Questions tagged [heating]

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How do I bleed a noisy radiant heat system?

I have a gas fueled (converted from oil just a few years ago) boiler in my basement with an integrated tank-less water heating system for the showers/taps/etc. The output is three zones as shown in ...
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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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Can I reverse my heating zone?

I have a three zone hot water boiler based heating system. The boiler is currently at one end of my ranch style house. The radiators appear to be directionless (no valves or anything). One of the ...
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Carrier infinity 25vna heat pump utility curtailment

I have a newly installed infinity greenspeed hp system and the utility is trying to figure out how to control the outdoor unit in heating mode. It's my understanding that the utility sends a signal ...
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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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Why my baseboard heater won’t turn with new thermostat?

I have a pair of electromod basement heater. The label on each of them show them show 750/1000W. Power supply to this is 240V I am trying to replace the old manual thermostat with a progrmabale one. ...
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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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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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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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Heating element in oven not working - can I still use it?

We noticed a few days ago that one of 2 heating elements in the oven is not glowing. I would assume that would mean that for some reason it has stopped working. I did notice recently that whenever I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my Goodman a/c blower motor randomly not work?

My blower motor stops working almost every night! I have no issues during the day. If the motor kicks on it works fine but when the thermostat reaches temperature and shuts the unit off it’s a 50/50 ...
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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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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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Will adding a cool air return in the basement help with summer AC power usage?

Pretty much the title. I have a full basement. Part of it is unfinished and has the water heater, furnace, and washer / dryer. The other part (roughly 1/2 of the total space) is partially finished. It ...
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How can I resolve a “vent intake or termination” problem on my furnace?

It's June so my furnace has been off for a while. But it's cold today and I have a sick kid home so I tried to start my furnace but it's not working. I'm getting an LED code with three red flashes ...
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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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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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What do the numbers 1 to 9 mean on my thermostat? [closed]

What do the numbers translate to in temperatures?
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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 ...
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Portable heat pump strange thermostat

I've got an Olimpia Splendid Ellisse HP portable heat pump with strange/incorrect thermostat readings. According to another thermometer the room temperature is currently 16.9C, the heat pump ...
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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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can i use a transformer to run an american steam cleaner ( 120v/60hz) on a 220v/50hz

i recently purchased a steam cleaner ( sienna Luna plus) willing to use it in Algeria, but it is designed to be used in the US , the only way i found to transform 220 v 50 hz to 110 v ( i think ...
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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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Is it OK to make a forced air register out of wood?

I live in a rather old house, and in the bathroom the heating register is oddly busted up. I'm wondering if it would be a safety violation to fabricate the outer frame of the register out of wood, ...
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Peerless Boiler not heating - No flame

I have a Peerless boiler and today woke up to it not heating the water. The water definitely feels like it is circulating through the pipes, but the water temp isn't getting over 60 degrees. We had it ...
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Nest E Thermostat Power

My thermostat is in the basement, connected to a Honeywell R845A to run a circulating pump for heat. I bought an Nest E for the main house and it works great. I want to replace the thermostat in the ...
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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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Is this line voltage thermostat sufficient?

I'm replacing a bad Aube line voltage thermostat for my electric baseboard heaters. I liked the model, so I purchased what I thought was the same one - however I missed a letter in the model. What I ...
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Some baseboard in one zone are getting hot and some are not

So I have one zone with two split loops. One loop is getting hot, the other is not. In the boiler room where the zone splits into two loops i can already feel that one is hot and one is barely warm. ...
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17 years old tankless, fix or replace?

I have a 17 years old conventional tankless combi boiler, it has a 'spilling' 3-way and DHW exchanger clogged by limestone. Should I fix it or I'd do better replacing the whole boiler with a new ...
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Why can I not find a 120V programmable 2-pole thermostat

I'm wanting to connect a 120V wall heater to a programmable, 2-pole thermostat. The difference between 1 vs. 2 poles involves whether or not the thermostat can truly, completely cut power or not. ...
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Master thermostats on a multi zone heat system

I have a 5 zone split level house with forced hot water heat. The issue I’m running into is that my house has an in-law apartment that I rent out and it occupies 2 of the 5 zones, and the other 3 are ...
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Installable storage heaters - why manufacturers bother putting the bricks in? [closed]

Recently I have learned of "installable storage heaters". Those are fairly heavy devices which consist of a ceramic brick stack and electric heater. The brick stack is heated during the off-peak ...