged directly into a wall socket. I ...
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How can I add ventilation to my basement office?

I have a finished basement with an office, guest bedroom and bathroom. All about 700 sq ft. I work 12+ hours in the office and really need to get some fresh air circulating by extracting stale air. ...
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What to look for in a new furnace

I've recently been told that my furnace, which is about 20 years old, is on it's last stretch and that I should consider replacing it now rather than waiting for it to fail - potentially at a very ...
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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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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 do I size a wall sleeve for a through-the-wall air conditioner?

We are shopping for a through-the-wall air conditioner. We do not currently have a hole in the wall with a sleeve in it. We are trying to figure out what sleeve to buy. The air conditioner we like ...
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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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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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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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Connection for C wire on Mastertrol Mark V zone control panel

I have spent hours searching the web for information on this 20+ year old zone control panel, which supports 3 zones of Heat and A/C. The thermostat I'm replacing (on Zone 3) connects to T4/T5/T6 as ...
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How can I get my thermostat C wire connected? [duplicate]

I have an older furnace, on the switch block I have Y,C.W,R and an unlabeled screw that connects to the shut off it looks like. I need to hook up a thermostat that needs the C wire. I have a spare ...
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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 each zone in a two-zone heating system have its own pilot light? [closed]

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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Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal?

TL;DR: Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal? Background: I've linked a diagram of how my non-programmable thermostat is currently hooked up. I want to replace it with a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...