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Honeywell VR8300A3500 Single Stage Heat Gas Valve to Ecobee3 with C wire

Hey everyone have a quick question regarding a honeywell VR8300A3500 Single Stage Heat Gas Valve and the introduction of a Ecobee3 wifi enabled thermostat with a "C" wire. just want to make sure i am ...
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Replacing old thermostat and two unidentified wires

I'm replacing an old thermostat from the early 90's with a new wifi thermostat. When removing the old one, it only used R,G,Y,W wires, and the new wifi thermostat requires a C. After fully removing ...
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A/C unit cycles on and off during cooling phase

My outside compressor / condenser is cycling on and off, even though the thermostat is calling for A/C. The blower in the house still runs, and the thermostat is working properly. (I opened up the ...
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Furnace blower motor makes buzzing noise and won't start

I'm having a bizarre issue with my HVAC forced air blower motor. Specifically, it will not start and just buzzes while showing a great deal of startup current (20-22 amps). Background: This is a ...
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Garage Vent Intake/Exhast

So I have a 1.5 car garage that seems to be sealed off, airflow wise pretty well. Any moisture from rain or snow just seems to sit and not evaporate at all or extremely slowly. Also, I dry out my ...
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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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Only getting 15-16 volts from Furnace R and C

I recently purchased a smart thermostat. Because it needed a common wire and I only had a 3 wire setup, I ran a new thermostat wire to my furnace. However, I now get only 15 volts (inconsistently, ...
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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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Rapid on/off cycling of furnace

My 50-year old wall furnace keeps cycling on and off as it gets near the set temperature. Can I fix this by changing to a new thermostat? It's a 2-conductor cable (no blower).
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New Unit with Blocked Condensate Lines

A little over 30 days ago a new HVAC unit was installed at my home. Saturday night I had a buckled ceiling and a BIG problem. The installer told me both primary and secondary lines were clogged—-the ...
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Should I switch to a vertical exhaust fan to avoid 90 degree bends?

I am replacing the original kitchen exhaust fan on my 1950s house. The old one vented sideways to an immediate 90-degree bend (to 8-inch rigid ducting) and then straight up about 24~36 inches to the ...
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Changing Trane Baystat240a to another thermostat

I want to change my current thermostat to a programmable electric one (no batteries). Could someone verify if it does have a common wire and if all wiring could fit modern thermostats? Looking at the ...
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HVAC turning off below 30 degrees

A bit of a long post but I've tried to be as specific as possible I had a new Goodman HVAC put in Dec 2016 (model GPG1430060M41AB). For the last nine weeks the system has been cutting out when the ...
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Central Air is Blowing cold air outside

I change the capacitor and cleaned all of the coils inside the interior unit and outside along with the fins and the blades with a professional solution. I had the HVAC refrigerant filled. I cleaned ...
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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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Combo hvac unit adding common wire for wireless thermostat

enter image description hereI am trying to add a wireless thermostat for my parents. I've put several in, but this one I have an issue I have not been able to google for an answer. They have a new ...
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Connecting Wood/Electric Furnace to Smart Thermostat

UPDATE: I spoke with an ecobee tech and they pointed me to an alternative solution. If I get an adapter called a "Fast-Stat Common Maker", all I need to do is figure out where to connect the C-Wire ...
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Air handler turns on even when set temp is reached

My HVAC is a heat pump system, the air handler inside is a Goodman aspf183016ea. The whole system/house is about 3 years old, and is all electric. I recently moved into the home and noticed that the ...
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Air Conditioning and blower problems

Ok, the blower unit will run on heat and fan on. However when I switch to auto and cool the blower unit doesn't run. When I have the blower in the "on" position it will run until I switch the ...
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Wiring AC condenser to Furnace

Hello So this is what I was left with I am trying to tie in fan on/off and a AC condenser I have 2 wires for my limit switch, 2 wires from my 24ac transformer, 2 wires from my AC condenser and 2 from ...
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combining a humidifier with refrigeration cooling, what do you think?

I live in a high humidity (75%) climate. I wanted to know what happens when you combine a light humidifier with a normal AC set on "dry" mode. The AC is activity reducing humidity, which helps me "...
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Minisplit HVAC humidifier

I have a 3 ton Ductless Minsisplit Installed in my Garage. One air Handler Is there a away to connect a Humidifier to this or thermostat
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How should I set my furnace's DIP switches to allow thermostatic control of the fan's stages?

I have a 16 year old Tempstar condensing 90+ two stage with variable speed motor. I just connected a Lyric T5 thermostat and would like to have the thermostat control the staging rather than the ...
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How to investigate a problem with blown 50 amp HVAC fuse without power?

My AC unit has the fan working but not the condenser and I found that one of the two 50 amp fuses was bad. Unfortunately after replacing it, I saw and heard a spark and the new fuse was blown ...
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Dripping sound emanating from interior wall space

I've seen some other questions about dripping sounds but wasn't sure if my situation fills the same circumstances or not. I have a 2-story home and only a partial understanding of where the ...
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C wire and smart thermostat (with pictures)

I'd like to install an ecobee3 thermostat, but I'm not entirely sure about my wiring. The current thermostat seems to only have a W and RC wire coming into it. There is also what appears to be a blue ...
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Compressor running, Condenser Fan isn't after Reversing Valve de-energizes?

I installed a newer version of my existing Nest Stat about a week ago. I haven't had any known issues but I do work too much to really tell. However, today my breaker was tripped to the unit. After ...
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What causes burn marks on the air handler in the attic?

What caused these burn marks? Phoenix Arizona suburb. House was construction complete about 6 months ago. The tape and insulating foam around the bigger tube was cut. I assume the AC tech that ...
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Why does my house heat up, even when it's cool outside?

Summary The question pretty much says it all. It's probably a ridiculously easy one to answer. It's cool outside but I know that my house is heating up because my AC kicks on periodically. I've ...
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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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Is it OK to stop the indoor blower during heat pump defrost on split-system heat pumps?

The traditional North American split system heat pump (ignoring "dual fuel" systems for now) relies on a backup heat source to provide both makeup heat during low-temperature (below the system balance ...
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what is the cause whereby compressor working gets hot and stops, after cooled down picks up

My challenge was that, I have this refrigerator I'm working on and after awhile it is working and then the condenser become hot as the compressor discharges excess heat, which as time goes on ...
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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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A/C capacitor replacement

Can a CBB65 55+15uF+/-5% 250VAC 40/70/21 dual capacitor in a window mounted a/c unit be replaced with a 50+15uF +/-5% 250 VAC 40/70/21 safely?
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Is my HVAC system one or two transformer based?

I have read Do I have one or two 24V transformers in HVAC control circuit, but as it appears I don't have two geographically separate units for A/C and heating, believe this to be a different question....
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Can I install a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) in a garage?

I am building a high efficiency home in N. Minnesota, 2x6 construction, slab heat, spray foam insulation etc. Need to install an heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) unit, but only have space for it in the ...
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Storing comsumable dry goods in your car in the summer? [closed]

I live in South Florida where the summer sun has no mercy. I drive a new van and I've taken steps to keep the inside cooler during the day. I live in the van for weeks at a time and need to store ...
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Where does the extra wire connect on my new furnace blower motor?

My furnace is approximately 20+ years old and i need to replace the blower motor. however the replacement has six wires and the existing has 5. Here's the existing motor's wiring diagram: And here'...
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How do motor capacitors change in value with respect to age or environmental factors?

Do motor capacitors (i.e. start, run capacitors) change in value with respect to age or other environmental factors? I understand they fail, as observed when the motor will no longer start. Do they ...
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How to wire C wire to the transformer of HVAC?

How are you all doing? I tried to connect the digital thermostat (Ecobee3) instead of my old honeywell thermostat. The original wiring is below (figure 1) HVAC is located on the ceiling of bathroom ...
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What parameters affect the amount of btu required to cool a single room

Background Due to the reason I lack knowledge in air conditioning I asked a company that manufactures and sells a\cs to send a consultant to advise me on which air conditioner I should use in my room....
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Thinnest screed over the water heating floor

I installed a water heating floor system with 17 mm pipes and studded panels. This is how a studded panel with a pipe looks like: It has 52 mm height (the polystyrene has 30 mm). Now I want to add ...
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Can I run a C wire from Fan Relay

We've just moved into a new home with an heat only, oil, forced hot air furnace. The current thermostats are very old and we'd like to update them to something like a nest. The furnace is currently ...
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Old AC and Gas Boiler wiring for new thermostat

I need help connecting a new 'C' wire for a Honeywell RTH6500WF thermostat. As you can see the heating is an old boilder with a simple pump to circulate the hot water to the baseboard radiators. The ...
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Can a motorized damper be installed inside existing ductwork?

My HVAC system consists of a fan, furnace, compressor-driven AC, and evaporative cooler. The problem is that there is a large air volume used only by the evaporative cooler that is generating a lot of ...
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Thermostat “fan” function actually using air conditioning

A few months ago, my wife and I started sleeping with our bedroom doors closed to keep out our cat. We would wake up in the middle of the night to find our bedroom was very hot and it felt really hard ...
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Room easy to warm with heater. But difficult to cool with A/C. Is this not insulation related?

I live in an apt building in the 60's. I always notice that the room is always warmer than the outside in the winter time(even with no heating). This stays true in the summer time where it would be 65 ...
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Wiring a Replacement HVAC Blower Motor for an American Standard Heat Pump Air Handler

I undertook what I thought would be a straight forward task.... Needless to say I have run into an issue that I need some help with. The replacement motor is a century 4ka35 motor with the ...
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How to fill / seal in-slab hvac ductwork?

My house is built on a slab. Within the slab are "channels" which act as ducts for the HVAC system. I assume it is partially lined with metal but based on photos from an HVAC-cleaner, it's hard to ...
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Thermostat wires crossed? Fan switch runs condenser fan instead of blower

I have been having this problem for a while and have just not run blower without thermostat calling for heat or AC, system seems to run fine in heat or cool mode, but if I turn on FAN by itself the ...