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  1. HVAC
    Hi All, We have a vertical, closed-loop waterless geothermal system, with backup heat, installed in 2010. I was hanging a barn door for my wife the other day, and dropped the rail, smashing the thermostat (RobertShaw 9420). I went to Walmart and picked up a Honeywell Wifi thermostat that...
  2. HVAC
    wife and i just bought our first, old house. for the radiators in the home are covered in terribly ugly covers. i'd like to remove the covers but unfortunately almost all of them have old, ugly and deteriorating paint. do i have any reasonable options here? our painting contract told us he...
  3. Tools
    Hello, My old "Weatherworks" milkhouse-style heater finally ceased to function. For two years the switch did not work properly, and the plug was getting very hot after thirty minutes of use. I only use it to heat my room up before i go to bed, then i turn it off. I'd use a space heater for...
  4. HVAC
    There is a hot water radiator that is in our back bedroom on our second floor. It's relatively small but it is in the way of a wraparound desk we want to install to make it into an office. It's just too tall. Our goal is to remove the radiator and remove the riser pipes going to it from the...
  5. HVAC
    https://i.imgur.com/qF93LEz.jpg I am replacing my entire hvac system soon. I'm trying to figure out what is going on so that I can request the correct size for my furnace. I currently have a single speed gas furnace. --- Please refer to the image link above for this question. Top right...
  6. HVAC
    Hello - I've lived in an old turn-of-the-century home in Iowa for a few years. We have a three zone hot water boiler system that usually works pretty well (though we've had to replace two pumps, the gas valve, and two pump power supplies). Over the summer I inadvertently disconnected...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone, moved into a house in Memphis area in November and for some reason many of the homes here have this pebble flooring on exterior patios. When walking on it barefoot it feels like shards of glass. What are my options to smooth OVER it? Some kind of cement/concrete/filler that...
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    Just moved into a our new house, originally build in the 1980's. The past few night we've noticed a drip like sound coming from the vent in our bedroom. It is consistent and happens through out the night. I also noticed it in the morning from the bathroom vent. Right now we are in winter and...
  9. HVAC
    Resco (now Carrier, I think) GB3AAV from 1993: Blower goes on, but sometimes with heat, sometimes without. So far it seems random. I downloaded the service manual and plan to try some diagnosing tomorrow, but would appreciate guidance from someone more experienced than I on what are the most...
  10. HVAC
    Live in a 200 y/o behemoth with forced hot water baseboards in 3 zones, with a Burnham 207A-WNI gas boiler. This morning after the first real full call for heat this season, it warmed the house with lots of gurgling in the pipes and then the gurgling stopped and there was a low hum. Went to the...
  11. HVAC
    Hi all, I've been having an on and off issue with my oil furnace for the last year or so. Every now and then water would slowly drip out of the copper pipe pointing down towards the ground (open on bottom). I'm guessing this is some sort of pressure release system? My furnace guy said it's...
  12. HVAC
    My home needs some heating help - see my previous post about my terrible hydronic heating system :-). I have a gas fireplace that vents horizontally out the side of the townhouse. Above it is a shelf for my DVD player, media PC, and then above that is where I have the TV. Problem is, if I turn...
  13. HVAC
    hello i am trying to rearrange my heat zones. we moved in to the house last winter and the previous owners zoned the house for heat but not AC. this summer we added AC and zones the house in two zones. Zone 1 -master bedroom, guest room Zone 2 - baby room 1, baby room 2 unfortunately the heat...
  14. Appliances
    A tenant rented a electric 220 volt dryer from an appliance rental store, it would not heat up. They brought in a second dryer and it had the same exact problem. The store said it is a problem with the house wiring because the odds of two dryers having the same problem is a statistical...
  15. HVAC
    I have a Goodman GMT070-4A. When turning on the heat this year (I live in San Diego), there is no heat coming out of the vents. When turning the furnace on, the ignitor will glow, the burners will ignite then will run for about 6 seconds then shut down. This process repeats three times then the...
  16. HVAC
    Hey guys....this has been a ridiculous thing to wrap my head around, and is making me crazy!! So...been dealing with freezing pipes in my kitchen sink. I cut open the bottom of the cabinet for access. The pipe from the taps are the plastic flexible type, which then connect to copper. This...
  17. HVAC
    Hello all, Last week, I came home to find my element staying on while the blower wasn't working at all. Noticed a large brown spot on the control board. Ordered a new one from A1 source (slight variation, but replacement) and also bought the exactly same version York one. Also I noticed...
  18. Windows and Doors
    Hi, I am planning to install one way glass on the exterior windows of my home primarily to reduce some of the heat entering. The guy who is contracted to carry out the work suggested to install the windows with the mirror finish on the inside so as to prevent outside birds from pecking at...
  19. HVAC
    The outside unit fan on my 12 yr old miller heat pump ( i believe split unit) stopped working. The air blows inside but is not cold and the heat seems to be working maybe not as warm as should be.. I have tried to push fan to get it started with no luck. I do hear the unit humm when turned on...
  20. HVAC
    Background: I bought my house two years ago, it was built in 1904 and is the heating is oil fueled hot water boiler. I have a thermostat upstairs and downstairs. About two weeks ago, the heat stopped working. I thought it might be the new nest thermostat I installed last fall (which has been...
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