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We have recentley had installed a log burner and flu pipes these appear to be leaking a black substance from the fire cement joints could you please advise me if the cement joints are faulty please

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What you are getting is tar from the wood - gets thro anything. are you burning unseasoned wood?

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Why is water coming out of my furnace exhaust pipe?


When natural gas or propane burns, water vapor is given off within the flu gasses so a bit of condensation in, off and around the flu discharge is quite normal. If it is a high efficiency furnace with the pvc flu pipe, they must be pitched properly BACK TO the furnace so the moisture will drain backwards and out a drain tap at the bottom of the riser. That style of furnace will have TWO drains...one up high for the air conditioner coil and one about 16" up from the bottom of the furnace off of the 'condensing coil' that the flue gasses pass through to extract a much greater amount of heat from the burned gas.

Many flu pipes are installed incorrectly which causes water to drip outside instead of back to the furnace and this usually results in huge icicles hanging off of them in the winter and eventually the partial blockage causes the flu's pressure switch to open.

If you have regular galvanized flu pipe, you have less than a 90% high efficiency furnace and the resultant flu gas temperature is much higher with a much greater quantity of water vapor in it. A little condensation is somewhat normal on the top of the flu cap as the hot moisture laden vapor comes in contact with the cold and dry outside air. If the moisture is all over the galvanized flu pipe in the basement, you are possibly venting into an oversized and unlined masonry chimney. IF that's the case, the chimney should really be lined with a flexible liner and properly connected to the furnace and water heater (if gas fired) with the proper connections and configuration.

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I'm installing a wood stove insert with a 6" flu. Can I use a 5" or 5.5" chimney liner and be ok? Thanks in advance. Jacob Ullucci


If the stove exhaust pipe is 6", you need to have a minimum of 6" all the way up your chimney. If you use a smaller pipe you will limit your flow, which causes excess cooling and crystalizing of smoke creating more creosote, and more of a chance for chimney fire. The perfect solution would be to run a 6" liner down your chimney, and connect it right to the top of your insert. Make sure you install a top plate at the top of the chimney to insure pieces don't fall outside the liner. Lastly install a stainless steel cap to keep any animals out.

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As long as the heater is still working good and not leaking I would just replace the Temperature and pressure relief valve. To do this turn control knob on gas valve from on to pilot. This will maintain pilot so you won't have to relight later while keeping the burner from firing while you are replaceing t&p valve. Turn off water supply on cold water supply to water heater.If this valve won't work or you don't have one shut off supply to house. Do not attempt to remove t&p valve until you are sure water is off. Open hot water on faucet close to heater and drain a few gallons from water heater drain valve. Purchase new t&p valve at hardware store. They are pretty standard 3/4 inch male pipe thread, 150 p.s.i. rated. Use teflon tape to seal pipe threads ,4-5 wraps at least or pipe joint compound to seal threads You will need a pipe wrench to remove old valve. Turn it counterclockwise to lossen then remove. Have new valve ready to go to minimize water loss. Be carefule as water will still be hot. Install new valve and tighten securly. Turn water back on and check for leaks. Also shut off faucet you opened. Once you are satisfied there are no leaks turn gas valve to on and bleed air from several places. I hope this helps you. Thanks.

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Ok i have 10-15 yr old firebox ,red ,on tiles ,flu...


You may need to remove the hat /top on the roof and run a sweep up & down it.
Before you star,t put paper down around the stove.
Use a shop vac to vacuum. Put the hose in the fire box under the stove pipe. Tape the door the best you can. Use a respirator and safety glasses and gloves.

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I have a mini fridge and it was leaking this bright green substance after I unplugged it for about 3 days, and then when I pluggedit back in, it started smelling really bad. I have know idea what's going...


the bright green substance will have turned black fairly quickly as it is mould from the vent pipe,clean out with clorine bleach and dry before use to clear mould/smell.

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That drain line is for the box that holds the air conditioner evaporator and the heater coil. It seems that your heater coil has sprung a leak and the leaked fluid is coming out the drain. You have to replace the heater coil, which on most cars involves removing a lot of the interior equipment, including the dash board on many cars. A job best left for the repair shop unless you're very adventurous and patient. Even then you will have to take it to a shop to have the air conditioning system recharged.

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Any way to take apart cemented pvc drain pipe


if the drain is slow or stopped up, i use a high powered drain opener from ace hardware called "liquid fire" it is different from drano and all that other ****.

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When it fires large flame comes out the vent


Could it be possible that there is a small gas leak somewhere close to the flu when it fires thus causing the pooling gas to ignite and tripping the limit switch? Just a thought............ If you have another identical unit operating next to it without problems, then the thickness of the flu pipe shouldn't be the issue. 80 is just thicker than 40 that's all. What they are saying as that you should use a minimum of schedule 40 because some knuckleheads would use schedule 20 if they could.

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Furnace not blowing hot air


Check your flu pipe and make sure there is no obstruction in the entire pipe. Sometimes the exhaust fan for the flu will not come on because the safety will not allow it to and it will also cause the fan to run, but not the burners to engage ignition.
Hope that helps.
God Bless.
Erik

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