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Should my A/C compressor come on when I turn only the fan on?

I have a bog standard HVAC system with a Nest thermostat. When I tell the theromostat to turn the fan on for 15 minutes the A/C compressor also kicks on. Is this normal?
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Running air handler condensate drain into sump?

The condensate drain from our air handler now runs across the wall and into the laundry sink. This is stopping us from attaching shelving to the wall. I noticed that the sump pump pit is right next to ...
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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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How do I identify the C terminal on my HVAC?

How do I identify the C terminal on an HVAC, furnace, or boiler? If the terminals don't have a screw labeled C what should I look for on the wiring diagram? What steps should I take if a wiring ...
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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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How do I reinstall round 6" duct pipe in my basement?

The 6" duct pipe was removed in my basement. I am trying to put it back up, but the pieces will not go together. The pipe is no longer round, and even when i try putting pieces together that have the ...
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Is there a trick to getting round HVAC duct pieces to fit together

I have been doing some basic HVAC duct work as part of a remodeling project and I can never get the pieces to fit together without massive amounts of elbow grease and mangling the ends. Is there some ...
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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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Converting from Radiator to either Radiant or Vent [closed]

I am in the process of renovating our house and would like to know if we can convert to Radiant heat from radiator and still keep the same Hot Water Heater and the original piping. If not, which ...
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Central AC is Icing up, but not cooling my house

My central air conditioner isn't cooling like it used to. I noticed that the refrigerant lines entering the evaporator coil in the plenum were icing up. What might the problem be?
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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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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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What could be causing an A/C blower motor to turn off randomly?

The Blower motor on my AC unit turns off at random times while the outside unit continues to run which is causing the coil to freeze up. The blower won't come on for 30-45 minutes after the AC has ...
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Does my crawl space need venting

I have a crawl space under my main entrance of the house. It's about 3' tall. I added a heat duct because the floor at the entrance was always cold. So my question is do I need to vent the crawl space ...
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Replacement thermostat wiring

I have an American Standard heat pump AC. I'm replacing a White-Rodgers manual thermostat (where I move a switch from cold to heat) with a Honeywell RTH7600 (which will automatically switch from cold ...
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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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What material is allowed for a furnace room ceiling material?

What types of material, other than drywall, are acceptable by Ohio HVAC Code for the ceiling of a small furnace room which will: Have return air ducts (only) passing through it to attic space. Butt ...
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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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Zoned oil furnace and AC thermostat question

I recently moved into a new home and wanted to replace the old thermostats with digital Honeywell ones. From what I understand the home has a Rheem 10 Seer (1996) compressor and a Williams oil furnace ...
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Why is my A/C's breaker tripping all the others?

I noticed the A/C wasn't coming on - even the outside compressor - so I checked the breaker and the two switches that the A/C is on were tripped. At this point no other breaker was affected. I went to ...
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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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Furnace not working properly with digital thermostat

I have been attempting to use several different types of digital thermostats to replace my old mercury thermostat, however none of them are able to control the furnace properly. All of them are able ...
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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. ...
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Why is my furnace blower running at low speed?

My Payne gas furnace (PG8UAA 42091) automatically shuts down after it lights and burns for two minutes. It then gives a 33 fault code. I've done some research and some testing and have narrowed the ...
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Why won't my A/C turn on after I replaced the thermostat batteries?

Our thermostat died yesterday, but after replacing the dead batteries with fresh batteries, and confirming the LCD screen was operable, our AC no longer turns on. I have attempted a factory reset on ...
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New condenser fan motor burned out

AC technician replaced my condenser fan (through a home warranty service). The new fan worked for 5 min and stopped working after that. the fan motor was extremely hot (180F or more) The old fan motor ...
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Should I add an escape register for added ventilation in A/C duct to reduce condensation?

I have a condensation and drippage problem where my 8" exposed circular AC duct comes out of the ceiling. Above the ceiling is the attic, meaning it gets pretty hot. The pipe comes out of the ceiling ...
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Why does the blower in the attic vibrate during heating when it is really cold?

We have a Carrier heat pump system in our home, and the blower is located in the attic. When it is especially cold, the blower runs on high (there are three levels: high, medium, low). During this ...
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Can I remove my vent covers without disconnecting the duct?

I have an old house with flexible duct work in the ceiling. There is mold in at least one. Can I remove the vent covers to clean or will that disconnect the duct work in the attic from the vent ...
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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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Can a problem with heater stack liner cause outside chimney mortar to crack and fall out

I had "high-efficiency" furnace installed in 2009. In 2011 chimney required full grind-out and repoint job, and chimney saver solution was applied to prevent water damage. Service lasted only 18 ...
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Can I remove the insulation from flex duct

I am trying to fit a 7" flex duct between some floor joists and it would fit better without the insulation. Can I remove the insuluation and just use the plastic part?
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Why do the evaporator and suction lines freeze when there is low refrigerant?

In an AC, why does a low refrigerant condition cause the evaporator, and/or suction line, to freeze up?
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Which should I do first? replacing furnace or resurfacing concrete floor?

I'm going to get two things done in my basement soon (by hiring professionals), but I'm wondering what the right order of operations is. One task is to replace the gas furnace that sits near the ...
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Foil tape failure in HVAC unit

On a recent trip up into my attic, I found out that the air conditioner was blowing cold air into the attic. In several places at the AC unit, the foil tape had become unsealed. In the interest of not ...
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Humidity Levels

What is a healthy and safe humidity level that I should try to keep my house at?
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What is wrong with my air conditioner

I have been using my air conditioner on and off all summer. The weather hasn't been really that bad this year. But now that the weather is reaching high 80s, my air conditioner decides to die on me. ...
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What does the low limit do, and where should it be set on an oil fired hot water furnace?

What does the low limit do, and where should it be set? My furnace has a honeywell triple aquastat relay and has a difference dial. Water temp is about 190 deg F. Also, water psi gauge is only ...
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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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What could cause the blower in my furnace to come on?

Ok my blower just turned on, my propane furnace and it's not in operation due it being summer. My thermostat is set at 65 and the room temp is 78. The heater never actually fired it was only the ...
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What are the pros and cons of a whole house humidifier?

In the winter, my house (~2500 sqft) becomes unbearably dry. Last winter, my wife and I used a tiny humidifier for the master bedroom to keep us from completely drying out, but since then I have been ...
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How much cooling can I expect from a central air conditioner?

Yesterday's high was 106.0F, low of 79.2F, full sun all day. AC set at 78F, indoor temperature reached about 85F. Today's high was 105.4F, low of 81.1F, full sun all day, now about 102 at 7pm. AC ...
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Electric panel distance from windows and/or gas service entry

I can't find anything specific anywhere else, but what is the minimum distance a main electrical panel can be from a window when the panel is mounted on the outside of the house? Additionally, is ...
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Home inspection requires exhaust to attic exterior

We have sold our 1995 built home. One item that needs to be addressed is "Bathroom fans vent to attic and need to exhaust to the exterior of the attic to prevent moisture condensation in attic." I ...
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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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Furnace filter inserted backwards, will this cause permanent damage?

Just found out that my wife changed the last furnace filter and inserted it backwards. This was noticed after the ac was not cooling the house very well. I went outside and noticed that the coil ...
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How to connect a DIY thermostat to the HVAC System

I am building a DIY thermostat similar to this blog. I want to connect it to the HVAC system of my home. How do I do that? I found this post which is very informative but doesn't completely answer my ...
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Need to run a “C” wire to thermostat but control board has no “C” [duplicate]

I am looking to replace a thermostat with one that needs a C wire... which my current thermostat does not. I have some extra wires in the thermostat wiring that are unused... so I went down to the ...
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How do outdoor mist-cooling A\C units fare in real-world usage?

I live in Phoenix where summer outdoor temperatures regularly exceed 110°F and humidity around 15% or lower is not uncommon. In this environment a mist system can easily pull the temperature down ...
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A/C Unit Has Leaking, Has Ice Buildup

Came home yesterday to find that the house was burning up and the thermostat had automatically switched itself to heat... in the summer! We didn't know what was going on, and assumed some sort of ...