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Why is my furnace filter alarmingly clean?

I have central air and heat at my appartment I moved into about 6 months ago. Today I decided it was probably long past time to figure out how to change filters in the furnace so I poke around until I ...
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Why is my furnace blower noisy when it starts?

The blower of my furnace makes a loud noise every time it starts. I understand that a large fan and the movement of large amounts of air will produce some noise. What I am puzzled by is the noise that ...
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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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How can I add a “C” wire to my thermostat?

So, the spiffy new wi-fi thermostats want power on the C wire from thermostat, but the old thermostat doesn't have a C wire at it. What's the easiest way to add the C wire/24 volt to the thermostat ...
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Can I reroute this air duct?

I'm quite new to dealing with HVAC duct-work. We would like to install a suspended ceiling in this room. Since the finished ceiling will be higher than this duct-work, we're going to build drywall ...
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What would cause a furnace to shut off prematurely?

I've got a Carrier Weathermaker 8000 furnace that shuts off about 90 seconds or so after ignition, started doing this recently. I get flashing code "33" which indicates: The code indicates: 33 ...
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How do I disable a thermostat to prevent it from turning on the AC?

I need to disable my thermostat from turning on the AC. Yes, covertly. I think one of my housemates is missing his native Antarctica. So, the thermostat still must be active & setable, but I want ...
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Does lack of zone control delay hurt heat pump?

I had a new HVAC single heat-pump system installed with dual zone controls: 2 thermostats and 2 dampers for separate zones. The system works, but the zone control board does not have any time ...
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Is a lip necessary on an HVAC ceiling register boot for use with flexible ducting?

I've installed some new ceiling register boots to use with flexible ducting and realized after install that they have a smooth connection with no lip. I'm assuming they are made for metal ducting, as ...
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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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How do I replace an A/C diffuser attached to flex duct?

Our house has central air, with the air distributed via flex ducts around the house. On the second floor, the diffusers have baffles behind them that can be closed when the system is not in use, but ...
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Can I run heating duct work through the attic?

Problem... (in Buffalo NY) We just about finished remodeling our master bedroom. Everything insulated, drywalled and we're living in it. Now that the winter is upon us, we're already finding this ...
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What are my options for venting my oil boiler?

I have a small New Yorker AP-U (480?) boiler that is currently vented to a large flu in my house's chimney. I want to install a wood stove in my house and I'd like to use the chimney to vent it, which ...
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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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Is there a special low temperature thermostat?

I have a gas ceiling mounted furnace for my garage. I want to set my garage at 35-40° F (1-4° C). Is there a special thermostat to control furnace at that low temp? (I've seen one works as low as ...
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Where should I install a Pellet Stove to supplement my boiler?

We are purchasing a pellet stove insert for our single floor 1200 sq. ft. home. We are doing this to reduce our dependency on oil (hot water boiler), which we use to heat the house with baseboard hot ...
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It is reasonable to expect a contractor to replace the last foot of HVAC duct work, the connection between the insulated duct and the register?

The contract was to replace an antiquated HVAC and duct work. Since the registers are a standard size, would this connection also be a standard pre-fabricated part? What is that last connection ...
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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 are effective ways to frame a return air duct?

Consider an in-floor return air duct that is 32" x 22". A standard air filter that closest fits the register is 30" x 20". What materials should I use to frame the duct so it will snugly hold the ...
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Is there a wireless thermostat that will make relocating easier?

I've got a single zone which covers all three upstairs bedrooms in my home and the thermostat is located in the master bedroom. We prefer it to be somewhat cooler at night, but the baby in the ...
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What's the most common cause of A/C refrigerant lines freezing?

I noticed my house wasn't getting under 75°F this weekend when I had the thermostat set for 70°F. Since I'd done a lot of drywall sanding inside recently, my first idea was to replace the filthy air ...
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How can I keep a bedroom warmer in summer?

The master bedroom in my parent's house tends to be the coolest room in the house, and my father complains it's too cold. The A/C register in the ceiling does have a flow adjustment lever, but it's ...
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Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?

I'm looking to wire up the second floor of my house and the cold air return provides a convenient, straight run from the office to the utility room. Is it safe and within code to run ethernet cable in ...
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Are 5" thick filters for furnace/Central AC still available?

My furnace/AC was installed about three years ago. It uses 16" X 25" X 5" filters. The problem is when I try to find a replacement at my local home center: at Lowe's, Home Depot, (you name it), I ...
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What concerns should I have installing a HVAC unit and ducts in a home that's never had it?

We're looking at a house in southern Alabama that has no central heating and air. I would like to put one in. The house was built in 1950. What should I be considering about the installation?
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When insulating with closed-cell Spray Foam, what ERV and HVAC resizing considerations should I bear in mind?

I am building a 2800 sqft, two-story brick home in Austin, TX. I have heard many good things about the benefits of insulating with closed-cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (ccSPF)1, and have requested ...
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Is mold growing in my ductwork? [closed]

I am currently in a battle with my landlord over what I believe to be mold growing on the fiberglass liner of the ductwork in my apartment. He is having a specialist come to test it tomorrow, and I ...
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Is it normal for the A/C to be dripping from top pvc that's coming from attic?

I thought I remember being told that water should drip (condensation) from the bottom pvc that comes out of the house but it should never drip from the top pvc. I thought he told me that if it ...
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Adding AC to forced air system

We have an old house that happens to have forced air. Unfortunately, according to an HVAC tech it looks like there aren't sufficient return vents to add a compressor to our furnace. I guess I'm ...
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AC issues / Insulation of vaulted ceiling

Issue: If it's hot outside, ~90F, house temperature can't get below 79F. Background: 6 year old house, vaulted ceiling with 1 ceiling fan in family room where thermostat is (also 3 large windows, ...
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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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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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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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Heating/cooling system recommendations for this small house?

I will soon build my first house and I need to choose what type of heating/cooling system I'll have installed. I know very little about this and I'm seeking recommendations, ideas, suggestions, etc. ...
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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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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 ...
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HVAC vents - does wall or ceiling mount matter?

I'm going to add some crown moulding to some bedrooms. I've got HVAC vents mounted near the top of the wall and the moulding will cover part of the vent. I want to move the vents out of the way. I ...
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How do I replace a condenser fan motor in a central air unit?

The condenser fan motor on my central air unit has seized up (tried like crazy to turn it it, but no go). I'm not sure how old the motor is but I'm guessing it's original, so about 12 years old. I ...
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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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Help me choose AC model

I need air conditioning (no heat; I've got hot water radiators) for the main floor of my house (around 1000 ft2). I was offered the following models (mostly Carrier) (ordered by price, descending): ...
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Furnace Airflow

I have central air. When the furnace comes on, we can feel air coming out of the registers for a few minutes, then the airflow stops. If we turn it off for a few hours, we can turn it on again and get ...
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DIYer to skilled tradesperson

What is the process a DIYer has to go through to become a skilled tradesperson? Are the only options apprenticeships, or are there other paths to follow to learn a trade/become licensed? What type ...
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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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ductless AC split systems?

Does anyone have the ductless split AC systems offered by Mitsubishi, etc.? Is installing them a DIY job? Can you share your comments about them, in general? Edit: Inspired by DA01 comment, I'd ...
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Installing a duct fan

For a room in the basement we connected a ceiling register to an existing duct. It is not very strong, but I found this product that might make it a little more powerful: Does anybody know how ...
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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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What are good Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an MHRV and are the settings related?

I need to configure the threshold Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an whole house MHRV system. The way the system works is that if the RH threshold is exceeded the system increases the ...
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How do I connect a dryer to a dryer vent?

I just moved my dryer (gas) a couple feet to a better location in the basement. It is actually now closer to the existing dryer vent to the outside of the house. The previous owner has it connected ...
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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 ...