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  1. The best we can figure, the following happened......

    The best we can figure, the following happened... note that the iron supply and return lines were intact:

    1. House Unattended, Stat at 55. A -5F cold snap hit the area.
    2. One theory is that the...
  2. Correct, it's a hot water system, not steam. I'm...

    Correct, it's a hot water system, not steam. I'm not sure of the definition between closed and open systems. It would heat the water, move it through the system by the rise of the heated water,...
  3. Mystery: Blown Boiler -- House Covered in Ice

    If you enjoy HVAC mysteries, here's one for ya.

    In the past, I've consulted this site as a mere homeowner with an interest in HVAC (I've always enjoyed discussing the trade). Thanks to referrals...
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    Pix

    We've gotten a LOT of rain this year. Anyways, here are some pix...

    The first is the main flue off of the burner, note the stream of white, powdery stuff:
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    It's not a masonry chimney... It has a...

    It's not a masonry chimney...

    It has a power/fanned flue and metallic all the way up to the cap.

    The smell doesn't have a hint of sulfur or even an orange tint.

    Is there a high-temp...
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    Gas Vent Pipe Dripping White Substance

    Hi All-

    I have a Bryant Plus 80 furnace with a heat pump-A/C combo; typical 2-story house design with basement - age: 4-5 years.

    From a previous discussion here (based on the SEER rating),...
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    Well, it was one of those great GE caps. Runs...

    Well, it was one of those great GE caps. Runs great now.

    Dew points were up in the 70's last night, so it wasn't fun at all. Now, the system's charged properly, and the humidity is flowing...
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    Possible A/C Compressor Failure

    I have a tech coming out tomorrow to check it out, but I thought I'd run it by you guys first...

    The house started to heat up yesterday afternoon (hottest day this season -- thought it was...
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    Yeah, I think I'm to that point... My Wife...

    Yeah, I think I'm to that point...

    My Wife already referenced the Dad from the "Christmas Story" movie.

    It's a clinker! That blasted stupid furnace dadgummit!

    Thanks for the effort fellas......
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    Problem is back

    That's where I think the mix up is: "Dual-Speed". Does that commonly refer to the compressor?

    The problem has returned. The fan blower is at full speed, but kicks down to medium-low when the...
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    To answer your question, the A/C struggles to...

    To answer your question, the A/C struggles to reduce the temp to the setpoint.

    When the high blower speed starts, the return duct pressure pulls on the duct side and makes a "bang" sound --...
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    Thanks!

    Thanks guys.

    In the Kansas City area, the temps range from -5F to 105F and the full range of humidity. The gas burner does a great job (but the AFUE rating nearly sets the benchmark for "Least...
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    Dual Speed Operation Question

    Hi all-

    I'm a homeowner with a few questions about my HVAC system. Sorry if I don't have the terms down properly :o

    The system is a 3-year old Bryant HP/Gas system, handling about 3000 square...
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