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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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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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Should I convert from a rooftop to a split HVAC system?

We have a packaged HVAC on the roof and the AC needs to be replaced. It's 23 years old and dying/dead. We were considering buying just an AC and keeping the package unit running for heat. We feel ...
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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 should I evaluate my central A/C to see if it's working properly?

I was once told by a service tech that they evaluate how well the system is performing based on temperature difference between the the return and supply sides. On our first really warm day (80F+), I ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to manually control HVAC without thermostat?

I would like to create a solution (Probably with Arduino) to control my AC remotelly. Opening my thermostat and doing some tests I got these values bellow: Blue (C) - Neutral (AC) Red (R) - Phase ...
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Do I need an HVAC vent in this bathroom?

The finished portion of my basement was completed after the original construction. I've found a few questionable practices, including the lack of an HVAC vent in the basement bathroom (shown in green ...
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How can I increase the effectiveness of the A/C in a hot 2nd floor converted attic master suite?

Just bought a 1940's masonry construction house. House has a finished basement (cold as a meat locker), first floor (comfortable) and 2nd floor (too hot). The 2nd floor is an attic that has been ...
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central a/c won't cool

My A/C unit was just checked last week- the tech said it had enough freon. Monday we had a nasty storm- electricity flickered, but never went out. After the storm, we noticed the a/c went on, but it ...
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Can I use a secondary thermostat as a timer for my air conditioning system?

I want to install a timer on a split air conditioning unit to accommodate my energy plan hours. Too many people change the thermostat. Could another thermostat be used at the pump, controlling one ...
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How should I wire a Trane air handler & heat strips?

Looking for validation or correction on my understanding of requirements for wiring 5 ton Trane air handler with 20kw heat strips. Of course, I read the label and identified that there are (2) 240v ...
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Is it possible to add a “C” wire to my electric heater?

I bought a Wifi Thermostat but my old thermostat did not have a Common Wire. I can't use any of the swapping the G for the C solutions because I have an electric heater. I was told by Honeywell that I ...
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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 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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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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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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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 is the best place to install an Air-conditioner in a room?

I'm trying to decide where to install my ductless split Air-Conditioner. For the indoor unit, is it ok to install it above a window? will placing the indoor unit at the corner of the wall reduce the ...
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AC unit won't turn on: both inside blower fan and outside fan unit won't turn on

AC unit won't turn on: both inside blower fan and outside fan unit won't turn on. It is as if I had gone to the circuit breaker and cut the power to the whole HVAC system, but I didn't. I've been ...
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How can I add a C wire with this unusual installation?

I recently got a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat, which requires a C-wire. I have 5-wires going to my current thermostat, with only 4 being used. So I thought adding the 5th as my C-wire was going to ...
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Can I use a power gable fan and ceiling louver vents to pull cool air into my house?

I live in L.A. We only have really hot weather 5-10 days a year and it usually cools off at night (outside). I also have a large Gable vent in my attic. (recently added with addition) I would like ...
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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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How can i add a common “C” Wire to this old system?

I have an oil HVAC that was put in back in 1996. I sadly do not know the model of the furnace and cannot dig out any paperwork on it. Anyways, i want to go with some of the bells and whistles for a ...
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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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How do I connect a C wire to an Utica PEG112CDE steam boiler?

I want to upgrade my old mercury thermostat that I currently have to a newer programmable thermostat. This little DIY project is for my first late 1920's home that I recently purchased. I currently ...
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Why does my heat pump keep triggering the high-pressure cut-off?

Our Rheem heat-pump is on the fritz. It keeps triggering the high-pressure cut-off on the outdoor unit. We've had problems with this happening before, but only when the outside temperature got to ...
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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. ...