Questions tagged [heating]

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Options for adding a timer on heated towel rail socket in UK toilet

I live in the UK - my downstairs toilet consists of just a small sink and a toilet. Next to the sink is a heated towel rail which is wired straight into the socket, and is controlled by a switch. I ...
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Furnace blower sometimes won't come on

I have a gas-powered forced air furnace. The last time I had a repair man look at it, he said it's 30 years old, so it's getting harder to find replacement parts. It recently developed an intermittent ...
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My central heating comes on when it feels like it

I have checked the wireless thermostat is sending a demand signal to the receiver but boiler isn't firing up (BTW my hot water on demand is working fine). Later on the heating comes on until I turn it ...
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How do I convert an old Satchwell/Sunvic TLX2203 thermostat wiring to line voltage wiring?

I have an old Satchwell/Sunvic TLX2203 thermostat. It has 3 wires connected to it which look to be: switched live (green) live (red) neutral (black) (at least I think that's the case) I would like ...
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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

I'm curious how well the window shrink wrap really works. I moved into an older house (1927) in Lincoln, Nebraska, this summer. It's all single pane windows with a window screen and a storm window, as ...
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How to identify Direct Return vs Reverse Return Pipe

Is there an easy way to tell if a hydronic heating system has direct return pipe or reverse return pipe?
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Water heater not producing hot water but everything seems to be working?

We just bought a house and the previous owner had a brand new water heater installed. The first day we took a shower it was not very warm and the next day there was no hot water at all. I checked the ...
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Is it the control board or is it the induction fan?

I've got an older Goodman (GME80905CXAB) that doesn't seem to heat. Blower motor turns on just fine for cool but not at all when there's a call for heat. I can confirm ~120 volts are going into the ...
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How to verify that resistive load thermostat is dead

I have an electric heater, connected to a resistive load thermostat (240V). Yesterday we found the thermostat apparently totally dead (display off, etc). I've checked the breaker, of course. (There is ...
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Safe wrapping for fiberglass around pipes?

If I wrap pipes with fiberglass for insulation but I'm worried about the health risks of exposed fiberglass, is there something that I could wrap around the fiberglass? If so, what and why?
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Is there any benefit to using outdoor faucet covers if the water to them is shut off?

If I shut off the water supply to an outdoor faucet during cold weather, is there much benefit to also covering the faucet using a styrofoam faucet cover or similar? My guess would be no, but maybe ...
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Is it safe to install the outdoor unit of an inverter AC indoors?

We are planning to buy an AC unit based on inverter technology for heating our living room. I am not an expert as far as HVAC or heating technologies are concerned, however based on my understanding ...
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Why isn't my window film insulation kit causing water damage?

My understanding is that insulating inside of a window can lead to condensation problems on the outside (see answer to this question). I have been using insulating window film kits for a few years and ...
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Horstmann C27 to Nest

I'm in progress of changing Horstmann C27 with Nest Learning Thermostat Gen3. I'll share the images below, I'm looking for a way of mapping the cables to the Nest. C27 supports both Hot Water and ...
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To maximize heat in winter, should I remove my window quilt during the day?

Let's say it's -5 deg C outside and I'm inside a building with a moderately efficient window and a window quilt. Will I stay warmer if I take the window quilt down during the day and put it back up at ...
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Heating above ground pool by re-circuplating pool water through tankless, on-demand water heater

Due to covid-19 all indoor pools in my area are closed for the foreseeable future. Kids being swimmers, I purchased an Intex 15' round above ground pool and installed in it in the garage. It worked ...
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Greenhouse Water Tanks — Deicing?

I'm putting together a greenhouse that will have 2 X 1000L water tanks (IBC tanks). I've painted them black to absorb heat from the sun during the day. The goal is a 4-season greenhouse that won't ...
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Why can't a swamp cooler and a furnace be active at the same time?

New to living with a swamp cooler. I've been told by several sources (people and internet) that the swamp cooler and the furnace can't be on/active at the same time, and indeed my landlord switches ...
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Where Can I connect my C-wire on A Hot Water (Hydronic) Heating System?

I have a hydronic heating system (Lochnivar)that came controlled with an older (dumb) thermostat. I have 5 wires behind the wall and 5 wire in the wire packet going into heating system however only ...
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Insulate my window with water heater blankets?

I have some windows that I want to insulate at night during the winter. Would it make sense to use water heater blankets, doing something or other to secure the edges? I'm wondering whether you think ...
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Does my furnace suck air from outside?

I've tried Googling this but the stakes are quite high and I don't want to be wrong, so I'm asking here. Wildfires are raging in California where we live, and the Air Quality is nearing the 'hazardous'...
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What is the difference between heat lamps and infrared space heaters?

Maybe these are pretty much the same thing. I'm interested in the difference between heat lamps and infrared space heaters, especially as regards How they are normally used How they should be used ...
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Compatibility of heat lamps and bulbs

I am wondering which heat lamps work with what bulbs. In particular If I have a heat lamp with a rated wattage of x, can I use it with a heat lamp bulb with a rated wattage significantly less than x (...
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What is the advantage of a using a “Zone Controller”?

Looking at most pre-fab hydronic panels, the provide a Zone Controller. Initially I though they were used to stage the activation of the pump until after the valve was able to open but, looking at ...
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How to keep my tankless water heater safe in a cold room?

I have a room in my apartment that can sometimes get around 40°F (4°C), and that's where my new tankless water heater is installed. Should I take any special precautions to keep my pipes from freezing ...
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Insulate my windows from the outside?

I have some windows that I want to insulate at night during the winter. I have energy star windows, thermal drapes, and cellular blinds and those plastic window film kit things, but I want to reduce ...
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Insulate my windows with fiberglass?

I have some windows that I want to insulate at night during the winter. I have energy star windows, thermal drapes, and cellular blinds and those plastic window film kit things, but I want to reduce ...
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What vent type and configuration does my furnace use?

I am trying to replace my 33 year old furnace. The brand is Carrier and model is 395BAW048095. I couldn't figure out the correct vent type and configuration (down-flow, multi-position, up-flow). I ...
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Sizing HVAC: 3 vs 2.5 ton AC, 60k vs 40k BTU furnace for 1200sqft?

I'm adding a HVAC system to my single-storey SFH (1200sqft in climate zone 2, San Jose, CA) and the contractor picked out the following system: Furnace: 60k BTU @ 80% Efficiency AC: 3 Ton @ 14 SEER ...
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Does this seem like the right place to tap a C-Wire from my heater?

I need a C-wire for my thermostat but my heater only has R and W connectors (red circle). On the schematic on the heater, up top (red arrow), looks like: 5 is 24V Gnd (bit hard to read but i've ...
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Adjusting Blower Speed for Central AC

I am trying to lower the fan speed on blower fan. It is currently set to factory default setting. My AC is 3 ton unit. Model no is 4A7A3036H1000NA. The fan settings on IFC are like TAP 1, 2, 3.... and ...
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Bypassing a defective heating element in an oven toaster

So I have a typical oven toaster and based on my research, one of the heating element is defective (no continuity). My oven has 4 heating elements and only 1 is defective. 2 elements are in the ...
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The was automatically turned on and we can't turn the fan off

The indoor central gas heating system was automatically turned on even though we did not touch anything. The room temperature was not colder than other days. Then this is the worse thing, we can't ...
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AC not shutting of automatically

I recently had new HVAC installed. I am noticing it being little louder than what I had previously. The new system is American Standard 80% efficiency with ECM blower motor. My question is Can I ...
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Mounting a television on an older stone fireplace in a semi-remote cabin?

I have a stone fireplace in a cabin that I'd like to mount a television screen on. While I’d love to pay someone a reasonable fee to do so, the cabin is in a location where contractors are few and far ...
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Help adding relay for thermostats

My nest thermostats are missing a common wire which means they’re not getting enough power to work properly. I actually didn’t realize this until an electrician told me about it (it hadn’t become a ...
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Can I move heating vents below a window from the wall to the sill?

I'm thinking about repositioning the heating vent from the front wall of the windows sill to the top of the sill. Under the sill, I have hot water radiators to provide the heat. How will this affect ...
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How much energy/electricity does a Tankless OR tank-based water heater consume?

Incoming cold water temperature: 11 Celsius (constant for the example). Indoor temperature: 20 Celsius (constant for the example). Let us have two choices: Tank-based water heater solution: has to ...
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Installing a Honeywell HZ432 for four zone wireless heating

need help with wiring setup. Current setup Gas furnace (heating, no cooling): standard four zone gas furnace setup with hot water circulator 4 zones (3 wired, 1 wireless) Setup: Honeywell THM5320R (...
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A celling vent does not stay in place

I have a vent in the ceiling that no longer stays in place. I think it is drilled into dry wall but the drywall is too corroded to keep the vent in place. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Do I just ...
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Furnace Short Cycling - Carrier Code 33

We have a Carrier 58STA/STX Furnace that is only short cycling in Heat and not A/C. When it cuts off it is throwing Code 33 which is pointing to the following issues: Dirty Filter or Restricted Duct ...
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Will replacing windows significantly reduce solar heat gain in summer?

A friend of mine is remodeling his 1980s house and was asking advice about keeping it cooler in the summer. The house currently has the original double pane windows, many of which have "popped&...
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Heating home by blowing hot air in to desired areas

I am looking in to upgrading the heating system in my house, and I am surprised that I can hardly find any systems that heat up the house by blowing hot air in to the desired areas, as is standard for ...
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Replacing old 3-wire line voltage single-pole thermostat with a 2-wire one

I'm trying to replace an old Mears M21 SP thermostat controlling the baseboard heater with a new one (Honeywell RLV3120A to be specific). Problem is, the old thermostat has 3 wires (Black, Red, and ...
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Thermostat not getting power (Nest E74)

I replaced an old Honeywell thermostat about a month ago with a Nest thermostat. Friday Nest started displaying an E74 error. I have two furnaces and two outdoor units, one for upstairs and for ...
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Is it safe to use a polyurethane faux beam to hide an asbestos insulated (and wet-wrapped encapsulated) heating pipe?

I am planning on finishing my basement and there is an asbestos insulated and wet wrapped encapsulated steam heat pipe that runs the length of my basement. I found a 3 sided faux wood beam that would ...
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Mr. Cool 24k mini split. Electrical install

I'm getting ready to install a mr. Cool 24k mini split. The Electrical in the instructions is pretty vague. Just want to double-check that I'm correct on how I'm going to install it. Inside my main ...
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Move heat out of living room with fireplace

I have a sort of rectangular house with a 25 m2 living room at one corner, and the master bedroom at the opposite long corner of the house. All of the bedrooms are up another level from the living ...
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Can I have a shared exhaust flue for a high efficiency furnace and tankless water heater?

I recently purchased and am installing a 96% efficiency two-stage gas furnace. The old unit was an 80% efficiency unit using a 4" metal flue. This flue merges the exhaust of both the hot water heater ...
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What determines which heat energy meter is mine in a duplex?

I am specifically referring to meters for heat/AC energy. Our duplex has two meters, but when I went to submit our reading and create our account it said that the one with the lower reading was not ...

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