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    How to wire my thermostat?

    I have a thermostat with Rh, Rc, G, W, Y, but, not C. There are five wires from the wall - Red, Black, Blue, White, and Grey (yellow). I used a meter to check; the 24V is output between Red and Grey; also between Black and Grey. I put Red-Rh, Black-Rc, Blue-G, White-W and Grey-Y. The heading and fan are working. But, the cooling doesn't seem to work. Please advise. Thank you very much!

    They were all working. I took out the wires without writing them down and messed up.

    3 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)2 months ago
  • College Financial Aid (FAFSA linked to Tax Return)?

    Last Friday, I just filed my Fed tax return via mail and filled out the FAFSA for my son. The college requires us to link the IRS tax return with FAFSA, although it also requires we mail signed tax-return to IDOC of College Board. Obviously, my tax return hasn't been processed by IRS and I could not link. I am afraid we will miss the deadline for the Financial Aid (5/13). I tried to do the e-file from H&R Block software and it doesn't allow me to e-file because I had to override some information (the software doesn't handle Roth-IRA conversion from non-deductible IRA well.)

    Questions:

    1. How soon can IRS process my tax return?

    2. Once IRS processes my tax return, I should be able to link, right?

    3. Any good suggestions?

    1 AnswerFinancial Aid8 years ago
  • Subsidized Student Loan for Med School Student?

    My daughter is going to medical school after the summer. Someone told me if she filed her 2012 tax return as independent (not being claimed as dependent), it would be easier to receive subsidized loan (pay interest after her graduation.) Is this true?

    2 AnswersFinancial Aid8 years ago
  • Tax Return and Student Loan?

    My daughter had earned income of 5000 and investment income of 2000. She was under 24 and was a full-time student last year.

    1. Can we NOT claim her as dependent, even we had paid for your tuition and boarding expense?

    2. My daughter is going to medical school after the summer. Someone told me if she files her tax return as independent (not being claimed as dependent), she would be able to apply for subsidized loan (pay interest after her graduation.) Is this true?

    3 AnswersUnited States8 years ago
  • Why my heating system makes noise after it is shut off? - (2)?

    I have fixed the problem. It turns out it the Expansion Tank is too old and not working. I replaced it and the heating system doesn't make noise any more. Just want to share this with everyone:

    - Check the Expansion Tank by knocking at the expansion tank while the heat is not running. If you feel the tank is empty, it is working fine. If you feel the tank is full of water, it is time to replace it. A expansion tank usually lasts 5-8 years.

    - Order a Extrol Expension Tank on internet. I did some search and found https://www.pexuniverse.com/ offers the best price and the shipping is quick.

    - It is not difficult to replace the tank. Read the instruction before you do anything. It took me 15 minutes to replace it.

    - To fix the fan running too long after the heat is shut down, I turned the fan/limit thermostat switch in the attic to a higher temperature, the fan stops 5 minutes after the heat is shut down. You can try turning up the temperature a little by little.

    fyi: this is the original question I posted:

    After my heating system is shut off, (let's say after 10 PM), my fan is still running for a while (about 15 - 20 minutes). Meanwhile, it makes some noise. 1. Why is my fan is still running for quite a while after the heating system is shut off? 2. Why it makes noise? 3. How to fix it?

    2 weeks ago

    Additional Details

    Thank you all, for your answers.

    The noise is definitely NOT from the fan. I went up to the attic when it made noise.

    These two points sound more like the reason:

    Confiort Climate Service - Three: Duct expansion/heat exchanger expansion and contraction due to rapid temperature change, ( install thicker gauge duct)

    emgee - The blower operates until the reverse thermostat in the plenum is cool. The noise is the ductwork expanding and contracting of the metal.

    Can you provide more information about the solution?

    Additionally, my "fan/limit switch" has only one dial, I set it to 115. It was 110 and it made noise more often. I set it to 115 and it gets better. It still makes noise, but, it less often. Any advise?

    1 AnswerDo It Yourself (DIY)8 years ago
  • Why my heating system makes noise after it is shut off?

    After my heating system is shut off, (let's say after 10 PM), my fan is still running for a while (about 15 - 20 minutes). Meanwhile, it makes some noise. 1. Why is my fan is still running for quite a while after the heating system is shut off? 2. Why it makes noise? 3. How to fix it?

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs8 years ago
  • Roth IRA conversion from non-deductible IRA?

    We converted to Roth IRA from our non-tax-deductible IRA in 2012. Because I had 401K and income exceeded the limit, during the last few years, all our contribution to IRA were non-tax-deductible IRA. Let's say:

    Original non-tax-deductible IRA amount is $20,000 - which we had paid tax over the last few years

    Value when we converted to Roth IRA is $25,000

    I would expect to pay tax on $5,000, which we didn't pay tax before.

    Does someone know how to fill out tax return form? I am using H&R Block (Tax Cut) TAX software. It seems it changes me tax on the whole amount of conversion, in the example, $25,000, instead of $5,000.

    1 AnswerUnited States8 years ago