Questions tagged [heating]

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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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Hot water (steam?) gas boiler not engaging burners, low pressure, sight glass full

At the beginning of the winter season my boiler wasn't turning on, but I got it to work by turning on the inlet valve and just letting it feed water until the gas burners kicked in. The sight glass ...
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Wiring garage heater to fit a NEMA 14-50 range plug

Living in an old farmhouse that's hard to heat, furnace quit this fall so I'm using a heat pump, space heater and electric dryer to keep the pipes/me from freezing. I'd like to use a 5000 watt 240v ...
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Bought a home, return air vents on ceiling have R19 insulation shoved in them?

Checking filters and seeing what needs to be replaced, I opened the return air grate on the ceiling and what I find inside is a hunk of R19 insulation. Seems it should be some proper return air filter ...
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How to Turn On a Wall Heater

There is this wall heater in my new apartment. This is the inside the panel. There is a hole in the middle. The bottom has a knob that only has "off" "high" and "low" modes. I cannot find ...
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banging sound from gas boiler

I have a dual-energy system set up like in figure 5/page 11 of this manual When the system switches to gas (at -12C outside temp), I'm getting a banging sound in the gas boiler at the end of the ...
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How can we prevent the upper floor in a split-level home from getting too warm?

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. Down 6 steps from main level to family room and from there down ...
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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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Empire Heating System model FAW55IP

When the fan motor shuts off at the end of the cycle, in about 30 seconds the fan motor turns back on for 30 seconds and it does this 3 times before shutting off completely. Went thru troubleshooting ...
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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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Heating zone only partially working for gas boiler

I did all of these things: Checked the pressure and temperature, which looked OK Attempted to "purge" the area. The zone (let's call it Zone 2), was purged by opening the valve on the return. I had ...
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How much should I tighten the gauge on my heating oil tank?

Bought a new gauge for my heating oil tank because the previous owner installed one that was too short for the tank. The gauge came with a tiered fitting that is listed as a 1-1/2" & 2" Male NPT. ...
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Using a Radiator Space Heater to Support HVAC system

I'm looking for ways to heat my home up more efficiently. I live in a 1200 sqft home that sits on the first floor and partially in the ground. So, it gets pretty cold. I was thinking of getting a ...
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Stuck valve on heating system

I've just moved into a new house and the heating doesn't work, hot water isn't circulating. I've narrowed it down to a stuck valve on the inflow to the water pump, it seems that the valve is closed. ...
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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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Why is my thermostat turning the heat on too soon?

I have recently come across an issue with my thermostat and when and how my heat comes on. My thermostat seems to be an old round Honeywell. I set my temp at 65 typically. As of last night my ...
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furnace heating air inlet and outlet

I saw a diagram as below: I am confused with inlet air and outlet air. I think heating air should be all output from the vent port, why still need some inlet air? If I clogged the inlet air,what's ...
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Outdoor patio heater stops working after use

I bought one of those 8 foot patio heaters that use a 20 gallon propane tank to replace my old one. It will run fine for a couple of hours on a full tank and then behave like it is running out of gas....
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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. See the pics, hope this is enough, also 4 taco ...
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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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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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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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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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