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Are there testers for thermostats?

One of my A/C units was struggling to keep the temp. down to 85 three weeks ago. The pipe outside was slightly frosted so I already knew the unit was a little low of refrigerant. Called repair company ...
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Upstairs/downstairs cooling- leave it on or off?

It's 100+ here in Texas. My house has separate air conditioners for upstairs and downstairs. We rarely go upstairs, but I'm told that we have to account for air flow "chimney effect" up the stairway ...
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New Common Wire To Programmable Thermostat-What Went Wrong?

Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated! I've read a number of the related posts so if you're reading this, chances are I have already benefitted from some of your wisdom. While ...
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What should I do after a low-voltage wire was cut putting the furnace door back on?

I have the basic Honeywell thermostat that a lot of people have. All the thermostat wires go to the blower in the attic (for the central air). They are spliced with wires that then go to the furnace. ...
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HVAC breaker issue

My HVAC (Tempstar 5300XL) comes on automatically at the preset temperature. It may run cold for 45 minutes to an hour, then trips the breaker. What is the most logical problem, and solution?
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What are the possible reasons I am not getting cold air from my air conditioner?

my heat pump outside is working but my central air conditioning/heating unit in the garage makes a hissing sound or faint sound of water running. There is air coming from the vents. The very last time ...
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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HVAC System Just Installed Yesterday and AC condenser outside is blowing cold ir

HI my just installed ac condenser is blowing cold air out side . when I put my hand over it and move it around most of the air is hot but a portion of it is cold. Is this right ?
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Why won't my thermostat control the HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats?

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Smart Thermostat - No C-Wire - No Controller Board

This one seems to be a little different from previous questions on the subject. Here is the dilemma, I don't see a transformer. I have included a few pics. There are Three wire bundles. For ease ...
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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my ...
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AC not cooling using heat pump

I just bought a house and this is my first experience with using a heat pump. I have put in several hours of research and understand how it works but I need someone that has experience to give me some ...
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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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Help installing new thermostat

disclaimer, this is my first attempt at doing any type of electrical work, so apologies in advance for any wrong terminology :) I attempted to install a new Honeywell programmable thermostat. When I ...
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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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Can I have a separate thermostat for a wood boiler?

I want to wire a separate thermostat for my outdoor wood boiler so that just the furnace fan will come on without the propane kicking on. This is a Coleman furnace. Is this possible and if so, how ...
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What could cause my Carrier furnace fan to sometimes stop running?

I have a Carrier system: FURNACE 58UVB080; AC 24APA530, CONTROLLER SYSTXCCUIDO1-B, approximately 7 years old. New filter, impeccable condition. I was initially told by the licensed installers that ...
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How can I prevent a secondary condensation drain line from dripping down the side of my house?

I have 2 central AC units in my 2 story house. From what I was told by the last AC repair man that visited, each of my ac units in the crawl space/attic has a main drain line that drains directly ...
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Goodman system stops running [closed]

I have a Goodman electric heat & air system that was installed about a month ago I've had issues since then. I had a technician come out and he had it running fine then all of a sudden it stopped ...
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How can I move hot air from a cathedral ceiling to colder bedrooms?

My main living room has a 25 foot cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan including a staircase going to the second story bedrooms. The thermostat is situated in this space. There is space to install a ...
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Can dehumidification be achieved in a typical US residential forced-air system without dedicated components?

We have a very typical forced-air HVAC system with a medium-efficiency gas furnace and split-system central air conditioner in our house; however, latent load buildup (i.e. stickiness) is a problem ...
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Transfer Grille Baffle

I just finished building a new home and as part of the Energy Star rating transfer grilles were installed above each of the bedroom doors to allow air exchange when the doors are closed. The problem ...
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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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Problem- air condition- compressor and fan outside not on

I'm new to hvac. My ac was working fine but it decided to die one day. I've been able to fix my ac, but it continues to happen(the same problem), and it is not easy to get to the ac (it's on the ...
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Can the A/C temperature through a vent be significantly lower than in the air handler?

Can the A/C temperature coming out a vent be significantly lower than the temperature in the air handler above the evaporator coil? If so, how does the air get colder as it comes out the vent? Or ...
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Installing Honeywell WiFi Thermostat

I am trying to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. I bought the Honeywell RTH9580 with WiFi. I can get power to the new thermostat and get the fan running. However, it will not work when the fan ...
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No electricity going to thermostat

Our old thermostat is working but I want to change to a new one (nest thermostat). I have two exact HVAC unit at home. I change one it works but when I change the second one it doesn't work because ...
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Furnace is Sweating an Abnormal Amount

I noticed my furnace sweating a couple days ago. It's hot and humid where I live so I was only mildly concerned. It was a high of 74F today with humidity around 70% which is, relatively, nothing. ...
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How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?

I have an AC unit with the following specs: Cooling Capacity: 1260 kcal/h, 1.47kW, 5000 Btu/h Fan Motor Power: 0.034 kW Current: 0.155 A My question is how much power does this unit actually ...
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Dust reduction and removal?

I have a room with west facing windows (I dont think the direction bears any importance to this question), but for some reason this room seems to accumulate dust on surfaces a lot faster than other ...
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Is it possible to use my window A/C unit without actually installing it in the wall?

So, here's the dilemma. I want to install a window unit in my garage. I know how to do this, but my wife isn't supportive of the idea because we are trying to sell the house currently. Anyways, ...
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HVAC system that pulls-in cold air from outside?

My house has an existing forced-air heating system and I'm looking at getting central AC added in a few weeks' time (indeed, I've booked contractors for estimates next week). An AC system would keep ...
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How can I add a C-wire to a Venstar T5800 thermostat?

I am trying to replace my existing thermostat. My old thermostat has: Rh, W (coming from the heating unit). Rc, Y, G (coming from the AC unit). On the Venstar T5800, I can map as follows: Rh+Rc ...
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why does my heat pump wiring diagram show 7 wires going to the thermostat but the thermostat only says it needs 5?

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for my heat pump. The thermostat that I am planning on buying has the following terminals C, G, Y, O/B, RC, R, Aux, E, and L. The instructions say to jump the RC ...
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Ac running but my blower will not

My ac unit stopped feed cold air from the unit outside. The main fan on top is spinning fine and my lines are freezing but the blower in the unit is just barely turning. Can someone tell me what would ...
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What could be causing an orange flame on all appliances?

I have an orange flame in all my gas appliances (gas furnace, gas water heater, and gas stove) and cannot seem to determine the cause. Background So far, I have had the gas company come out. I had ...
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Older home with no AC plenum…replace our entire AC system as suggested?

We have an older home that has a large living-area/fireplace room; the AC unit sits over it in the attic. Earlier this year, in that room, we noticed a crack beginning to form in the ceiling sheet ...
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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 started ...
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HVAC leaking cold air at unit: seal with tape?

I was in my crawlspace today and noticed that there was cold air leaking from a grouping of three round openings in my unit (pictured in the middle of the photo below). The outer two holes had rubber ...
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What could be causing my Lennox furnace to blow cool air?

My Lennox outside furnace is blowing cool air, not hot even when the burner is lit. It takes 3 times longer to heat the house than it should. I just had the draft motor replace about a month ago and ...
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One portable air conditioner - want to use it in two rooms

I have a Kenmore portable air conditioner model - 408.72012. this particular model can be housed on the outside of the building and the A/C air is vented into the inside space (normally through a ...
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How can I determine the start up amps on a 3 phase 5 ton A/C unit?

I am trying to properly size a home generator and my concern is the start up amps on a 5 ton AC unit (15 years old R22 Goodwin type). My home power is unique because we have 3 phase (the AC is on 3 ...
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Why would my house be so humid even when the A/C is running?

I live in Florida which this year has been particularly hot and humid. However, a while back I noticed mold in my closet and a very musty smell in my living room. Actually I even found mold growing on ...
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Should I add a return or another supply to a large room with only one supply?

I just moved into a new house and I have that one room that always seems to be hot. It's on the 2nd floor of the house with the attic over it. The other 2 rooms on the 2nd floor are always a nice ...
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Why would the condensing unit fan shut off but not the compressor?

We have an allegiance 12 unit circa 2001, model 7a2024a100a3, the fan starts up and runs for about 5 minutes then shuts off, the compressor is still on and seems to build up a bit the "flush" or so it ...
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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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Issues after capacitor replaced on AC unite

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 built 6 yrs ago) ...
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Gap between 6“ dia wall thimble & 6” hvac pipe

I bought a 6" dia aluminum wall thimble to vent my 6" dia hvac steel exhaust pipe through to the outside. However, the diameter of the 6" thimble is actually 6 3/4". How do I effectively insulate the ...
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How can I better control temperature differences between floors in my two story home that has two HVAC systems?

We have 2600 sq ft on the main level and 800 on the 2nd floor. To the 2nd floor, there is a staircase and with a door on the bottom floor. We have our master upstairs and don't use the room at all ...
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Can using a new evap coil on top of an older furnace cause problems?

I am getting quotes for a new R410A condenser unit/evaporator coil from several HVAC contractors. A salesperson refused to give me a quote unless I purchase a new furnace as well. He said that he has ...