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Questions tagged [heating]

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To reduce damp: heat or dehumidifier?

We have one room of a house which isn't much used, so we don't turn on the heating in it, or wouldn't except that it gets damp, so mold is a concern. For reducing damp, is it more efficient to turn ...
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Will increasing the temperature of my hot water cylinder's thermostat make my shower water supply last noticeably longer?

I have an unvented electric immersion heater cylinder which heats the hot water for my household. The capacity is 200L and the temperature is set to 55°C. The water heater is hard-wired to run ...
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Furnace Blower Motor Replacement

I have an old carrier Weathermaker DX 58DXA060-100GG, and the blower motor has no oilers. I assume it was a replacement for the original. My question is, because I woke up to it humming and then it ...
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Running two LP heaters

recently ripped out the old oil furnace that was proving to be more trouble than its worth to fix ; and went and got a 30K BTU heater, BUT its only warming up one side of the house, I plan on getting ...
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Heat an outdoor water tank to 10°C? (with an electric heater) [closed]

I have a stock tank full of water in a unheated greenhouse. The greenhouse is located east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the temperatures occasionally go down to -25degC in winter. I would ...
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Wood stove as auxiliary to heat pump

Existing appliances (https://i.stack.imgur.com/gvKvm.jpg) I bought a home this year and it was built in 1978. There was no disclosure statement for the house so I have no knowledge of its history or ...
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Electric baseboard heaters stuck on with digital thermostat

I have two electric baseboard heaters in my house that are both controlled by a single digital programmable thermostat (King ESP-230). I believe each heater is 1500w so 3000w total. Twice now in the ...
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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 ...
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Join multiple independent electrical heaters under one thermostat or one control hub

I live in an older house where each room has an electrical baseboard heater connected to its own thermostat. Is there hardware/software to control all them from one place? For example a hub with an ...
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How to wire a Taco zone valve controller with ecobee

I'm having an issue with wiring my Weil McLain gas boiler. It was wired up fine and working for a single zone. I added (2) 4 wire zone valves in. So I now have 2 zones, a Taco zone valve controller(...
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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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simple 12 volt heater

I have a small shed and a few extra solar panels (about 400 watts worth). It's a cold area and I'd like to just convert the electricity to heat. I thought maybe a dummy load would work. Basically I'm ...
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Wiring for ecobee3 lite

I recently purchased the ecobee3 lite and am now stuck trying to install them. I have 3 Honeywell thermostats I am looking to replace and my heating system is oil/hot water. My home was built in 1970 ...
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Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?

I have a single-story 1400 sq/ft house (4 bedroom). Here's a VERY rough sketch of the layout: The house has blown-in insulation on the exterior walls but no insulation on the interior walls. ...
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SheetRock touching the heating pipe

I have recently renovated the basement. I made a mistake of going with cheapest contractor who doesn't seem to care much about safety. I have old style radiator heater on 1st and 2nd floor and pipes ...
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Should a circulator pump be installed on the supply or return of a forced hot water heating system?

I currently have a forced hot water heating system with 3 zones, all of which have the circulator pump on the supply side of the line. I need to install a 4th zone and am being told that putting the ...
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How to determine whether my electric wall fan heater is 120 or 240 volts?

Would like to replace wall heaters in the house, but it looks like the previous owner forgot to cover them when painting and now I can't determine the models to look up whether they are 120 or 240 ...
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Insulation for crawl space with framed wall and foundation

I am encapsulating my crawl space, but not sure what to do with walls above the foundation. At least part of this area could have been a basement I guess, but I am needing to deal with this area due ...
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Why does my heat pump's fan always stay on when in heat mode?

I have a heat pump. This unit does have emergency heat. I only know this because I have used it. I noticed that the other day the fan stays on with the heat on. The fan switch set to auto and the temp ...
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No heat from AC after new coils in air handler and new thermostat

I just had new evaporator coils and a new thermostat installed. This was all due to a leak in the evaporator coils. Now I have nice new shiny aluminum coils. Once the system was filled with gas and ...
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Dart in the radiator… How do I fix it without replacing the radiator?

So I was playing darts with my friend, and below the dartboard is a radiator. Anyway long story short the dart went into the radiator and now water is spraying everywhere out of it. I managed to ...
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In-floor radiant heating hooked up to hot water tank in new home - questions about how it works and operating it

I've moved into a new 2 story house. The heating system is in-floor water heating, and the heat source is an electric hot water tank. I'm hoping you guys can help me figure out how the system works ...
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Electric floor heat in basement without tile

I'm planning on putting electric floor heat in a daylight basement room which has a concrete pad. However, we don't like tile, so we'd like to use something else--preferably something that looks like ...
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Can a new water heater cause a Aquatherm heating system to fail?

I am quite unfamiliar with central heating systems, let alone those that use hot water as the heat source, so please forgive my clumsy attempt to ask this question. I have a First Co Aquatherm "Combo ...
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What heating mechanism do I have and how do I turn it off?

This is a bit embarrassing but I'm unable to figure out how my house is actually heated. I have some vents in the wall (just above the baseboard), which blow out hot air and are controlled by one ...
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Best Way to Heat a Split-Level Home

I have a split-level home, which is approximately 1600 sq.ft. Presently I have electric baseboard heat, with a pellet stove on the main level. I am looking to upgrade to a better, more centralized ...
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Proper way to seal attic space from the living space

I am living in a one-story house with flat roof. There is an 2-feet-high empty space above the ceiling and below the roof, and let me call it my attic space (although my house has a flat roof). The ...
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How can house hot water pressure be kept stable if more than one hot tap is open?

We have a Vaillant Ecotec combi boiler in the loft. When showering, hot water pressure is fine. But if someone opens any other hot tap in the house, it massively reduces the hot water coming into the ...
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Proofing Heating Pipe Passage Way

I am living in a multi-family house which happens to be an old building. The person living under my room is a chain smoker. Unfortunately, the smoke is smellable in my room, even if I close the window ...
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Please suggest occasional heating for garage used as work room [closed]

Floor area about 550 square feet Ceiling about ten feet No existing chimney or other exhaust venting system Insulated walls with insulated two vehicle doors I would like to be able to maintain a ...
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Turning water off to house for a vacation, does furnace need to go off as well?

I am going away for a week, I want to shut off all water to my home. I have an oil furnace, with a separate water boiler (connected to the oil furnace - there is no gas in the house). It is summer in ...
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Does a humidifier cool the air?

I'm considering getting an evaporative humidifier for my super-dry Northeast house, but I'm wondering if the evaporation cools off the room and is going to add to my heating bill. It seems like ...
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Rattling sound from heating pipes

I keep on hearing a rattling sound like metal banging from 1 section of pipe in my hydronic heating system, I tried bleeding but no improvement. Thanks
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Can I install a garden chiminea in a wooden shed?

I want to install my iron garden chiminea into my wooden shed. Is this a really bad idea? If it's not, how should I go about installing a chimney flue?
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Reconciling high ceilings with New England cold weather

One particular problem with typical New England architecture is that the ceilings are ordinarily low because of cold temperatures and cost of heating. If a ceiling is high, the hot air from radiators ...
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Keep bedroom doors closed or open with radiators?

I see that with induced hot air heating it is advised to keep (bedroom) doors open, but I am wondering if the same advice applies for heating with wall mounted radiators. I have a two bedroom ...
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What type of tradesman do I need if the downstairs of my house is too cold

I have bought a home and in winter the extremities of the ground floor are very cold. The original part of the building is the centre, and it has been extended in the front and the back. The main ...
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central air and high efficiency furnace

When the central air is running, cold air blows outside through the intake and exhaust pipes from the HE furnace. Is this normal? Can I block/seal off these pipes for the summer and uncover them ...
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Kenmore Elite Heavy Duty Quiet Pack 1 Dryer won't heat up

Model # 110 63032101. It runs and blows, but doesn't heat. I checked the coil and verified there is continuity. There are 2 other devices hooked up near the heating coil, but I don't know what they ...
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Why is my furnace blowing hot air outside through a PVC pipe?

I turned on my furnace and went outside and noticed hot air blowing out a J-shaped PVC pipe. Is it a vent or error that needs to be plugged?
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Is steam heat noisy?

Is steam heat noisy compared to forced hot water? I currently have forced hot water and the only noise is an occasionally hum from the pump (which can be annoying) and sometimes the sound of water ...
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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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What issues should I be aware of when buying a 60's house that hasn't had anything done to it since it was built?

The house was built in 1964. Walking into it is like walking into a 60's film set; nothing has been done to it since it was built. It looks to be in good condition, but we're concerned about ...
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On heat load calculations

My question is simple. Is heat load calculation the same for sizing air conditioners as it is for sizing radiators? I.e if an AC guy gives you the heat loads which lead him to select particular air ...
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Metallic smell when HVAC Unit. fires up. What could it be?

Background: The HVAC unit I have serves both the 1st and second floor, but does a poor job of distributing heat to the 1st floor. The previous owner added a hydrodronic boiler and baseboards to the ...
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Can I add four new ducts to my HVAC trunk line?

I am finishing my basement and need some insight from someone who understand HVAC design. I would like to know if my main trunk line (the 34' one in the diagram) can handle another four 6" ducts off ...
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No heating but have hot water

My hot water is working fine, boiler fires up OK. The problem is that my heating won't switch on. I have a wireless thermostat which appears to send and receive the correct signal as the receiver ...
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What do the numbers 1 to 9 mean on my thermostat? [closed]

What do the numbers translate to in temperatures?
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How can I stop my radiators “clicking” when they're turned on or off?

I have a central heating system on a timer, and whenever the timer turns on or off, for around ten / fifteen minutes, some of the radiators in my home make regular clicking noises, kinda hollow-...
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What kind of air conditioner system do I have?

I know this site says 'DIY', but if this question belongs somewhere else, let me know which site is appropriate for this question. Thank you. At the beginning of this month, I had a Coleman air ...