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Old 02-13-2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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I have a heat pump with two thermostats. One on the main level and one for the room over my garage. I feel like it is not working properly and just getting a run around explanation from the builder. My year warranty is running out and I want to understand very well before I speak with the builder again. During the spring/summer when we purchased the house, he told me that when the temperature upstairs became too great in comparison to the downstairs temp a fan would run to circulate the air. This seemed reasonable and the temp difference was never greater than five degrees and I was happy with this. However, during the winter the difference is 10 degrees and the room is unbearable. I feel that if I have them fix this problem, it will only be temporary and then come summer, I'll be sweltering with an expired warranty. Thanks for any help!!

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I dont understand, if you have two zones with 2 t-stats, why isn't each floor at the desired setting of the t-stat?

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That's what I don't understand. It's like my thermostat upstairs does nothing.
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A zoned system would use a zone board and dampers installed in the ducts. Do you have a zone board of some sort near the furnace? If the system just turns on the fan to move air it is not zoned and will more than likely not work as you desire. More info is needed. Look closely at your duct and let us know what you have if possible.
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It may very well not be zoned. I've contacted the builder and am waiting for him to call me back. There was a specific name that he used for the system which I do not recall. I will also take a look at the system myself. If it is not zoned, what is really the point of the second thermostat?
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Until we get more info it is hard to say what the second stat is controlling. Let us know what you find out.
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I dont know what you have but I bet your 2nd floor t-stat only turns the blower on, but look at hour Air Handler and you should see a zone panel to see if they actually installed two zones......
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This could be wired like a relative's house with hot water baseboards and 3 zones. Only the main living room stat controls the heater turning on and one zone, the others control the zone valves to let heat in the other areas of the house. The other 2 stats only control the zone valves- not the heater so if the main is set low and the others high, the heat will not go on but the valves will be open when it does.
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This could be wired like a relative's house with hot water baseboards and 3 zones. Only the main living room stat controls the heater turning on and one zone, the others control the zone valves to let heat in the other areas of the house. The other 2 stats only control the zone valves- not the heater so if the main is set low and the others high, the heat will not go on but the valves will be open when it does.
Why would you even pay someone for this type of setup?
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no one asked if it was forced air (with blower) or a boiler?
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no one asked if it was forced air (with blower) or a boiler?
Said it was a heat pump, so i'm assuming there is also an air handler...
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maybe shes not putting enough wood in the stove! lol
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Why would you even pay someone for this type of setup?
We didn't specifically- it was in the house when it was bought many years ago. It is a shore house so it didn't seem to matter as much.

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