Questions tagged [heating]

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Sizing Electric Baseboard Heat (Supplemental)

I have a 635 square foot finished basement insulated with closed-cell spray foam on the concrete. The climate here is zone 5A (Central NJ). I want to add supplemental heating via electric ...
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Where is my furnace air filter?

We moved in to a house a few months ago and for the life of me I cannot find the air filter for the furnace anywhere. The furnace is a Payne brand. It's kind of old. In our hallway ceiling, we have ...
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Half of furnace turned off?

I moved into this house about 10 years ago, I noticed on the furnace that one of the breakers for the electric coils is off with a note saying "Leave breaker off". After cleaning out the blower for ...
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HVAC York diamond 80 furnace A/C

So I have a York diamond 80 furnace and the motherboard burned out so Lowe’s came and replaced it. I’ve been using the heater because it’s winter right now but the other day I accidentally hit the ...
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Baseboard Heating Loop Determination

I recently bought a house with baseboard heating. This is my first house with such a heating system and I've gone about trying to see how it is laid out but it is challenging given I don't want to ...
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two separate systems controlled by one controller (wifi)

I have two separate systems with two separate thermostats, cooling on the second floor and heating on the first. Is there a way to have a "main" thermostat on the first floor and control the cooling ...
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Crack in wall over heating duct

thanks in advance for any advice. We bought our 100-year-old house last summer, so this is our first winter in it. The walls are not insulated, so we can tell where the heat ducts run not only because ...
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Running AC/Heater when washing a cleanable filter

I have a heat pump/AC system with a washable air filter. I was told to clean the filter out and run water through it once a month. He told me to let the filter dry for 3 hours before replacing it. I ...
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Should I use Fire Bricks in Wood Stove

I recently bought a new place with a wood stove which needs the Fire Bricks replaced. I have read they reduce heat generation in the room and might not be needed. (More efficient without but possibly ...
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Why doesn't one of my two baseboard heaters produce heat?

I have Federal Pacific baseboard heating in my bedroom. One will heat, the other one will not. The one that doesn’t heat has the control in it. What might be the problem? Also where is the ...
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Fixing propane heater pilot ignition; spark misfiring?

So... I've got a pretty old heater somewhat similar to the picture below. It wasn't coming on so I took it apart, cleaned it (it was full of soot, corrosion and clogged) qnd changed the gas regulator (...
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Alternatives to forced hot air unit heaters?

The current heat source in the house a Cadet in wall unit heater in each room. They are really noisy and often emit this "iron left in one place too long" odor from (I presume) scorching dust. I've ...
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hydronic heating register air locked

Can I change the air relief valve on one of my hydronic heating registers without draining the system,I have a water shutoff valve at the register and the system is cold.The boiler pressure shows 10 ...
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Why is my Heat Pump fan not turning in cold weather?

My heat comes on and you can hear the condenser unit come on as well. However the fan is not turning? The outside temp is 30 degrees? Is this normal? Can anyone share some wisdom on this? Thank ...
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Dual Thermostats: Which wire goes where?

I have two heating systems in my house, oil and wood. I’m currently swapping out old mercury thermostats with new ones. I’ve got the wood one replaced with a newer analog one which I think is okay, ...
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Heating Split level

I'm surprised that I can't find more useful information on this. I have a split level home. Main floor contains living dining and kitchen. 8 stairs up to top level with 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. ...
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Heating system zone is too hot

One of the 4th zones on my heating systems is getting too hot true the return line making the room very hot and enableling the thermostat to do the job.
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Connect 2 heating controllers to one boiler

I have 2 heating systems: Drayton Wiser with 2 zones (to use for radiators and hot water) Heatmiser UH8-RF (to use for 3 zoned underfloor heating) And I have one boiler for the whole house. I want ...
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Boiler vent and expansion tank leaks

I had my boiler inspected and cleaned recently and the tech found a few issues. He showed me how the valve on the expansion tank would leak when he would push it in, which means the tank needs to be ...
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Heated flooring under subfloor

I'm trying to make the best of a bad situation here. New (old) house + slow drain + airhead teenage daughter = flooded 2nd floor bathroom. It flooded so bad that the ceiling in my entryway ...
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connecting bulk propane to generator

I live in a rural area and have a ~125 gallon propane tank on a concrete slab that is serviced by a mobile propane delivery company. We use it for hot water, the gas range, and our forced air heating ...
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Can a pilot on a furnace be on but the thermocouple still be bad?

Heat just stopped working after working 3 days ago. All circuit breakers are looking good, gas is flowing, and furnace seems to be operating fine. Pilot is on and thermocouple is holding the flame, ...
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coleman/york furnace 7 red flashes

My furnace "fails to start" 3 times, then it flashes 7 beeps and quits trying. I can hear it start then the flame "just stops" 3x in a row. What gives?
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Moved into flat, cold water tank leaking, can it be removed?

Background I've moved into a flat recently and have been renovating. I'm doing all the work myself - have installed a new bathroom, new kitchen, new shower and cistern etc. and now I've realised the ...
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My 2.5 ton HVAC unit

We put in a new 2.5 ton Trane HVAC unit, and when it hits 90 outside, it won’t hold 74 degrees inside. (1400-1500 sq. Ft). Will it help to put in a 3 ton unit, or will it do more harm than good?
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What is causing intermittent furnace ignition failure? How to Diagnosis?

I have been researching how to diagnose this intermittent lighting issue with my furnace but the common issues do not seem to apply. Blower turns on Ignition coil turns cherry red Sound of gas blower ...
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Heat not kicking on

I live in an apartment with radiator baseboard heating and an old Honeywell round dial thermostat (no external switch). Heat has been working fine all winter. Weather has warmed up past few days- it'...
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What is the R-Value of plastic over a window?

So we're about to have a cold snap (20 degrees, cold for us here in Central Texas). I have old windows on the house in need of replacement, but for now, I did a hack for the next week/month: I placed ...
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Can I connect my two HVAC systems?

My house has two HVAC systems. One is in the attic and has supply and returns in the ceiling of the second floor. The other is in the basement with supply and returns at the floor of the first floor. ...
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Radiator turning off too soon

We have recently had new radiators fitted, but one of them appears to be turning off too soon on the TRV. Its a Myson TRV with numbers 1 - 4, as well as white and blue dots. We have the TRV set to ...
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Bubbles in water heater system

My heater stops pushing hot water through the heating loop. The symptoms can be addressed by bleeding the system which always produces a lot of air coming out. The heating works for about 24 hours ...
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How do I get my hot surface ignitor to ignite?

I have a Trane TUD080C936J0 gas furnace/ac. The furnace starts up via a hot surface ignitor. The ignitor that was in it went bad, and I bought a replacement. When I plugged it in, it worked fine - ...
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Why circulator on heatpump Armstrong S-25 BF Cast Iron In-Line Pump, 1/12 hp breaks every year?

I have a 4 zone water based heating system. One S-25 BF Cast Iron In-Line Pump, 1/12 hp heat pump for all 4 zones. The spring circulator breaks every year. It just broken again eventhough the assembly ...
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How is heat output controlled in closed-vent gas fireplace inserts?

Comparing Empire VFRL-18 and VFRL-18-10, the former is 26k BTU while the latter is 10k BTU. The look and price are identical. My question is, can I buy the 26k BTU unit to use in my living room, but ...
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Should I open the top or bottom of double hung windows?

I'm a new home owner and was wondering if there is a "right" way to use the double hung windows in the house. Should I open the top or bottom? Is there a seasonality to it? Does it even matter at ...
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Electrical pipe heated by heating pipe - against the code?

Please see the picture below. The three pipes in the front are electrical (conduit). The big black pipe in the back is the heating pipe. I guess something went wrong when building the building and ...
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HoneyWell baseboard thermostat

Hello everyone! Need some help here (trying to help a family member) They recently purchased a home that has a furnace and AC ( with central air) in each room there at these honeywell thermostats. ...
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Goodman gas furnace limit switch opening, blower only runs with a/c

I apologize in advance for some of my incorrect terminology. My father has a 2004 Goodman GMH80904BN gas furnace with a/c. The a/c has functioned properly all summer here in Ohio, we have recently had ...
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Is hydro air more efficient than gas/oil?

I have heard different things about hydro air systems. I am considering getting one because it is a 5000 SF house and a 1500+ SF addition is planned and I heard that it is easier to expand a hydro ...
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Lennox Furnace Troubleshoot Assist

I have a Lennox Elite G50UH-24A-070-15. It quit entirely and threw the error "Pressure Switch open or blocked" according to the diagnostics panel on the front. Recent renos so thought it was clogged/...
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Use CLR to clean stuck bleeder valve

I was bleeding the air out of hydronic heating zones and I notice some mineralization on bleed valve attached to my air scoop. I took the Schrader valve cap off and tapped the valve I noticed it was ...
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Furnace Blower fan doesn't start

I have a keeprite high efficiency furnace that Was a part of my new house. It's 2016. The Honeywell thermostat is set at 23 deg C. This is what happens when the temperature is below the cut-off I ...
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Where to connect my “c” wire on the boiler side. Weil mclain gas boiler

Im just curious if the “c” terminal on the plug in relay is where im suppose to connect my “c” wire on the boiler side. I have 18/5 wire ran already. Just need to find out where to terminate. To the ...
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Electrical box breakers

I have 10 amp breakers. When turning on several lights or running several things the breaker trips. Can I change them to 15amp? Is that higher or going wrong way? Read about wire sizes, how ...
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Baseboard heat - Installed and then drywall around

I'm in a 1980s house that has baseboard heat. The baseboards are pretty beat up so was going to use a product like neatheat or baseboarder to cover. When I started looking at the way that they were ...
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How does a temperature regulator with a single wire work?

In my office building we have a heating dial that has a single wire coming out of it. The wire is connected to some simple mechanical gadget that is in turn connected to the radiator. When the dial is ...
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I have California double sided wall furnace, only one side is producing heat. How would I go about trouble shooting It?

I've been using my furnace for 19 years without issue. Living room side cranks out the heat, dining room side has no flame of any kind. How would move forward to fix?
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why does my heat pump wiring diagram show 7 wires going to the thermostat but the thermostat only says it needs 5?

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for my heat pump. The thermostat that I am planning on buying has the following terminals C, G, Y, O/B, RC, R, Aux, E, and L. The instructions say to jump the RC ...
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underfloor heating and solid wood floor

Wet system underfloor heating suppliers seem to insist on tiled floors. I want to use solid timber planks, which have a thermal resistance that stops heat passing through easily. With good ...
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Converting Diverter-Tee System to Loop

I have an old house (~130 years) that has a hydronic baseboard system installed. The heating system is improperly plumbed: the 1st floor thermostat controls half the heating on the first floor and ...