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Pressure tank location

We are purchasing a home with a shared well with the neighbor. The pressure tank is in the house we are purchasing. We are destroying the house therefore the tank will need to be relocated outside. ...
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Samsung Fridge displaying wrong temperature

I have a Samsung RL42HGSW, which I had replaced a faulty thermistor 8 months ago. It worked fine until these days, until another problem appeared: it displays the wrong temperature in the LED panel, ...
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How can I prevent pool pipes from freezing in cold weather?

I have an in ground pool and we are supposed to reach temps in the single digits. Do I need to do anything to protect my equipment when I have the aqua link system with freeze protect mode? Will it ...
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My copper water lines burst, was that actually a good thing for the steel pipes around them?

I have an external water heater in a contained closet with two copper pipes, 1", running up from under the house to the fittings, through the water heater, then back down again. Coming back home ...
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Do I need to winterize black polyethylene sprinkler pipe?

A gentleman at the sprinkler supply store told me black polyethylene sprinkler pipe doesn't need to be protected from freezing; that it can handle the expansion. I'm looking for a second opinion on ...
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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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How to prevent fridge freezer drain from freezing over?

I have a Samsung fridge freezer, with fridge on the top. The drain pipe in the fridge that lets the condensation out freezes near the bottom (near the freezer part) and blocks after just 2 days since ...
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What are the possible ways to prevent heating pipes in an entryway from freezing?

I live in Maine, and it can get cold in the winter. My house has baseboard hot water heating and three heating zones (basement, first floor, and second floor). We have a mudroom/entry room that I ...
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In a house with baseboard heat, how can I tell where areas I need to heat in the winter to prevent pipe freeze?

All, I recently purchased a property in the mountains as a vacation home. It is two stories plus a basement. It has no central air, and just electric baseboard heat. It is at a rather high elevation ...
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Outdoor burst pipe best practice for the winter

We had an outdoor tap (faucet) fitted in the summer last year here in Edinburgh UK. The temperature here often dips to just below freezing over the winter. Outside, at least. The plumber suggested we ...
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How to properly insulate PVC water pipes outside?

I live in Houston, and I'm trying to re-insulate my external pipes, which are a mix of PVC pipes and fittings and brass valves. Most of my fellow Houstonians use foam polyethylene insulation and duct ...
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Pipes on Exterior Wall

I recently had frozen pipes in my basement. I took some drywall down to identify the location of the frozen pipes and to apply heat to thaw it. It appears the frozen section is somewhere about halfway ...
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How does one know if running water is enough to avoid frozen pipes?

Recent freezes in southern states (Texas) have caused pipes to burst, as the pipes are not insulated for freezing weather. I believe that running the water can prevent the pipe from freezing. Is it ...
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Should I drain all the pipes before a freeze?

I live in Austin and we are going to have some pretty cold weather in the near future. I recently bought a house that I'm not living and since the electricity is out (and cannot be turned on until an ...
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Can my municipal water line siphon from my house water lines?

Our local water tower is empty during this winter storm. I heard my water heater "running" even though there were no faucets on in the house - I immediately thought I had a burst pipe. ...
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Will draining a water heater damage it?

Will shutting down my main water line inlet and draining my lines in preparation for a freeze damage my gas water heaters?
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How can I save my gunite pool that is in danger of cracking with freeze guard disabled by power outage?

We're in Texas and have 5 degree temps this week with rolling blackouts. Our swimming pool is full year round to keep it from being burped out of the ground. We have a freeze guard installed but with ...
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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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Extreme cold: Pipes seem ok, except hot water for bathtub which only trickles, despite being closest to water heater. Can it be frozen? Burst?

Situation as described in the question. We have a peer & beam foundation. I already went under the house to check for a possible leak. The bathtub pipes are impossible to get close to, but from ...
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Cold Air Between Joist and Foundation

The other day, my washing machine produced an error code indicating it was not receiving water. I checked the water supply to the washer, and the hot water line was working but not the cold. It has ...
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Sump discharge freezing

I was awoken early this morning by my sump water level alarm going off. After some investigation, I believe that my sump discharge has frozen due to recent low temperatures. I've verified that the ...
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Can I put road salt into toilet/sink trap to prevent it from freezing?

I have been advised, that I can put salt into a trap to prevent the water from freezing in building I do not use much during tough part of the winter. I know I need to remove all water from pipes ...
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Wiring a reliable temperature switched outlet

I have an electrical wiring question. Background: I'm building my house by contracting out the daunting parts. Through a lack of good communication with the plumber, my plumber ran most of my PEX ...
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Bosch fridge/freezer (B22CS / Linea 300 series) began chiming and temperature flashing on the freezer side

My Bosch fridge/freezer began ringing at a rapid pace randomly. There's a display in the front, which shows a temperature to the left (freezer) and the right (fridge) directly above the built-in water ...
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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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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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Why would turning off a fridge/freezer for 24 hours then turning it back on make it work again?

A family member's fridge freezer is now working well after being turned off for about 24 hours and then back on. Before, it was not cooling items, reading around 20 degrees Celsius. Now, after being ...
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Water coming into post hole for deck

I am just starting to build a deck. I dug the holes for my posts. I live in Michigan, frost line is 42". I dug down to 48" with the intent of putting a 6" pole barn biscuit to use as ...
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Frigidaire freezer making intermittent grinding noise

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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How to stop Central Air unit from freezing over inside and outside

Today I noticed the AC wasn't working. I checked the unit outside and saw the line freezing. I checked inside and it's frozen as well. I turned the AC off and fan on. The ice is melting now. I ...
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Do I need to do anything to protect my pool during a rare freeze?

I have an small inground pool in the backyard. I live in central Florida, so it doesn't get too cold around here very often. However, tonight there is supposed to be a hard freeze (24°F for 4-7 hours) ...
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What is the minimum temperature for house heating system to keep pipes from freezing

Roughly what is the minimum temperature to set a house heating thermostat controller to in order to keep pipes from freezing? Assume no other considerations, e.g. assume no one is living inside.
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Frost Free Silcock - At Grade - Problem in Winter?

I'm installing a frost free silcock which will be pretty much at grade (I might even have to dig a little under it for the hose attachment!). I pretty much expect this to be covered in snow all winter,...
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Can I extend sump pump outlet with elbow outside the house?

My house has a sump pump that rarely turns on (maybe once a year). The sketch below shows the current outlet setup (blue line). The outlet at the house is only about 8" above grade. In winter, when ...
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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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I12 eccotemp tankless water heater

I am getting ready to install an Eco temp i12 tankless water heater. From what I have heard there is a possibility of cold air backdrafting through the direct vent and into the water heater, thus ...
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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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How does low freon cause the compressor suction line to freeze up

There are many questions about air conditioner issues with the most common being that it isn't cooling properly. Among the typical answers are low Freon and the standard diagnosis for low Freon is ...
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Shower head on exterior wall - Insulation R-30 Rock Wool

We are currently building our home in the Utah area that is within 30 min of Salt Lake City. Our homebuilder recently decided to place the shower head in our shower facing the door - needless to say ...
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Freezer is cold but not freezing at all

After throwing a thermometer in my freezer, it is around 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Things that have been in there and frozen are staying frozen, but anything new that needs to freeze is not. For ...
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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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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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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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Freezer sides are hot all the time

I have an upright freezer (Maytag) that's 2 years old. It used to work very quetly and with cool exterior for the past 2 years but in the last ~5 weeks, the sides / top are hot all the time (105 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Is it safe to use heat tape on a drain line (p-trap)?

Background/Problem: The p-trap for a drainage line (PVC) from one of my showers happens to be outside the house in an area that isn't protected from the cold/wind (yeah, I know) so when it freezes ...
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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 ...