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I have a house that the bedroom has low ceiling. In the

I have a house that the bedroom has low ceiling. In the winter the room is so hot. It currently have a thermostat at the hallway. I want to put another thermostat inside the bedroom to control the heating unit according to the bedroom temperature. What thermostat or device or control board i can get, so i can control the heating unit with either thermostats?

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This morning I discovered that the central heat & air unit

This morning I discovered that the central heat & air unit for the upper floor of my home was not working properly. The thermostat was set correctly to "HEAT" and "AUTO" like normal, but no warm air. The fan was functioning, but when the burner tried to kick on (at least that's what it sounded like) it would fire for a few seconds then shut down, then that cycle would go again and again every few seconds. This went on for maybe a minute or two, then the whole unit went quiet.This Goodman unit is natural gas. There are other natural gas appliances in the home which are working fine. Furthermore, the shutoff valve for the gas line leading directly into the unit is still in the "ON" position.My first thought is that the thermocouple needs replacing. But, I guess that would depend on whether or not the burners are actually lighting off. I have removed the panels and taken pictures.How should I proceed? Should I try to see if the burners light by leaving the burner panel cover off and turning the thermostat back on? Or?

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I just turned on my swamp cooler summer and there

I just turned on my swamp cooler for the summer and there was an immediate smell of ammonia concentrated in our laundry room. I use fabric softener in the water for the swamp cooler and the air coming from the vents throughout the house smells like that.However, in the laundry room, there are not any vents and that is where the ammonia smell is concentrated. The spare room and office near the laundry room also do not have any ammonia smell. The closet with the central heating/duct work does not smell of ammonia,either. We have completely cleaned our washer and ran bleach cycles through it and, while we found some nasty stuff in the screen, it didn't remove the smell. I've tried cleaning the vents on the roof, both the dryer vent and air vent, and that hasn't helped.It seems that some sort of pressure change or something may be occurring but I'm at a loss now.

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Rick

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I have an old boiler in my basement that provides heat to the

I have an old boiler in my basement that provides heat to the house, but it is not working correctly. Up until a couple of days ago it was working, but now the pilot is lt, but it is not kicking on and sending steam through the pipes. It has a Honeywell pilot control valve model VR8200A2132, and the pilot is lit. When the thermostat is turned up, the control module hums but there is not the big rush of gas into the place where the pilot is. Can you offer a suggestion?

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I am buying a parcel in a historic district which contains

I am buying a parcel in a historic district which contains 2 small Victorian bungalows built in 1908. The home inspection is tomorrow. What are some specific things I should make sure the inspector looks for?The combined square footage is 1440 (I think that might be low). They are pillar-and-post construction, with front porches that slant; possibly the inside a bit, too. Each has a 1/2 basement/ 1/2 crawlspace underneath. What do I need to do to make sure the bungalows last another century?In Orange County, CA, what can I expect to pay?If the wiring needs to be redone, do you have any tips? What types of pipes are currently the standard? Are there any that should definitely be replaced?What is a safe and cost-effective central heating system that can be installed from the crawlspace? Are the old bronze floor-grate systems still allowed?One all the wiring and plumbing has been updated, do you recommend that kind of injected expansion foam for insulating? I don't believe there is any insulation at all in the houses. Is it sufficient to insulate the attic-crawlspace and the exterior walls?Can (lathe-and-) plaster walls be filled and sanded, if the cracks and buckling aren't too bad? Wow, lots of questions!

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We have a 3000 sq ft two story house in Fair Oaks, California

We have a 3000 sq ft two story house in Fair Oaks, California ( just outside Sacramento, ca.). We need to replace the central heat and a/c. What size unit should we get since we like like instant cool and heat?

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My clothes and other things in my wardrobe get mildew on them.

My clothes and other things in my wardrobe get mildew on them. I get a bit of mould on outside walls swell. My damp proof course is OK. Outside walls don't show any dampness. I run a dehumidifier nearly all day everyday. I have central heating in the bedrooms. What's causing it.

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Charles

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What is the best air filter for central airconditioning and

What is the best air filter for central airconditioning and heat in a very air polluted, humid area? Is the eledtronic filter the best? What is the difference between it and other filters? Do ultra violet lights kill mold in the air ducts?

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Dr. Fix-It

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My wife and I just bought a two story house on a hill. The

My wife and I just bought a two story house on a hill. The upper floor is nice and warm, and the lower floor is quite a bit colder. You really notice it when you walk downstairs. What can I do to make the downstairs warmer? More specifically, what can I do to make it closer to the temperature of the upper floor? Would insulation under the floor work?More info:The house has central heat, which works well on both floors. But I would like to conserve energy as much as possible. I can use a space heater if I know I'm going to be in a specific room, but I'd rather do something that evens out the heat distribution other than running a space heater.The outer walls of both floors are exposed to air, the upper floor getting much more sun. There is a crawlspace underneath the house, two sides of which are exposed to air and the other two sides being against the hill. There is no insulation under the floor. I don't believe there is any insulation in the walls.

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