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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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Condenser is always running

I recently rewired two thermostats into one Honeywell RTH9580WF1005 Wifi Thermostat. I ran a new wire and hooked up R and W to the oil boiler and Rc, C, G, and Y to the Goodman air handler. The Y is ...
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Ecobee restarts when calling AC - old analog thermostat worked

I just installed an ecobee 4 and I have a C-wire so it seemed straightforward. The ecobee shows that it detected all the expected wires. However when it tries to call the AC it instantly restarts ...
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Supports for air handler block intake

My air handler is supported by 2x4's which partially cover the filtered intake. I'd say there's 5-6" of blockage over the 21.5" filter size opening. Old air handler replaced after 12 years (due to ...
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Installing thermostat but can't disconnect power

I just bought a house, and I'm trying to save some money by doing simple projects, on my own. I just purchased a smart thermostat and I am trying to follow the directions, for installation. The ...
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Are these AC ducts beyond cleaning?

I moved into a upstairs apartment- studio 425 sq feet. The building is a 2 story building. It was built in 1971. I had a bad musky meldew smell in my apartment. My AC broke and the landlord placed a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What size A/C unit should I install?

currently using a Goodman 24000 BTU Central air, installed in '96. it is starting to cost too much because of leakage of refrigerant. I did the size calculator thing and it recommends a 30000 BTU unit,...
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A/C - Repeated Freon Leaks & Run Capacitators/Fan failures

My senior citizen father has a home warranty policy. Different contractors have worked on the A/C every year since 2011. He services it in the spring and changes the filter regularly, but we live in ...
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Can a roof A/C be installed on a concrete slab on the floor without being on a mounting?

An A/C company came out and replaced my A/C with a new unit a few years ago. I've had A LOT of problems with it freezing since then. I noticed a lot of mold on the bottom of the unit itself and it ...
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How to improve heating/AC flow in second floor?

We moved into our house about a year ago and the second floor in my house never get enough heat in winter or cold AC in the summer. Our first floor can be a 72F deg while our upstair stays at nearly ...
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Heating System Premature CutOff / DIY Options?

I've collected all of the facts about my system and the problem we are seeing. We have two external air pump units outside the house and a Rheem furnace (GH36S, 36000 BTU) that appears to be working. ...
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Condenser fan quits on a Goodman heat/air unit

I have an older Goodman heat and air outside unit. I can run the heat on it for awhile, sometimes 30 minutes sometimes 40 minutes and sometimes longer, but then the condenser fan just stops but the ...
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Can I fix damaged AC line insulation with tape?

The foam insulation around the suction line on my ac has deteriorated, so I covered it completely with tape. Was this an OK thing to do. Am I harming anything? I have not run my AC since I did this.
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Why doesn't my home cool down when the air conditioners run?

I have two HVAC systems (2x condenser outside, 2x evap in). I just got them repaired after they started leaking two years ago (have not used it for two years). Both AC's came with the house, and I ...
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Amana Prestige Air Con fan won't spin

I have an old Amana Air Con unit that stopped working. The fan won't spin. The condenser kicks in. I can manually spin the fan and it goes like a champ. I have replaced the cap already. Any ideas or ...
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AC Capacitor Or Another Problem? (And What Type Of Capacitor?)

I'm wondering if anyone can help me identify the issue here: My AC went out. I'm positive there's a capacitor problem since I can actually kickstart the fan motor but it doesn't have any effect on ...
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How do you block cold air flow from an AC vent without blocking the vent?

From what I've read it seems that it's a bad idea to cover central air conditioning vents. So what can I do to control the cold air coming through one vent without lowering the AC for the rest of the ...
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Connect C wire to Carrier board

I got Carrier board HK61EA010 and extra C-blue wire that is not connected to the board. I wanna use this wire to power WI-FI thermostat. I cannot find the manual for this board. Does anyone know where ...
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AC Air Intake Compartment - Is Repairing This a Reality?

I moved into a 425 sq ft apartment about a month ago. The AC had a leak for awhile. When I found it, they replaced the AC. I have had the new AC for about 2 weeks. I have a musky old wood odor in my ...
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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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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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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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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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How to insulate this portion of split AC Pipe?

I bought a new Hitachi split AC lately which isn't cooling as much I was expecting. I checked for leaks/bad installation and found this. (This is connection point of external pipe and pipe which ...
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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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A/C system reports Limit Switch Stuck Open

Unit is a York GM9S080B12UP11G. When switching thermostat to cool, the system activates the compressor fan. Also, I can hear gases moving through the pipes running to the compressor. However, the ...
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Heat pump not working after rain

A couple weeks ago, I had a Goodman 3 ton heat pump split system put in. At 5pm hours today, I was outside near the heat pump and noticed that it was functioning properly. At about 6pm, there was a ...