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Questions tagged [heating]

For general questions on heating in your home. Be sure to also include tags describing fuel source (electric-heat or gas), type of components, etc.

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How to get heating system working again?

We have an oil-fired boiler that does both the hot water and the forced hot water baseboard heating system. It was unusually cold and windy last night here in north-central Massachusetts. I turned ...
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What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable?

Had some roof work done last year after mother nature abused my house by way of an errant tree branch. I had always suspected my roof had poor ventilation, most notably when I wound up with a 200 lb ...
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Why does my pilot light keep going out?

My furnace pilot light keeps going out so I changed the thermocouple. Now the furnace will come on and heat up to the degree set on my thermostat, then the pilot light will go out and the furnace will ...
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Why does a single radiator need regular bleeding?

Almost all of the radiators (forced water) in my house heat up fine. However, a single radiator needs regular bleeding (~1/day) in order to heat. Note, this radiator is not at the highest point in the ...
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Replace two-wire thermostat

I'm replacing an old mercury thermostat with a digital one. The new unit has 7-8 connections (labeled w1,wh,r1,rh,y,c, etc.) and a bunch of instructions about how to connect similarly labeled ...
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Convert line voltage heating system to use low voltage thermostats

I currently have two line voltage ceiling radiant heating systems in my condo each with their own DPST thermostat. I'd like to use low voltage thermostats such as the nest. I found this transformer/...
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How can I measure the r-value of a wall?

What is a reproducible test to measure the r-value of an exterior wall? Or even a specific spot on a specific wall? It needn't produce an absolutely certain result, but a good estimate with known ...
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How can I efficiently heat a pool?

Continuously heating a pool can be expensive and the best ways to lower the cost are to have a cumbersome pool cover in addition to the equipment needed (solar or an AC-like heat pump). There must be ...
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Why does my furnace need frequent power resets?

I have a NOMA Programmable thermostat attached to my furnace. The set point is usually around 21 degrees, and the room temperature is reading around 17 degrees. The furnace is not coming on. However,...
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Why is my radiator not getting hot water or have air in it?

All except one radiator are working fine. The one that stays cold is in the room with the thermostat, so the system keeps running more than it should. I tried bleeding it and just water came out. I ...
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U.s. boiler / Burnham boiler alterations

i have a 203ncl-tei2 boiler installed in danvers Massachusetts. Regular elevation. This boiler also has a failed tejurland (universal control) powerventer motor on it that is only humming, not ...
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How can I stop Lego bricks from falling in to a register?

My kids like to play with Lego bricks on the floor, and sometimes a small piece will fall in to a heating register. Sometimes I can pull them out, but usually they fall too far, and there are sharp ...
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VT1001 talking thermostat has started saying “two sixty four”

I have a energy star rated VT1001 talking thermostat installed sometime in the early to mid 2000s. This morning it began to periodicall speak the words “two sixty four” (264). I cannot find anything ...
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Kitchen Installation new build: How long after heat goes on?

In Short Our kitchen suppliers have told us that the kitchen should only go in 6-8 weeks after the heat has been turned on in our new build. Their concern is how dry the house is, I assume the issue ...
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What's the best way to keep my garage from freezing?

I live in Colorado. My 1950s house has a one-car attached garage that was built in the 2000s. The walls that are not shared with the house are not insulated: the studs and sheathing are visible from ...
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Why would my Goodman gas furnace start but not stay on for more than 2-3 minutes?

I've got a problem with my 15 year old Goodman furnace. It starts w/o problem, inductor begins working, hot surface ignitor lights up and ignites the gas. Then the main blower starts working and the ...
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Even heating in home with partial basement

How can I evenly heat a house with a partial basement, as shown in the diagram below? The rooms over the slab are consistently several degrees cooler than the rooms over the basement, particularly ...
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Alternative to electric heaters in bedrooms?

I would like this system serviceable, cost effective & relatively maintenance free. I just don't know the best way to go about it. I am sick of using a oil filled heater over winter. My original ...
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Gas / baseboard heating should be on but it's not — how to investigate?

This is my first Winter in this house and I've just realized that I can't make the heat turn on. The home has natural gas heating and baseboard vents. There's no A/C or other units; just baseboard ...
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Is it an easy task to replace a wall thermostat?

As above, is it an easy DIY job to do this safely? In my research into the above it has become apparant that I should consider replacing the old thermostat with a programmable one for energy savings. ...
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How do I change the time on a Potterton EP 3000 clock?

I turned the power off and when I turned it back on again, the clock of my Potterton EP3000 was reset, and now the heating comes on at the wrong time. I dont have a manual for it, so I was wondering ...
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Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?

I recently discovered some heaters based on "bio fuel" (ethanol). Many products seem to be decorative and often present a modern design. Some ethanol burners can be used in empty fireplaces and can ...
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Combination boiler pressure zero after heating

I generally don't notice a performance problem with the boiler, but after I run the heat to the radiators and turn the boiler off, after cooling down the the pressure gauge shows zero. I can easily ...
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Is a space heater or my window heating unit more energy efficient?

My roommate and I have noticed that, since our apartment faces south and we live right by the Hudson, our apartment is starting to be quite chilly in the evenings, and oftentimes is cooler inside than ...
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Can an electric dryer be vented into a garage?

So, I have an unheated garage, but it is insulated. It maintains above freezing due to the contact with the house, but it still gets intolerably cold. I've considered routing my electric dryer out ...
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How can I get better HVAC airflow?

I recently purchased my house which was a new construction. Several of the vents are getting poor airflow but the installation company simply said it was normal but I suspect otherwise. I recently ...
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Potterton EP3000 -> Horstmann C27 boiler programmer wiring

I'm in the UK, using an ancient tempermental Potterton EP3000 boiler programmer, but I have a brand new Horstmann C27 which I'd like to replace it with. Apart from the mains supply, there are three ...
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Ecobee3 not turning on heat, but fan is on

I have an Ecobee3 that has been successfully working (both heat, fan, and AC) for the past 6 months. Recently I was trying to get my humidifier working so I was playing around with some wires, which ...
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Master Shower Won't Get Hot Unless Another Faucet is Turned On

We have a brand new gas & electric water heater. Purchased in 2013. For some reason, when we turn on the hot water in the master shower, it only gets lukewarm unless one of the sink faucets is ...
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Blower Fan Comes on and runs cold air and then shuts off before the gas and heat actually come on

I noticed on our Carrier furnace that the blower motor and fan come on when the heat is called for like a minute, then it shuts completely off before the gas and heat and blower motor take off to heat ...
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Why are my water/radiator pipes whistling when I shut down the heating system?

With winter coming up, I started to heat the house and for the first time the radiator pipes are starting to whistle when I heat and then shut down the system. I have a big house and I need to shut ...
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Why would a modern home have baseboard heating?

I am looking at homes for sale in New England and one house I saw had baseboard heating even though it was built in 2008 and is a luxury home (>$1M). I thought that it was standard to use forced hot ...
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How could I use 40lb Propane tanks in a residential hook up?

I have two 100 gallon tanks from suburban propane but end up using so little, that I am charged approx $5.30 per gallon. I am reasonably sure that I could use two 40lb tanks and do the legwork myself ...
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Repressurising Logic Combi 24 boiler

I bled a rad that was cold at the top, and not much water escaped. This fixed the rad, but the pressure in the boiler dropped to just below 0.3(It may have been low to begin with, since I hadn't ...
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Duct tape and painter's tape to cover baseboard heater

I am having an issue of beetles and centipedes entering my apartment from under my baseboard (length of room) radiator via cracks in the foundation. Landlord is not able to send anyone out for a few ...