The heat is fixed!

United States
November 24, 2015 6:25am CST
For the past week or so we've been having some issues with our furnace. It wasn't turning on when the temperature got too low. We'd have to go down and manually turn it on. Then it would stay on until it reached the proper temp, turn off, but not come back on again. Hubby spent some time tinkering with it. He cleaned a few parts, took some things apart and put them back together. Just some basic things he's been taught. Overall he doesn't know much about furnaces but we seem to have trouble with ours every winter at least once as it is 10 years old and our basement is moist. Over the weekend we went and got a new thermostat hoping that would solve the problem. But yesterday the heat wasn't turning on at all, not even when we did it manually. He got to the point where he was ready to call a repairman to come out and fix it. But he did a little more research and learned that one part that he had already tinkered with isn't supposed to be tinkered with. He went down and did something to it... and the heat fired up! Then it turned itself off and we waited with baited breath... And it came back on by itself. This morning I wanted to see if it would come on by itself so I turned the thermostat up a touch, and it came on! Looks like he managed to fix it without calling a repairman. All it cost us was a new thermostat.
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4 responses
@PhredWreck (6079)
24 Nov 15
Looks like you won't get to ask the repairman about any Black Friday deals. Good thing you got it fixed, this is the wrong time of year for a malfunctioning furnace.
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• United States
24 Nov 15
Well if it malfunctioned in the summer we wouldn't know about it as we'd never attempt to turn it on. It was working fine when we did first turn it on, but over the past week or so it's been acting up. We do seem to have problems with it every year. 2 years ago we had to replace the control board. The year before that I worked with a lady who's husband fixed furnaces so we had him come take a look and he fixed it. I was worried this year as our basement flooded over the summer and I thought the furnace would have some problems but it didn't. It seems it was just the thermostat this time. He's talking about just getting a new furnace... but I'd much rather get a new house!
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@scheng1 (24850)
• Singapore
28 Nov 15
I think after this winter, you have to get it fixed for good. It may be better to change the whole thing. The furnace is probably too old, and consume too much electricity to heat up. It will be better to get new one that works more efficiently, and you will have lower bills for years to come.
• United States
28 Nov 15
Well we don't have $2,000 lying around to replace it... do you?
@boiboing (12261)
• Northampton, England
24 Nov 15
That must be a big relief.
• United States
24 Nov 15
It really is! There's snow on the ground outside, so it's really cold. The house was freezing yesterday. We have a few space heaters, but they don't keep the house warm, they just help us not to have to crank the heat. When I got home from work I didn't even want to take my coat off it was so cold in the house.
@Missmwngi (9636)
• Nairobi, Kenya
24 Nov 15
How you can now enjoy the heat with the cold season