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Water Main coming into house - is just super cold and keeps the basement cold

Just getting out of the winter, although it keeps snowing here in Chicago. Recently moved into a new home, and have a concern regarding the main water line coming into the building. The water line ...
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Condensate drain line freezing. Need an internal solution

I have a residential 16-SEER four-ton air handler/heat pump unit with a built-in humidifier. Both summer AC condensate and winter humidifier over-run feed into a condensate pump which is on the ...
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Water backing up into Refrigerator Freezer

I have a General Electric HTS20GBCCC fridge that, after working faithfully for over a decade, suddenly started forming a layer of ice in the bottom of the freezer compartment. I looked it up online, ...
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Outdoor faucet's indoor shutoff valve not working - OK to drip water out of faucet through winter?

We have an outdoor faucet on the side of the house with a shutoff valve that no longer appears functional. (Thankfully, the house's main water valve does shut off water, but many other valves appear ...
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Freeze prevention in garage

My garage is below a heated room, and there are heating pipes running through the garage to heat that room. In the recent incredibly cold spell in New England, one of those pipes froze and burst. I ...
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Furnace Condensate freezing on siding

I am helping a client with an issue related to the condensate line on their furnace. It is a high efficiently LP furnace installed in an attic with a condensate line that drains to the exterior. The ...
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Frigidaire freezer making intermittent grinding noise [Video]

My freezer has been making an intermittent grinding noise recently, and it seems like it is getting progressively worse. It seems that the noise gets really bad, with the grinding events occurring ...
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Winterizing a home

I'd like to know how to winterize a home. Are there any special instructions other than putting in regular antifreeze in all fixtures , open valves to drain the pipes and drain the pressure and hot ...
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fridge warm and freezer cold

My fridge is warm and my freezer is really cold and freezing things a lot. The things in the fridge are soft or bad. Why will this be happening?
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Improving Heat dissipation in freezer

I have a small apartment and a large freezer; I'm concerned about heat build up in and around the freezer. I have a similar problem with an old PC tower, to which my solution was to create and ...
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Spacing of underground pipes with differing freezing points

I need to run a variety of electrical and plumbing from my house several hundred feet to the site of my future pool and pool shed. Included in this is geothermal piping, connecting my house geothermal ...
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Assessing the cause of freezer coils icing up

We have a 6 year old Frigidaire upright freezer (around 17 cu ft). It suddenly stopped cooling, even though the compressor was running, and it was producing puddles of water on the floor. I thought ...
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Condensing furnace in garage or attic safe for winter?

Is it ok to have high efficiency condensing furnace in the garage or attic of a house in an area that experiences below-freezing temperatures? I've heard that having a furnace in a spot without "...
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Split System Air Con icing up at night only..?

My Mitsubishi Split System works great all summer but now I find that it heats wonderfully all day but then ices up outside during the night when the temp falls below 0. At -2 it stops altogether and ...
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Reason to run a fridge compressor fan other than when compressor running

In regard to a small sailing yacht galley fridge, would there be any reason/benefit/need to run the compressor radiator fan any time outside of that which the compressor is running itself ? Ie just ...
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Pex Pipe Freezing & Tankless Hot Water Heater Too

I have Pex pipes. My issue is freezing pipes and tankless hot water heater on the north side of my house (built in 2009) where my master bath is (the tankless is on the outside of the house on that ...
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Is it necessary to protect a (half full) propane tank from freezing temperatures?

The title line says it all. I know um.. empirically that it's ok, but I'd like to hear a confirmation of safety and/or a more extensive empirical experiment. The tank in question is a BBQ tank ...
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carrier infinity 96 furnace extended exterior exhaust concerns

Due to severe wind and drifting snow that has blocked my furnace exhaust pipe I have extended the exterior intake and exhaust pipes approximately 8 ft up. The exhaust right angles out below my eaves ...
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Frozen bathtub pipes

We had six inches of snow over the weekend and it was zero degrees this morning. Last night I realized that although I had been running water in the kitchen, the washer and the bathroom sink, the ...
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How do I shut off the water spigot to the outside?

We recently bought a home built in 1970. The previous owner only used the home in the summer and drained the water every time he closed it down for the season. There is an outside water spigot and I ...
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Whirpool ice maker overflow

The icemaker in my whirlpool Wsf26c2exf01 is overflowing. The water reaches the icemaker fine but it spills into the ice bucket and leaks out of the unit. The only way to stop it is turning off the ...
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Preventing freezing pipes in well head

I've bought one of those heat wrap things to try to keep the pipes in the well head from freezing. The previous tenant of the house we bought said that it had happened in the past. Currently there'...
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Installing water pipe to outbuilding - how to handle insulation/cold so it won't burst/will be usable in winter?

I'm in southeast England, so in winter temperatures can drop below zero C. I want to run a permanently installed water pipe to a shed workshop (10 m from house). I can always install an electric water ...
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What is the “application tape” mentioned in the EasyHeat installation instructions?

The instructions that came with my "EasyHeat" water pipe freeze tape say to install it with "application tape" or good quality electrical tape. I have electrical tape, so plan to use that, but have ...
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Exterior faucet - freeze hazard?

The following image shows an exterior faucet that currently does not have an accessible shutoff. This home is in the southeast region of Michigan, so the faucet is exposed to freezing temperatures. ...
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Fridge water dispenser line keeps freezing and not dispense water unless I dump the ice bucket

I have a Whirlpool side-by-side which has the ice bucket on the freezer door, right above the ice and water dispenser. Until recently, there was a person in my house who used a lot of ice, and the ...
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Frost build up in freezer

I received a Kenmore upright freezer from a family member. As far as I know, it was working fine for several years. That family member moved and no longer has the space for it, so now we have it! It ...
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Liquid in Clothes Washing Machine for balance?

When my washer was brand new (not connected to any hoses), I noticed a liquid sloshing sound whenever I moved it around. The washer has been disconnected for about 2 years now and the liquid sloshing ...
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Why did my refrigerator fail and then work properly again?

I have a frost free fridge-freezer which failed three weeks ago, the fridge would not get down below 12C, although the freezer seemed to get down to -20C or so. The compressor pot would get pretty hot ...
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Can my pex line freeze if I use 90 degree elbow connectors?

I'm installing a sillcock outside my house and I'm trying to create a drainable line so it won't freeze in the winter. Here's the setup from the outside in: This entire run is located through a ...
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LCD TV blinks when freezer blinks

My LCD TV, which I use as computer monitor, is connected to the same electric socket as the freezer (I do not have other sockets nearby). Whenever the freezer engine starts working, the TV blinks. ...
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What product will insulate an exterior PVC pipe coming out of the ground with a faucet on it?

We want to insulate from freezing an exterior 24" tall PVC pipe coming out of the ground that has a faucet on it ~ a heated product is not plausible in our situation. Are there other products that ...
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Should I caulk around this drain pipe?

I've got an interesting drain layout in the kitchen. Our water supply lines to the sink come up straight through the floor as is typical around here. However, the drain does not. It drops down and ...
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What is this metal part around the fan's motor in my freezer and how to prevent it from rusting?

A few months ago, while cleaning, I took the plastic cover off the back (of the inside) of my freezer (covers the fan and the cooler) and things looked fine: I didn't put the cover back on and later ...
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How to run water through winter with bedrock?

Ultimately, we want to have year-round water in a building roughly 300 feet (90m) from our well/house. Where we live the average winter temperature is ~14 farenheit (-10 celsius), and bottoms out ...
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How do I tell if a pipe running through a cinder block wall is leaking?

I ran a cpvc pipe through a cinder block exterior wall to put a spigot in. I don't really have access to the inside of that painted cinder block wall where the pipe enters the cinder block. It just ...
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Cold water frozen, hot drips but does not improve

Very cold weather and a mobile home; last week both shower supply lines froze, then thawed a few days later. Since that time we've run a light drip (cold water only, unfortunately) and every few hours ...
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How do we thaw pipes that froze after our boiler stopped working?

Our boiler stopped working. We got it working again and now have hot water but no heat in two zones. Temperatures have been -25°F with the windchill and the plumber thinks frozen pipes. How do we ...
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Could a frozen dishwasher line have ruined something?

I had a frozen pipe under my kitchen sink and was able to get the hot water moving with a hair dryer but the dishwasher also has a frozen pipe. I was able to warm that up and get that going, but when ...
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Cold Water Line frozen, should I leave cold water faucet open?

It has been really cold in DC lately. My thermostat is broken, so it goes to 77 degrees no matter what I set it to. I tried to get it fixed, but it ended up being a waste of $50 because they just ...
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I think I have a section of frozen PEX inside an exterior wall. What should I do?

The sink in our main floor bathroom, which has an exterior facing wall, seems to have a frozen hot water pipe. The cold water flows freely and toilet is fine, but hot water seems to be frozen, which I ...
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Why does my shower keep alternating between freezing and boiling by itself?

A little while ago our totally fine bath/shower tap unit broke in our bath. Our landlord's plumber installed a new one and since then we've had big problems. Steps to reproduce: We get in the shower, ...
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How can I prevent my condensation tubing from freezing outside?

I apologize if I missed the answer for this. My plastic condensation drain tube froze outside and the water in my condesation pump could not drain correctly. I hardly touched the tube and it snapped ...
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How can I isolate an indoor water pipe to prevent freezing?

In my basement I have a 1/2" copper water pipe that goes to an outdoor faucet for a garden hose/sprinkler. This line has its own shutoff, so during the winter it is turned off and emptied. The ...
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How do I determine if a pipe is frozen?

I have a shower which has no hot or cold water this cold (2F outside) morning. I can get to some of the piping directly behind it, inside an attic. There is at least 8-10 inches of insulation ...
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Cold water pipe frozen, hot water fine

Our cold water in the kitchen isn't working, the hot water is fine. It is a single faucet, so when I turn it to cold water, nothing comes out. I turned the heat up in the house, and have opened the ...
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My dishwasher water line is frozen. Can I manually put in hot water in the dishwasher to run it?

My dishwasher freezes up during these bitter cold (-25 degree nights, -5 degree highs in the day) spells. I have a heater in the empty space beside it where a cupboard goes but there is none. But ...
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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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How to prevent an exterior automatic watering system from freezing

I'm looking for solutions on preventing automatic watering systems for horses from freezing. The faucet is 150-200 feet away from where I'm building my horse's pasture. I live in New Jersey so I'm ...
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In-fridge icemaker makes hollow ice cubes. How to fix?

My freezer's icemaker is producting ice cubes that are pretty much hollow, with a thin 'shell' of ice in the shape of the mold. Instead of solid blocks, the ice is so thin they break up into tons of ...