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Left in the Cold, Again.

January 22nd, 2009 (06:53 pm)

current mood: contemplative

Did I mention that the furnace broke again? First it broke last Friday morning, when the motor gave up and died. We had no heat all weekend, including Sunday, when I had a luncheon party for nine people. And I had overnight guests from Friday until this morning (Thursday) as well. On Monday the furnace guy came to replace the motor.

Wednesday morning we woke up to a cold house. The furnace broke again. The new motor was fine. This time it was the igniter that was dead. The furnace guy came again. He said that, strangely, the new problem was completely unrelated to the prior problem. It's an old furnace; the different pieces of it just reached old age at the same time and gave up on life. But he also said that our ancient furnace is actually much better built than new ones are, and that it would probably last for years longer. This, from a guy who stood to gain a lot by advising us to replace it. And the second repair was a relatively cheap one, thank goodness. We're still reeling from the price tag on the first repair.


Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)

Bundle up!

Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)

I'm sure you muddled through with grace and an armload of sweaters and blankets. I understand. I'm living in a house built in the 1920s. I have no idea how old the furnace is, but it's rusty and clanky and cranky, and may pre-date the seven-digit telephone number. A couple of years ago, the igniter (?) failed, so we had to re-light the pilot by hand a couple of times each day. After we replaced that, the thermostat when out. So far, so good, but Mike did do something last week that made the blower stop clanking and squeeking. There are things I'd just rather not know about....

Posted by: dragonet2 (dragonet2)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
The repair, don't replace advice was pretty much

the comment made last winter when the coupler to the furnace motor blew (this is what impels hot water through the systen and makes it warm...). The failure was alarming because it is very noisy when you have big cast iron radiators.

Guy fixed it (for remarkably cheap) and basically suggested we call him if anyone suggests any outrageous repairs. And that the boiler, etc. was basically sound, it was holding pressure right (it is not a steam system, just circulated hot water) and everything that needs to work was doing okay.

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