Now that it is cold out had everyone had there furnace clean up?

United States
November 2, 2008 6:04pm CST
I started a discussion yesterday about out rain in CA. It is gone now and it was really nice to see the sky and the mountains for a few days. The rain was not a cold rain like we are use to here it was warm. We have had the windows opened and been sleeping with out sliding glass door opened still this winter. We have had a few cool days where the mornings in the house have gotten down to 65, but I refused to turn the furnace on because I know it would warm out and I would not need it. The other day I had a furnace repair guy come out and totally went over my furnace to clean it, change the filter and make sure it is in working order for when we do need it. This summer we had the same company come through and seal up the furnace/air ducts to make sure they where in working order and PG&E paid me and I paid them. Essentially it was free except for the stamp to send the rebate check to the the heater company once I signed it over to them. My question is for those people who live in areas that we need a furnace or air conditioner do you have them checked out every season before using them? I have to tell you we had not had it done since we bought the house four years ago. The repair guy said that when dust builds up in your furnace it makes it burn yellow orange instead of blue (the hottest fire) when it burns yellow flames you cooler air coming out the ducts and it takes longer to get your house warmed up. He said ours was really dirty. I will continue to have the furnace checked annually from now on. Our air conditioner is so old it no longer has a tag on the outside of it. The guy last year who looked at it who came to set up the program I am singed up with said we needed it check out. I did not do it last spring but I surly will next year. I just hope they can still get the free on it needs. When we can afford it we will be replacing it with something more energy efficient and greener for the environment.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 08
Well my Heating has been on for a couple of Months now as it is just to cold not to have it on As for servicing it that is down to the Landlord to sort out and I know that it is going to be done soon lol
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• United States
4 Nov 08
I do not thing I would like all the dampness and cold that you get over there. I would love to live close so the pets can play when we have tea. Thanks for responding to my discussion my friend. We have another storm coming in tonight but clearing up tomorrow and highs in the 70's this week.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 08
I would love to have you close as well I can just see them playing together as well Hugs
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• United States
4 Nov 08
I think Abagail and Sammy would love Gissi also. They do not mind dogs once they get use to them. Abagail does not seem to be afraid of much, Sammy seems to be more afraid of things.
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@peavey (16879)
• United States
3 Nov 08
I put in a new furnace this year, so it should be fine. I had only had the old one checked one time in the 8 years I've been here. The guy who checked it asked me why I thought it needed checking. ? Sounded strange to me... anyway, I intend to have this one checked at least every other year. I change the filters myself three or four times a year.
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• United States
3 Nov 08
It might be what the manufactures recommends. Mind recommends it to be checked and cleaned out every year. We live in a very dusty area and I keep the windows opened when ever I can. I do like the outdoors. I do not mind the dust coming in, I figure dusting is better than living in a stuffy home.
@peavey (16879)
• United States
4 Nov 08
That could be it. I keep windows open when I can, too, but it's not very dusty here - all streets and lawns, so it's not that much of a problem.
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• United States
4 Nov 08
We have paved streets and lawns but still have a lot of dust and pollution in the air. It rained some last night so it is clear again today.
@irishmist (3819)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Well I'm waiting for my landlord to send his guy around to check out my system, just like last year, he is really good about that, when it comes to any type of work around the house. Which makes me really happy.
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• United States
4 Nov 08
When we are the land lord we have to do it. When we bought out first house that is what scared me the most second to the house payments. I realized that we where the landlords and if something broke we had to fix it ourselves. We now have a leak under our kitchen sink and I have to call a plumber it is the hose to the dishwasher. I cannot let it go until the weekend when my hubby can get to it. Hubby works two jobs and leaves at 6AM and does not come home until 10PM so I do not dare ask him to handle anything around the house. He is so tired. I do not drive and I am afraid to do something and making things worse. So I will be calling our favorite plumber. I say favorite because we lived in a house that was old and had old pipes and we called him a lot. This will be the second time I have to call him since living here. He is a nice guy and has always been there when we needed him.
@Fishmomma (11383)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Its to warm to turn on the heat. The rain was quite warm. The sun is out today and the sky is clear.
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• United States
4 Nov 08
I am cold now. I think I may turn the heater on now. Today it only got in the high 60's and it is down to 62 now. I am chilly but my hands are cold now it is hard to type when my hands are cold. Thanks for responding to my discussions
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
We don't have winter in my country... so houses do not have a furnace... but those who can afford it have airconditioning unit in the bedroom... we have one... but it has been more than year since we had it cleaned... i think i will just wait when my husband goes home for his vacation... since the airconditioning is too high for me to reach... and i do not want men to come to the apartment to clean it with only me and my daughter there... I just clean the filter from time to time... but i know that is not enough...
• United States
4 Nov 08
I cannot imagine living in an area without winter. We live in an area that has some seasons but not really big differences like some places. We have mild winters compared to some places. We do not get snow we do get some frost and a lot of fog in the winter. We get the heat in the summer but not humid like some places. I am sure you have much higher humidity then we have. Thanks for your response