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Window AC not cooling

I've GE window AC 0.75 ton it has stopped cooling I cleaned the nylon net properly with old tooth brush,it was totally blocked Then I combed the metallic horizontal fin like structures which were ...
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What is causing this air-conditioning unit to cool on cold days?

This is a temperature log from a reverse cycle air conditioning system that has run fine for getting on for 30 years. It has suddenly started to blast out cold air on days when it should be heating. ...
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how to install a casement window ac unit in a standard horizontal window?

Ok... I have scoured the internet. I was given 2 casement window ac units. Both of my heat pumps were stolen and this is an army wife turned widow make do type situation for while I save to replace ...
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Is installing a packaged HVAC unit (PTAC) a realistic DIY project?

I'm a handy guy and can do pretty much anything around the house that I put my mind to. Assuming I can handle the part of the install that is outside (the concrete pad, the hole in the crawlspace ...
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Issues after capacitor replaced on AC unit

Had a checkup on my AC/ furnace a couple weeks ago. The technician said the capacitor leaking oil and not pulling enough amps. He recommended me getting a whole new system. (My house was built 6 yrs ...
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Should I get a single- or two-stage furnace for my three-floor brick home?

I just bought a house that has a furnace on its last legs. The house is 1941 masonry in Chicago with 3 floors: finished basement, first floor and a second floor that is a converted attic with vaulted ...
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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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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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No AC. I have a few HVAC troubleshooting questions

I'm having issues with my AC. Basically, the symptom is that I feel cold air coming out of the vent, but it has no pressure, almost like I have to put my hand IN THE VENT COVER to feel any cold air. ...
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ecobee3 Installation - Thermostat Y Terminal (yellow) Wire Connects to C Terminal Board

enter image description hereI'm attempting to install a new ecobee3 on an older Coleman Evcon gas furnace and AC HVAC system. The system is what I would consider typical residential as far as I can ...
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My A/C Unit stopped working after replacing blower motor

Any idea what I may have done wrong here or how to check? I replaced my blower motor (it was 100% compatible and had the proper capactitor), and upon starting it up the blower did nothing and the A/...
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Should I install a doorway fan or dehumidifier?

I have central air in a rancher (one floor), and the living room is on one end of the house. That room is on a slab, and has always been noticeably hotter in the summer and colder in the winter than ...
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lennox AC condenser Fan running backwards

I have been trying to figure this out for a little while and about to check into the nutty house!! The Condenser fan went bad in my AC Unit. It was a 3 wire motor. I got a Universal replacment motor ...
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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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Residential HVAC: one main thermostat, what do the other thermostats in the rooms do?

Are the other thermostats only meant for non-force air heat only? Does it mean only one thermostat in the house needs to have both heating and cooling, and auto or fan-only switches? It sure make ...
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WIFI thermostat no C wire

I hooked up a Honeywell WiFi thermostat last fall. There is no C wire in the furnace & the Honeywell rep suggested I wire up a small separate transformer with new wires going to the C and RC ...
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replacing single pole York A/C contactor

I am trying to replace a single pole contactor with burned contacts on York package unit Model D3YS030N064069. The old contactor has four 24 volt lugs on one side. The new contactor has 2 on each side....
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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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Is my AC right-sized for my house

2 years ago I had a Bryant 2 Ton 13 Seer Air Conditioner + new furnace and coils installed in my 2800 sqft ranch style house with 6 bedrooms and 2 baths split evenly between the basement and main ...
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A/C not keeping up

So, the first warm-ish day of summer finally showed up in the Black Hills yesterday and I noticed that our central air conditioning was not really keeping up... the thermostat was set at 72, but the ...
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Is it economically reasonable to cool the roof by water evaporation

I want to estimate the outcome before going into hassle of installing the sprinklers/mist emitters. I have a place on the last floor, you can call it an attic, directly under a flat roof which is ...
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Bring HVAC Ducts to the Ground?

I'm finishing my basement. Is there any benefit to bringing the vents from the basement ceiling to the ground after I finish framing?
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Why does my furnace run periodically when the thermostat is off?

I just moved into a small apartment that has oil tank / water baseboard heaters. At first the furnace would not come on at all, after hearing the "click" in the thermostat. Maintenence was sent 3 ...
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What are the two pipes coming out of the back of my outside air conditioner?

On the back of my air conditioner there are two pipes: One is covered with insulation and one is bare pipe. What is the purpose of these pipes?
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Changing Trane Baystat240a to another thermostat

I want to change my current thermostat to a programmable electric one (no batteries). Could someone verify if it does have a common wire and if all wiring could fit modern thermostats? Looking at the ...
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Need to know where to connect my C wire [duplicate]

I had the extra wire in the wires run from my thermostat to my A/C, but the old thermostat did not need the C wire, so it was cut and stuff on both ends. While installing the new thermostat I ...
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Why “W” (heat contactor) and “E” Aux Heat connected in Thermostat

I'm trying to update my thermostat to one that has a scheduling feature. My plan is to just copy how it was hooked up in an old 129N Thermostat from Armstrong however, I can't figure out why the "W" ...
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When is a variable-speed compressor HVAC unit worth the cost?

Surprise, its summer and our AC broke down. We were quoted prices for installation of the current standard (SEER 14) AC units (about $6500 unit cost and installation) vs Trane's SEER 18 AC units ($...
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G to C trick not working for cooling. Honeywell RTH9080WF

My electric furnace has no c terminal. Furnace is heat & cool both. (Lennox Electric Fan coil Model CBS18-21-3P). I installed Honeywell RTH9080WF. I switched G to C on my thermostat and got the ...
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Troubleshoot AC issue, no inside blower

I need help troubleshooting Rheem RAHE-036JAS, Armstrong G1N80AU125D20C-1, Honeywell ST9160B 1068 Board, Honeywell SV9520H 8034 Gas Valve. About a week ago, AC and Heat were working fine. After ...
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Difference in total pressure when HVAC system is on or off

This is a follow up question to one that I asked here. I am measuring the total pressure at the registers (all registers are open) with the BMP180 pressure sensor and somehow they don't change very ...
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Help AC question

We purchased a home last year, at one time it was zoned with separate AC units upstairs and down. Well a past owner took out the upstairs unit but left the blower in the attic, there is duct work ...
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A/C still blows when unit is off.

Our A/C is turned off but we still get cold air coming out of the vent diffusers. This is from our downstairs unit. Is that a problem?
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Who do I hire to design my home HVAC system?

Preface I need to buy a new HVAC system for my 1930s home. I currently have forced air duct system. My gas furnace was installed in 1985 and is rusting out, and I'm not sure about the air conditioner....
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How to repair pierced refrigerant line in chest freezer?

My idiot friend was screwing brackets inside an ice cream freezer with self-tapping screws, and one of the screws pierced a copper line containing refrigerant. Apparently it made a crazy hissing sound ...
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Duct static pressure vs ambient air pressure

I've read that air handlers are typically rated for 0.5 iwc. Doing a simple conversion, this comes out to about 125 Pa. Is this with reference to the ambient air pressure? So, if I had an absolute ...
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Can I move an attic furnace downstairs

I love the single unit HVACs. I hate the unit in the attic - it has leaked so many times. Now that I am ready to replace the attic unit, I was wondering if I could have the same setup as my 1st floor ...
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A/C Air Handler Leaking Water Everywhere

I have a relatively old air handler that has worked fine for many years. Just recently, it started leaking water everywhere, and it seems to be seeping from inside the base of the air handler itself (...
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Can I pump down an Air Conditioner myself?

We are planning on having a new concrete patio poured in a couple of weeks and need to move our AC unit to make way for the slab. Is it possible for a layman to pump down the coolant and move the ...
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How to fill / seal in-slab hvac ductwork?

My house is built on a slab. Within the slab are "channels" which act as ducts for the HVAC system. I assume it is partially lined with metal but based on photos from an HVAC-cleaner, it's hard to ...
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How to fix uneven central heating and air?

My central heating and air conditioning system does not heat my home evenly. Half of the house gets significantly warmer / cooler than the other half. I have tried adjusting the registers, but to no ...
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Can't get my AC to turn on at all

Recently our AC stopped working. The thermostat is working properly, but the unit just started blowing hot air. I've never worked on a AC before, but I was trying to save some money. Anyway: I ...
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Where does the C wire connect in a dual transformer system?

When wiring a common ground (C wire) for a dual transformer system, does it matter which transformer you connect the ground too? I'd assume that the ground on either transformer would serve as a ...
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Can I connect two wires to a single screw terminal in my HVAC system?

I am installing a new honeywell WiFi thermostat but the old battery operated thermostat had batteries and no "C" wire. I look at both the thermostat and the air handler and found an extra un-used blue ...
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Can I remove HVAC pipes after exposing the ceiling?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement and have two related questions about removing the HVAC ducts/pipes. Pictures attached here: http://imgur.com/a/qep4w 1. Is it OK to remove the ...
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Why does the outside fan stop but the blower fan continues to run?

We can have the thermostat set on 76 but wont stay 76 in house. Will come on when temperature is 79 in the house.
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Central AC Tripping Circuit Breaker (sometimes)

When my AC first turns on, it will typically trip the circuit breaker shortly after the compressor and fan start up. If I reset the breaker, and turn the AC back on, it will usually run just fine and ...
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heat pump/air conditioning wiring to thermostat

We decided to change the thermostat of our heat pump/air conditionnning unit. First 3 images are the old unit. The first 3 wires(1 and 2 picture) yellow red orange were not connected to anything, just ...
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Allergies and an economizer

I had an economizer added to my HVAC system last fall, which is fantastic for cooling my second floor down in the evenings during the shoulder seasons where the weather is cool in the late afternoon ...
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How to Change Chinese HVAC Thermostat

I am looking to put Nest thermostats in the house, I have now found out my entire house (one in each room, 6 of them) has been wired with HVAC Chinese U12A UNIVERSAL A/C CONTROL SYSTEM urrgh – they ...