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Is there any risk of running both the fan and furnace at the same time?

I am attempting to build my own thermostat using an arduino and a few relays and have been trying to map the appropriate wires so I don't damage my furnace/AC unit. This is a picture of my thermostat,...
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How do I calculate how long a furnace has to work to compensate a given temp drop?

I am trying to understand the dynamics of heating a home after the furnace size was calculated. Say you have a 60000BTU furnace to heat a 2000 sqft home. At the beginning of the heating season you ...
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Is it normal for the burner in my furnace to turn on and off during a single heating cycle?

During the heating time when the furnace is running to reach the temperature ask for, the burners will run for 3.5 to 4 mins.than shut off for 1 min. Then turn on again.it will do this until temp. is ...
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Adding a “C” wire for a wireless theromstat [duplicate]

I have a heat only system with two wires leading to the thermostat - red and white - and am wanting to add a wireless thermostat. The new thermostat however requires a "C" wire. Can I add a C wire?
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How can I remove ductwork that is butted against a foundation wall?

I need to remove the existing ductwork in my basement to install insulation behind it. I'd like to do it without destroying the ductwork. The vertical duct is right against the foundation, so I can't ...
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Why won't my electric furnace kick on unless the thermostat is set to 73?

I have an older, ill insulated mobile home. My house is obviously not 73 degrees, and my heater will not kick on. I set it to 73 and it finally came on, but then the furnace would not shut off. It ...
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How do I disable a thermostat to prevent it from turning on the AC?

I need to disable my thermostat from turning on the AC. Yes, covertly. I think one of my housemates is missing his native Antarctica. So, the thermostat still must be active & setable, but I want ...
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What would cauase a limit go bad in a furnace?

On Christmas day my furnace pilot would not kick on and the blower just kept running on and on blowing out cold air. A furnace tech came out and looked at it. He said the Limit was bad and he replaced ...
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What kind of wall switch is needed for a natural gas fireplace to ignite consistently?

When we moved in, our natural gas fireplace worked well: Flick the switch & it would ignite. Years later, it started acting erratically: Sometimes, the switch worked, other times, no luck. We'd ...
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Carrier 60,000 BTU 92% Furnace vs Carrier 40,000 BTU 95% AFCU Furnace

I have about 900 finished square feet in my house, and I'll eventually be adding another 200 or so finished sq/ft in my basement. I'm looking to get my furnace replaced and have been quoted two ...
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When to Replace UV Bulb in AC System?

We had a new AC system put in last summer. The contractor included a UV bulb between the cooling area and the supply fan. It's supposed to kill bacteria and other nasties in the air. (The bulb is ...
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How to measure air flow coming out of registers?

As my contractors finish installing ductwork and the air handler for my central AC system, I would like to have a measure of how many CFMs come out of each register, as a function of how the system is ...
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What could cause a condensing units fan to stop working?

My AC unit fan stopped working suddenly. I tested the 3 pole condenser (capacitor) and the it looks OK ( 45 uf , 5 uf is what is mentioned in the spec of capacitor). I tested the resistance in the the ...
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How do I find air vents that are covered over with popcorn ceiling?

My house has several areas where we are have no heat vents and these areas are quite cold. Others areas have vents even in the closet spaces. I found one covered vent after walking through my ...
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Testing the exhaust of a natural gas furnace?

I recently had maintenance performed on my natural gas forced-air furnace. During this maintenance, the technician went outside and used an electronic handheld device with a wire-attached probe to ...
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Could an unlevel furnace be causing noise from the blower fan?

The blower fan on my gas furnace sounds like it is hitting other metal when it turns on or off. I had it serviced and he replaced the blower run cap but it has started again after about a week. ...
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Should I patch this hole in my slab?

I'm in the process of tearing out carpet and installing laminate in my guest bedroom. After I got the carpet out, I discovered a hole several inches across underneath the wall that borders the garage. ...
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How do I calculate CFM for a structure?

This is for calculating the CFM (cubic feet per minute) of air that the blower needs to move in order to compensate the total heat loss (ventilation,infiltration,heat loss through walls, windows, etc)...
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Can I connect an additional wire to HVAC system where all the terminals are full?

I'm installing a new thermostat (ecobee Smart Si) and it requires "C" wire. I checked before I bought, and saw an unused blue wire behind my current thermostat. However after connecting everything the ...
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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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What could be causing my gas fireplace to shut off?

I have a gas fireplace that is 4 years old, that shuts off after a couple of minutes. The pilot lights ok, then the burners turn on and work fine for about 3 minutes. After that the entire fireplace ...
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Can we capture the hot, humid air from a gas-powered clothes dryer during winter?

During winter we run a gas-powered heater and evaporative humidifier to maintain indoor air quality. Meanwhile, every day (big family!) we run a gas-powered clothes dryer which dumps hot, humid air ...
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Can I move second-floor duct-work from the floor to the attic

I have a two story home that sits on a slab. There is some duct work that runs through the slab. I have some duct work that runs through the ceilings of the first-floor and points towards the floor of ...
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Is a PTHP an HVAC option for a super or well insulated structure?

Is a Packaged Terminal Heat Pump a good HVAC system for a structure that is super insulated or passively insulated assuming the unit is sized and fitted to meet the needs of the structure. There is ...
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Zoned oil furnace and AC thermostat question

I recently moved into a new home and wanted to replace the old thermostats with digital Honeywell ones. From what I understand the home has a Rheem 10 Seer (1996) compressor and a Williams oil furnace ...
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will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors?

will using a ventilation system with an heat exchanger give me the same quality air indoors as outdoors? is using a proper ventilation system equivalent to having all your windows open without any ...
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I just had a heat pump installed. I had central air already so the duct work was there already for a/c. Should my vents in the ceiling be changed?

One person told me I need to change my Registers on the first floor that are in the ceiling because the house was set up for air not heat. They say the Registers I have keep the cold air going a ...
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Air Conditioner woes: water pooling in basement, condensation on ducts, frost on outdoor copper pipe

Can someone help diagnose what's wrong with my air conditioner? The symptoms are: the air that it is blowing is not very cold It's colder than the ambient air, but not cold enough to cool the house ...
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Can I install a humidifier on a horizontal duct?

I have a Honeywell whole-house humidifier (HE360A1075). Can this be installed on the horizontal ducting here on the left? It feels like it's an aluminum box under the tape. This is both gas heat and ...
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Why is my power flickering across multiple circuits?

I woke up this morning and went downstairs to find that none of the lights would come on (lights were working fine upstairs). My first instinct was thinking that a breaker had tripped, so I went to ...
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At what temperature should an unoccupied house be kept at in winter?

We are moving to a new house and unfortunately we don't have our house sold yet. I was wanting a recommendation as to what temperature to keep the furnace going @. I found a good recommendation to ...
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Which is better indirect or tankless hotwater heater

I am in the process of getting my boiler and hot water heater replaced. One company gave me a quote for a Weil McLain boiler and indirect hot water heater. Another company gave me a quote for a bosh ...
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What could cause the furnace blower to come on constantly and no fire in gas burner?

When thermostat is turned up on my hot air furnace, the blower immediately comes on, blowing no heat, had it checked and with some luck the burner fired after about 10 tries of switching on and off. ...
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Could a high limit switch cause the furnace blower to run continuously?

My furnace was running fine. The I noticed that the unit was blowing cold air. Checked the furnace burners and they were off. I turned off the unit on the thermostat and the blower continued to run. ...
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How do I connect a 24v air purifier to hvac?

I have a MicroPure MX4 that the previous homeowner left behind new in the box. This is a 24v unit and needs to be hardwired. My question is can I connect the two wires to the terminal where the ...
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How can I cut a cinder block wall to run large round duct through it?

When an addition was put onto the house that I own, the previous owner just ran the duct work into the crawl space through an old basement window. I want to re-route the duct work by actually cutting ...
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Is it possible to create a better temperature controlling system?

I have a two story 2.5k sq ft house with a varying degree of temperature throughout the house. The main problem is that the air coming out of vents are very weak if almost nil. Only the living room ...
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Is this HVAC capacitor dead?

HVAC system stopped blowing cold air today. Last time it did this, we gave it a 2-3 hour break, in case it was over-heated, and it came back. Today, same deal, but no cold air after a few hours. I ...
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Can I remove the insulation from flex duct

I am trying to fit a 7" flex duct between some floor joists and it would fit better without the insulation. Can I remove the insuluation and just use the plastic part?
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Why won't my Heil 7000 natural gas furnace ignite?

I have a Heil 7000 gas furnace Model: NUGK100DH12 Serial: L933050100 When we turn it on at the thermostat, the exhaust blower will kick on. We checked to be sure the gas is reaching the unit and ...
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Should my A/C compressor come on when I turn only the fan on?

I have a bog standard HVAC system with a Nest thermostat. When I tell the theromostat to turn the fan on for 15 minutes the A/C compressor also kicks on. Is this normal?
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How do I reinstall round 6" duct pipe in my basement?

The 6" duct pipe was removed in my basement. I am trying to put it back up, but the pieces will not go together. The pipe is no longer round, and even when i try putting pieces together that have the ...
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Is there a trick to getting round HVAC duct pieces to fit together

I have been doing some basic HVAC duct work as part of a remodeling project and I can never get the pieces to fit together without massive amounts of elbow grease and mangling the ends. Is there some ...
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Should I add an escape register for added ventilation in A/C duct to reduce condensation?

I have a condensation and drippage problem where my 8" exposed circular AC duct comes out of the ceiling. Above the ceiling is the attic, meaning it gets pretty hot. The pipe comes out of the ceiling ...
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Is there a reason for an exterior vent not connected to anything?

I have an exterior vent on the side of my house not connected to any piping within. You can look inside and see wood/concrete/insulation into the cavity between the basement ceiling and main floor. I'...
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Can a problem with heater stack liner cause outside chimney mortar to crack and fall out

I had "high-efficiency" furnace installed in 2009. In 2011 chimney required full grind-out and repoint job, and chimney saver solution was applied to prevent water damage. Service lasted only 18 ...
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Humidity Levels

What is a healthy and safe humidity level that I should try to keep my house at?
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Home inspection requires exhaust to attic exterior

We have sold our 1995 built home. One item that needs to be addressed is "Bathroom fans vent to attic and need to exhaust to the exterior of the attic to prevent moisture condensation in attic." I ...
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Furnace filter inserted backwards, will this cause permanent damage?

Just found out that my wife changed the last furnace filter and inserted it backwards. This was noticed after the ac was not cooling the house very well. I went outside and noticed that the coil ...
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How to connect a DIY thermostat to the HVAC System

I am building a DIY thermostat similar to this blog. I want to connect it to the HVAC system of my home. How do I do that? I found this post which is very informative but doesn't completely answer my ...

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