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Tiles on underfloor heating

I am newbie here but been reading a lot of your comments through this website and thought to finally ask my question. I am looking for the right type of tile to go on top of my underfloor heat pump ...
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Should I add air ducts when finishing my basement or rely on space heaters?

I am going have a finished basement of 1000 sq/ft which includes a theater room of 12X16. Currently I am in process of planning in stalling duct work to my basement. I am thinking of not putting duct ...
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Is there a way to relieve the pressure on a model 30 expansion tank without draining the system?

I want to change my Xtrol model 30 expansion tank on my boiler. It is not waterlogged but 15 years old and I'm getting ready to sell the house. Plus the pressure has been going a little higher than ...
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Can I have independent heating zones with a standard boiler?

We have a new standard gas boiler in our home along with two thermostats, one for the basement and one for the rest of the house (living room, bedrooms, etc). The problem we're having is that the ...
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Thermostat for heating and cooling

I have oil fired baseboard heating and a separate AC system. Currently I have two older thermostats installed. I'd like to replace with a single unit, however I can't locate any thermostat that ...
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Lennox gas forced air furnace intermittently fails to light burners yet continues to run blowing cold air

Lennox ML196UH070XP25B-05 about 8 years old with an intermittent ignition problem. Furnace will start and run properly 98% of the time. Unfortunately every once in a while (2 known times in 3 months) ...
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What could be damaging my furnace control board and/or what can I do to protect it?

I had an issue with a damaged control board a few months ago, replacing it worked, details here: Is it the control board or is it the induction fan? A similar issue has now came up. It's hit or miss ...
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Does open stairs between basement and main living cost extra electricity bill?

Does with No door or open stairs between basement and main living lead extra electricity bill, specially in winter, even though entire basement is finished and well insulated ? We want to have open ...
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issue with closed loop hot water heating

So I have an 1880s Victorian in Boston that is proving to be quite the adventure. I'm new to this, so hopefully I am using the right words. I have a four zone hot water heating system with radiators ...
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How do i reduce and split hvac duct from 8" round into two rooms

Hi i have small minisplit with 350 cf/m i attached a plenum with 8 inch ridgit round duct attached to it now i need to run it into a bulkhead where one register goes into a small room aprox 12x12 ...
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Why does the GFCI protecting my in-floor heat trip when the bath fan is switched off?

The in-floor thermostat (Laticrete, model TH115-AF-GA) with built in GFIC trips sporadically after I turn off the bathroom fan. The floor heat is on a separate 15 amp circuit. The lights and fan are ...
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How To Run Thermostat Cable Without Going Crazy?

I've read a hundred questions on this, and most of the answers come down to solutions I've tried that don't work, hiring an electrician, or doing some very messy work. I'm hoping there's some way to ...
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Should I get a condensing boiler or atmospheric boiler for cast iron radiator system

I am looking to replace the boiler as part of a basement reno. The house was built in 1903 and has cast iron hot water radiators but we've done a fair amount of work to it, added insulation and have ...
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Heating a large main room in Central Ontario with 46' of fixed and operating windows

We are doing a summer cottage into year round home reno. We will be heating with propane powered forced air furnace. We want to keep the floor to ceiling view. The heating ducts will be in front of ...
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Can I span a gap between pipes with heat tape?

I have hot and cold lines running parallel to each other. Can I start heat tape on one line and then "jump" 4 inches to the other line to finish the installation in order to use the entire ...
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Is there any considerable advantage to a forced air-to-air heat exchanger over just cleverly positioned positive pressure forced air intake?

This is from a typical North Western European housing perspective where most (older) buildings will not have forced air/AC/heat pumps etc. for various reasons, and most houses are only heated using ...
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HVAC furnance runs for awhile, stops for 2 minutes, then starts back up and continues to heat until set point reached

I have a Carrier 58GS150 system. At night it is set to 69. In the morning it is set to 72. Recently, I replaced the air filter. The system starts up fine in the morning and tries to reach 72. ...
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Are freezers afected by subfreezing temperatures, (weather)

A side-by-side refrigerator-freezer that was in a garage during the recent cold spell in Texas acted odd, the freezer became warm and everything melted. The refrigerator side did not show any ...
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I live with my family but I dnt like hot weather, is it ok to seal a vent?

I live with my family but I do not like hot weather. Thus is it ok to seal the vent in the below part?
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No water flow through zone of water boiler, all other zones working. How to get water flowing?

tl;dr - How can I get water flowing through one of my zones of a baseboard boiler heat system? I have baseboard boiler heat with 10 zones (5 per boiler). One of the zones (unfortunately, it's our ...
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Can I hook up a smart thermostat to a “high efficiency gas forced air heater”? Are there any caveats?

I got some help from folks here identifying this as a gas unit heater. I'm wondering if it's safe to replace the thermostat with a smart thermostat, and if there are any caveats, E.G. minimum on and ...
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Does my boiler try to heat water in my tank if it's already hot?

I've got a combi boiler which heats the hot water tank using the indirect method. I use Hive to control it. I'm trying to work out: if the hot water is set to on for an hour, will the boiler ...
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Can I get away with 12" round supply and return for 2 ton?

replacing two package AC heat pumps that are 20+ years old, going to convert it to a split system with an air handler inside an insulated closet style box on the outside of the house. Ducts are in ...
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Why does my furnace need power resets all the time?

I just installed a smart LUX thermostat and I know it's right but even with my old thermostat it was doing the same thing. My temp will be set at 70 yet its 62 in my house. I have to go to the ...
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Taco zone controller - blinking yellow light?

I have a Taco ZVC406 zone controller. This is the type which takes signals from multiple thermostats and uses relays to switch on the heating loop pump. I am using a Honeywell CT87K thermostat on one ...
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Is there some official or standard specification for an EK20 fitting?

I'm researching parts for a heating manifold and am confused about what size or type of fitting is correct. More specifically, what the standard size of the fitting actually is. The manifold is a ...
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Can I use dedicated pool heat pump for heating water in the house?

I'm going to buy a small heat pump dedicated to pools (around 3.5 kW total output). The pump would not be used for 6-7 months a year (autumn/winter); can I plug it into an existing water heating ...
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High pitched whine from either the furnace blower fan or motor

There is a loud whine or scraping sound especially when the 11 year old Furnace Blower Motor/fan starts up. With power off, when I turn the blower motor fan blades by hand they make a scraping high ...
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Installing a high efficiency “combi” boiler in an old house

We want to replace the boiler in our basement and have been given conflicting advice about what to get. We have an old house, built 1903, and have hot water radiators. We have already done extensive ...
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What is the effect on baseboard heating capacity of running the return pipe within the enclosure?

Baseboard radiators can be installed with the return pipe running within the baseboard enclosure itself. While this is a configuration explicitly supported by manufacturers I can't find any hard data ...
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Why I am having eye irritation problem with oil radiator in my home (in India/Asia) when I never had such problem in Europe

I used to live in Europe, and I loved electronic oil radiators as well as central heating. This year, I decided to buy an electronic oil radiator for my home in Delhi, India. But whenever I use it, my ...
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Why is thermostat calling for cool when set to heat

I have a White Rodgers 1F97-1277 thermostat. I set it to call for emergency (propane) heat on my York heat pump. Display shows 'Heat - Stage 1'. When I look at the furnace, no heat and no flame. The ...
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Intermittent pilot light furnace giving up before igniting pilot light (Lennox G20 WhisperHeat)

Background: I have a Lennox G20 WhisperHeat furnace (on natural gas) with an intermittent pilot light. The unit is around 25 years old, and has functioned flawlessly until recently. The problem: ...
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My dryer on my laundry center stopped working

Can i run my laundry center on 120v for the washer portion only and disconnect the dryer completely? I only have 1 240v outlet and a 120v outlet with a 20 amp breaker. I called a repair shop and they ...
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Is there a reason I shouldn't use an oil radiator to heat a 1400 sq ft (130 sq m) space? (Why do commercial buildings use electric air heaters?)

I moved into a studio apartment in a commercial building turned residential. It has this kind of heater— —which I believe is an electric air heater. It's loud as hell. Everything I'm reading says oil-...
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Would down-stuffed curtains stop heat loss through windows?

My home has some very big 6 ft by 8 ft windows likely a big source of heat loss and is contributing to high heat bills. It would be too expensive to replace them with modern vinyl windows and the ...
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Extra powerful boiler short-cycling and overfilling

I have a gas powered steam radiator heating system with 8 radiators in the entire house. I replaced my old heating boiler with Crown Bsi138enpzzpsu 138K BTU which is way too powerful for my house. My ...
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Heating not turning on

I live in a warm place, so I never use the heating. It is only a few weeks in the year that it gets cold enough for me to turn the heating, so this is the first time I tried to turn on the heating. ...
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Problem controlling propane free-standing stove with a millivolt thermostat

Heat only millivolt non-programmable thermostat stops turning propane stove on after 20 years. Stove turns on/off just fine using manual switch in back of stove. So I assume thermostat bad and replace ...
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LP fireplace: My pilot and burner both shut down

My Pleasant Hearth liquid propane fireplace (it's either 20k or 30k BTUs) is only a year old. I am using a 100 lb tank attached to a copper line (with a regulator, of course). I live in Maine, so the ...
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How do I move a hot-water convector?

I have a "breakfast nook" section of my kitchen with a large hot water convector installed along the baseboards of two walls. Because of other elements in the heating system located close ...
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Why doesn't my solar water heater provide enough hot water for a few showers?

I bought a Helioakmi compact 200 solar heater. It’s properly installed but even with the electric element on it’s still not heating enough water for a few showers. In the evening the water is cold. I ...
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RV heating and cooling using multiple sources of fuel

I'm trying to design an all terrain/all weather RV for some extreme camping and I'm wondering if it's possible to have a multiple fuel source heating/cooling/refrigeration system. I want to be able ...
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Cracked Heat Exchanger Carbon Monoxide

If there was a crack in a heat exchanger in a natural gas forced hot air furnace, would it trigger a Carbon Monoxide detector to go off? This is NOT happening in my house. The reason why I am asking ...
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How to find source of leak in heating pipes under concrete / glued floors?

Update 2021.01.11 In case this helps anyone - I was able to trace the leak and make the repair in the end. Steps were this: Locate leak as closely as possible by isolating areas of the heating system ...
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Do I have a bad heating element in my electric boiler?

I have a Dettson Hydra20. Two days ago we woke up to 17C inside the house instead of the 21C set on the thermostat. The water temp on the boiler was at 40C and not moving. I also have a gas fired ...
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Can a dryer heat coil be used after it gets bent out of shape?

I was taking apart my dryer, and in getting the drum out, I bent some of the coils in the heating element. I don't see anything broken, it's just not as spaced evenly in a couple of places. I'm going ...
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Air intake for a condo apartment

I am renovating a top-floor apartment (gutted it entirely & rebuilding everything). With new windows and doors, spray foam insulation etc, the space is becoming quite air-tight. I will be putting ...
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Is this open supply duct in my vented crawl space necessary?

New (first-time) home owner here (4 months in). I recently discovered what at first seemed like an un/disconnected supply-side duct in our vented (open) crawl space. Photo attached. After several ...
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Cleaning electric heaters

I own a home heated with the wall mounted wall heaters that need to be cleaned every year. The way it's recommended to clean them is just simply remove the cover and vacuum out to the insides, if not ...

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