Questions tagged [central-air]

For questions regarding a central cooling system for your home. This is typically a split system with an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor evaporator and air handler. Air ducts are used to cool air throughout the home.

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Central air conditioning system isn't working

Ok, so I have done all the research I can and nothing is working. About 3 weeks ago my A/C was running fine nice and cold no issues. Came home to a house that was 97 degrees inside and started ...
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Why doesn't my air conditioner's drip pan drain properly?

My AC Unit in my attic is roughly 10 years old, still heats/cools exactly as it should, but I noticed yesterday that the drip pan is overflowing. What do I need to do to get the drip pan to drain? ...
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The A/C thermosat screen is blank . What can I do before calling an HVAC technician?

My A/C unit is completely separate from the heater with a different thermosat. The A/C thermosat needed new batteries. I put in new batteries and nothing the screen is blank so I changed the batteries ...
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Why does my A/C “bump” and cycle super fast at night?

I've got an ancient Armstrong Concept 1000 air conditioner (it was old when we bought the house 11 years ago) hooked up to a Nest thermostat. The furnance and blower is much more modern; it's an Aire-...
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Can a homeowner perform regular maintenance to prevent their HVAC system from leaking refrigerant?

Raise your hand if you A) own a home or property with an HVAC system, and B) have ever had a HVAC service person recharge your refrigerant due to a leak? I see everyone's hand is raised. Okay, maybe ...
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Change AC Filter size

Our central air furnace/cooler (Lennox Elite CH33-42B-2F) takes 4" filters. They can work out quite expensive, so my question is, will the system work just as well if I change to standard 1" filters, ...
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Convert 2 individual single stage systems into 1 2-stage zoned system - does it make sense?

My home is 3600 sq/ft, 2-story brick house in Houston, TX. Currently I have 2 single stage 10-seer Trane units with a 100K BTU furnace with 4-ton blower in each: one for upstairs and one downstairs....
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HVAC blower motor runs for a few minutes then stops

I have a Trane X80 furnace with a Nest gen 3 thermostat. This combo has worked flawlessly for a summer and a winter. I just switched back to "cool" and the fan and compressor come on, but the fan ...
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HVAC supply and return preferred locations

Is there a reason some HVAC supply and returns are low to the floor in the wall ( or in the floor ) vs in the ceiling other than keeping the ceiling clean looking? I've heard different opinions.
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Fixing an unsealed drip tray

So, when my air handler was installed, it seems like they didn't even bother properly connecting the drip tray. While the blower is on, I can feel air blowing out around the drip tray (downstream/...
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Length of insulated copper line set for a central air conditioner

How long can a insulated copper line set for a central air conditioner be outside the home? Is there any problem with it being as much as 10 ft.?
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blower motor only starts after I turn power to it off and back on

So I have a brand new inside blower motor and capacitor in my HVAC system. However I am experiencing this undesirable behavior where occasionally it (the blower) won't come on. The rest of the system ...
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Blower shut off but the AC unit ran for 20-30 minutes afterward

Last night I turned my AC down a couple degrees before going to bed. The AC was running at the time, so when I set the temp below the current temp, the blower turned off. After getting in bed, however,...
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Air conditioner icing up; diagnostic questions

BACKGROUND AC filter was replaced (1PM) and afternoon temperatures exceeded 83 degrees (target temp). Afternoon temperatures climbed despite the AC being on 5 hours straight (4-9PM). ...
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How to wire A/C Thermostat given different wiring conventions

I've just moved to a new apartment in which I'd like to replace the current central A/C thermostat with a new one with WIFI control. I hope it's possible! I have basic diy electric skills but no ...
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AC tripping power breaker

My central AC is dripping power breaker What I have checked Filters are clean I cleaned outside unit with water I put in a new capacitor It cools fine it just trips middle of night like 4am
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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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My AC unit won't blow cold

So, I was changing a light switch and flipping circuit breakers to find the correct one. I accidentally flipped my AC circuit breaker off and then back on. After this I noticed the AC wasn't blowing ...
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Breaker lets more Amps then its max

The last few day's I had the main breaker triped a few times, I checked the amps with a multimeter and when the central air conditioner turns on it draws 150! amps for 1 second and then goes down to ...
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Upstairs bedrooms are too hot. Would like to put in another thermostat.

I've been searching for an answer to this question but have yet to find one that applies. I'm looking to put in a new thermostat on the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are that would take over in the ...
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Repairing Leak in Refrigerant Lines

We recently found and pinpointed a leak in my copper refrigerant line (the non-insulated line) and was wondering if there was anyway to repair and replace that one spot on the line (like if there were ...
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AC Coil Corrosion?

I looked at my outdoor AC unit yesterday and it looks like the coils are starting to deteriorate. I looked online and it looks like it's some kind of corrosion. Is this fixable at this point? Or is ...
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Does a central A/C with copper lines that are too small cause compressor and diaphragm failure?

I have a 3 ton R410A A/C unit that is 8 years old and is using copper lines that are too small. Does this cause leaks, diaphragm failure, and compressor failure? The air was not blowing cold, so I ...
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Central Air Unit not Sending Enough Power to Thermostat

Right now I don't have specifics on my central air unit (make, model, etc) but hopefully the info I provide will help. I have a Second Generation (and Third Generation) Nest Thermostat hooked up to ...
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Does it take long time to turn AC unit around?

I am wondering if it can take a full day of work to turn around AC unit like in this post . Must my new air conditioning unit be 3 feet from the wall (or positioned backward)?
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can I use AC top cover for Trane XR16

My contractor installed this system yesterday, at my property: "Trane T4TTR6060C1000A RX16 5 TON XR16 A/C 16 SEER rating R410A". https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7uO-n40pIiESGJBdmhlUnFkbDQ&...
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Must my new air conditioning unit be 3 feet from the wall (or positioned backward)?

My contractor installed this system yesterday, at my property: "Trane T4TTR6060C1000A RX16 5 TON XR16 A/C 16 SEER rating R410A". Everything is working fine. I just do not like aesthetically how he ...
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Central Air and Hot Bedroom

We have central air in our house and with summer quickly approaching I am looking to address how hot our bedroom gets even with the AC running. We keep our bedroom door closed and I am guessing that ...
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A/C tune-up: “Condenser fan motor drawing high amperage”

A local A/C company was offering a deal on a home heating/cooling "check-up". I've never worked with this particular company before, and I've had some bad experiences in the past (different home, ...
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Can I install A/C in a home built in 1924 which has round heat ducts in the ceiling?

Can I install A/C in a home built in 1924 which has round heat ducts in the ceiling? I am looking at homes to purchase in Milwaukee, WI. The home seems to have all it's ductwork above the ceiling, as ...
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Continued Excessive dust in home air

I'm having minor breathing issues and suspect the home air quality, which seems to be excessively full of particles/dust. The air quality is visually noticeable daily, regardless of basic cleaning/...
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open cinder block wall in basement

I am replacing some framing and sheet rock that has been contaminated by mice. The basement has cinder block walls that come up about half way for some reason. The house was built in the 1950s. In ...
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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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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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What leaked out of small copper line when I blew a hole in on my air handler

I changed my blower motor out and in the process a wire arced out on a small copper line and blew a hole in it. What leaked out? I have since soldered up the hole and have not run the unit. I fear ...
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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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Home: Using Exhaust & Circulating Fans to Improve Air Quality While Staying Cool

In the hopes of ventilating nasty odors and airborne contaminants, I recently installed the Bionaire BW2300 in one of my kitchen windows. This is the only one I have installed in my home at the moment....
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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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Does an outdoor AC condenser unit (Heat Pump) require lubrication? Pic included

I have been in my house for 11 years now and every 3 or 4 years I have been taking the lid off my condenser unit and lubricating it. I just don’t know if I am even supposed to do this, but it make ...
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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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internal fuse on air handler blows every time it shuts off

air handler for air conditioner has worked fine since I moved into the house but this year both times the air conditioner has turned on it has not restarted. Both times so far the problem has been ...
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What to look for in central air installation?

I'm having an HVAC company install a York central air unit in my house today, and I'm wondering what things I should be looking for in the quality of the installation? Existing York central heating ...
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How to determine if my heating & cooling system is adequate for my home?

Is there some kind of calculation I can follow to determine if the heating and cooling system in my home is rated (adequate) for the size of the house? I assume there is some way to say something ...
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Buying used heat pump/AC

I'm planning to buy and install a used heat pump/AC at some point in the near future (probably looking for sellers on Craigslist or similar), and want to know what I should look for to know if the ...
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What is the smell coming through my HVAC system?

If I leave the furnace fan always running for an extended period of time (to circulate and filter the air), when the central AC turns on there is a not-so-fresh smell that is emitted through the vents....
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Is this HVAC capacitor dead?

HVAC system stopped blowing cold air today. Last time it did this, we gave it a 2-3 hour break, in case it was over-heated, and it came back. Today, same deal, but no cold air after a few hours. I ...
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What is causing my AC to trip the breaker after running for about an hour?

After I turn on my ac, about an hour or two later it will make a noise and trip the breaker. Could this be a short in my fan motor? The fan does run.
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Central Air duct does not blow

We moved into a new house last year, the central A/C works great for all the rooms (even for closet) but we have a problem in just one room. There is almost no air flow coming from that room's air ...
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Replace reusable air filter with disposable, when no size matches?

My friend's house has HVAC whose air filter is a rectangular metal frame filled with washable fiber mesh. It doesn't look like it could catch fine particles. We wanted to try an off-the-shelf ...
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How do I interpret a central air conditioner label?

The label on my central air conditioner looks a lot like this one (photo below). What do the two numbers (separated by a slash) mean for voltage and the three amperage ratings?