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Air handler for an AC in the attic collect about 1 cm of water in it before it is high enough to drain… problem?

My air handler in my attic won't drain water(because the hole is 1cm above the pan) until the water reaches that hole. Why is this setup this way. From what I have read, NO water should be in the ...
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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 insulate and elevate an A/C line set on a flat rubber roof?

The Scenario An apartment building with a flat black rubber roof. The A/C condenser is on a platform on the roof with an air handler inside the unit. The line set runs across the roof for about 20 ...
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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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High Power Bills Related to Air Conditioner

So I seem to be having trouble with my power bills (they've often been near $400 while other people in my area with a similar sized house usually get around $140), and I've isolated the issue to my ...
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Furnace added to second Floor

I am ripping my entire house apart and will be making almost an entire wall out of windows and doors,(glass). I will be changing all of the floor plans, (walls), so at the moment I am adding HVAC to ...
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Clean filters and dusty house

I have good airflow and a very dusty house and large dust balls. I have used all kinds of filters including the pleated. When filters are checked in 3-6 months they are as clean as the day they were ...
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AC capacitor testing with multimeter

When running through my check list to start the AC for the spring/summer I noticed the outdoor fan was not running, hence no cooling. I'm using a basic digital multimeter to test a capacitor with the ...
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Thermostat will not power on with C wire, but it has voltage

I recently purchased a Honeywell wifi thermostat and tried to hook it up as a replacement for an existing battery powered unit. I have a typical forced air HVAC setup with gas furnace (no heat pump), ...
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Comfortmaker Run Capacitor Location?

Where is the blower run capacitor likely to be physically located within a Comfortmaker central HVAC unit? Access is tight in the attic space. Thanks!
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Thermostat replacement in a double wide

We have a new double wide and I want to replace the thermostat with a new programmable one. We took off the old one and it has 3 red wires, 2 yellow, 1 white and 1 green. I get the 2 red indicate a ...
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time delay adjustment on Rheem elect furnace

Upon a call for heat the blower motor starts too soon resulting in cool to cold air coming out of the ceiling registers until heat strips start heating up.Wires coming from thermostat connect to ...
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HVAC - hot air flowing on both zones when only 1 zone should be on

I have 2-zone forced air heating, with separate thermostats for each zone. Normally, if the thermostat in zone 1 triggers the system to go on, the heat will only blow through the vents in zone 1. ...
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Mini Split condensate pump to condensate drain

I'm working out the details of my Mini split. I know by code I have to have it connected to a 3/4" condensate line going outside. The Mini Split's air handler is located on an inside room where I'm ...
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Temporary Remove Flex Duct

I am about to replace a load bearing wall in unfinished basement. There is flexible duct attached to plenum that I need to temporarily move out in order to put the beams in. Do i just need to cut ...
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Is there a “bending rigidity index” of some sort for semi-rigid aluminum ducts?

Some semi-rigid aluminum ducts bend easily and others do not. I want to purchase semi-rigid aluminum ducts online of a specific bending rigidity/stiffness that minimizes sagging but can be easily ...
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How to connect 4 fan coils with one wall control thermostat?

I have 4 fan coils (Sabiana sk-22)and I want to connect them with one wall control thermostat. How can I do?
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Thermostat and thermostat system for small business with several units and tenants

Am the facilities guy in a small church and pre-school. There are 8 heat pump units through out the church/schoool. Each has a stand-alone thermostat and they are all different. I would like to get ...
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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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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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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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Does polarity matter when wiring a humidifier solenoid?

The 56 was receiving 24vac whenever the furnace was on via a red wire and a white wire. 24vac was supplied to the solenoid when humidity was called for via a pair of junction terminals. The 4655 is a ...
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Should I look into getting an active or passive whole-house humidifier?

My wife and I moved into our place a few months ago. Now that is is winter, the humidity levels dropped down to 20% throughout the house. We want to install a whole-house humidifier to raise it up ...
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How to clean carbon build-up on Honeywell whole house air purifier made of aluminum?

Bought a house recently that has a Honeywell F300 whole electric house air purifier/cleaner. The cell's aluminum fins have a black baked-on dust that I expect is preventing the unit from working as ...
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Testing the exhaust of a natural gas furnace?

I recently had maintenance performed on my natural gas forced-air furnace. During this maintenance, the technician went outside and used an electronic handheld device with a wire-attached probe to ...
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Can ultrasonic humidifiers be used in a bypass setup for a whole house humidifier?

My home is about 3000sqft, with lots of high ceilings. I'm having trouble keeping the relative humidity up in the winter. When it gets down to 10F outside, the RH drops down as low as 25%. This is ...
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Why is my hydro kinetics system blowing out cold air?

I have a hydro kinetics system that is blowing out cool air when set to heat. Thermostat was replaced when I bought the house a year ago so I don't think that's the issue. Toggle switch is set to ...
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How can I reduce the noise from an HE boiler vent?

I have a HE boiler that is direct vented out the side of my house on the neighbors side, they find the 'roar' of the exhaust to be very annoying. Have anyone tried troubleshooting these to dampen/...
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How can I install a furnace register in a kitchen-cabinet toe kick?

I'm planning to install new kitchen cabinets. I'll be covering up the kitchen's existing sidewall diffuser with new cabinets, so I'd like to relocate it to a new register in the toe kick of the sink ...
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How can I tell if my bathroom ceiling vent is working properly?

Seems to take the vent forever to clear shower vapor from room. I purchased a vent that had a good rating. It is vented to the outside. How do I know if it is working properly and actually venting to ...
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Reducing air conditioner compressor vibration noise

I have a two year old Carrier air conditioner with an outdoor condenser. The condenser sits on a plastic pad on the side of my house, and I have two--one for downstairs and one for upstairs. ...
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How do I troubleshoot my central A/C?

It's 79 outside right now. It's been running for hours and it's remaining 79 inside. I'm in a brand new 2 story home in Monroe, OH. It has rained a lot recently but I just feel like it should be ...
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Why doesn't my A/C get power when using the alternate C-wire thermostat hook-up method?

I changed my old Honeywell thermostat for a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I installed it just as the directions stated. I used the alternate C-wire method as the old unit did not have one. ...
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How do I size a wall sleeve for a through-the-wall air conditioner?

We are shopping for a through-the-wall air conditioner. We do not currently have a hole in the wall with a sleeve in it. We are trying to figure out what sleeve to buy. The air conditioner we like ...
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What's causing my draft inducer to stay on?

I have a new, 3-year old, high-efficiency, gas furnace in my home. I recently realized that my draft inducer, which normally kicks on before the burners and before the main blower, is not stopping. ...
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How can I properly drain heatpump condensate?

I have a heat pump in the attic That drains to the ground outside two floors below. I naively added a hose fitting so I could redirect the water where I wanted it, slightly up hill. This created a ...
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Should drip pan be replaced with install of new furnace?

We just purchased our first home; part of the agreement of purchase was that the previous owners had to install a new furnace which was done by a professional installer from a reputable company in the ...
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Carrier Central Air Conditioner Model 38CKC042-340 with 35/5 instead of 40/5

I have this unit Carrier Central Air Conditioner Model 38CKC042-340 I was looking at http://www.repairclinic.com/Shop-For-Parts/a41b370d1182307/Model-38CKC042340-Carrier-Central-Air-Conditioner-...
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Window air conditioner fan slows to a stop in about 2 minutes

I just bought a window A/C unit and turned it to "low fan" setting. Within I think a few seconds after it started, I could hear it slowing down, which it continued to do until it came to stop, which ...
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Forced air heater filter. Pros and Cons of reusable/washable filter?

When the gas service person came by to turn on the gas after termite tenting they saw that our air intake filter for the forced air system was dirty. He offered some advice and said that there are ...
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Smart Thermostat C-Wire wrong voltage

I'm looking to upgrade the thermostats in my apartment to ones which I can control programmatically over WiFi. I opened up one of the old thermostats and discovered I have the classic "C-wire" ...
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ac unit and thermostat

I replaced the fan motor and the capicators and the thermostat but the fan still don't shut off and continues to run after the thermostat has stopped and the fan gets very hot and l have to shut it ...
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Reducing AC vent/diffuser

I want to add some smart vents to my home control system. The thing is, the largest size that they come is 12x6, and my current ceiling vent/diffuser is 12x12. I would prefer not to have to go into ...
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Random Outages on only 5 of my breakers. Open/ Bad Neutral?

Every morning when dawn comes around (5:30 - 6:30 am) the power on 5 breakers in my house seem to kick on and off with power. The breakers are my water heater (electrical/ no gas), my a/c, my kitchen ...
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Should I have a ceiling fan whose blades extend to the register?

Currently, the ceiling fan fixture and the 10x6 register are spaced by about 32" (~2 stud lengths). The room is about 350 sqft. Should we purchase a 70" ceiling fan so the blades extend out past the ...
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Cleaning of TempStar air conditioning parts

It's been 6 years since I bought the Tempstar 4 ton a/c. So far, it is running okay. But when the need arises, I want to be BOLO and do the repairs myself. So, how do I clean a TempStar a/c ...
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Both A/C air handler and outside unit won't turn on

I went to turn on my A/C for the first time this year, and nothing happened. I checked power to both the air handler and outside unit...both at getting 220v going into the boards on each. I then ...
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AC is freezing after one day of full use

I had my AC unit serviced two months ago. The unit is about three years old. This week is the first week we have had it turned on all day. Last Sunday I noticed that the AC was on, but no air was ...
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AC Unit does not receive 24 volts on outside unit

My outside unit does not turn on itself, but it does work. I just did a quick repair just thinking it was the capacitor and it was only 15 dollars for a new one so I changed that out and still had the ...