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Old 2012-01-06, 11:43 AM
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you are quite correct to want to run it the way they are designed and marketed

if you do have some tiny holes, you could patch them with a small square of red tuck tape

I just don't understand why pulling outside air in is causing you this much trouble - our hrv runs 24/7
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Old 2012-01-06, 01:31 PM
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you are quite correct to want to run it the way they are designed and marketed

if you do have some tiny holes, you could patch them with a small square of red tuck tape

I just don't understand why pulling outside air in is causing you this much trouble - our hrv runs 24/7
Really, you run the HRV year round? OK that's interesting! I haven't found many people around here who have an ERV and/or who run the HRV consistently, so it's been tough to find a house to compare to.

Now, if the previously repairs were similar to this one, I firmly believe that either their terminations or else tears in the outer jacket could be the culprits. If my repair doesn't work, I've found that I can order the "Venmar Hood Installation Kit" that includes the hoods and collars that should have been used in the first place. I could also just patch the hole in the wall and drill out a 6" for the hood, as the instructions call for. Maybe none of that will be necessary though.
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We have an ERV too, and have been running it pretty much constantly. It's held the humidity pretty well. I only turned the humidifier on yesterday.

What symptoms would I be looking for if I had the same problem you had?
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Old 2012-01-06, 06:30 PM
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We have an ERV too, and have been running it pretty much constantly. It's held the humidity pretty well. I only turned the humidifier on yesterday.

What symptoms would I be looking for if I had the same problem you had?
Basically the fresh air supply line to the unit will become saturated with water and sag in spots. If you just feel the outside of the duct all along and you don't feel cold heavy insulation inside, you're fine. It's really obvious when you touch. Plus the duct weighs a lot more in those spots.
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We also have an ERV and have been running it 24/7 for the last 17 months with no problems.
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