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#1 farmer john OFFLINE  

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 08:13 AM

Hi all, hope your enjoying this cold weather more than me, firsy my skid steer gives me nothing but problems, then i get trapped in it, now i wake up cold my furnace is out, go look and its flashing trouble codes, no flame, i do not have a fireplace or stove so i run around and put 4 of thoses little micro furnaces out. i poke around the furnace, code is pressure switch open, thanks to internet look up causes one is blocked vent, i have a high effishincy furnace and the 3in pipe had ice all over it, gave it a few wacks and the furnace started pumping air, went down and checked it , we have flame "HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN" now for a nice hot coffee, so just a reminder in these bitterly cold days watch your vents, i have heard of drifting snow by the vents stopping your furnace also, bye all farmer john


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 08:31 AM

The local news station did a story about keeping your vents clear just yesterday.

Glad to hear you got it running.  And at no cost. :thumbs:


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 08:36 AM

Bet you are real happy, not needing a service call for one. Hope it warms things quickly!


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 09:18 AM

Hope your days are better seems like you have had some bad ones. Glad you got the furnace going. Around here that would have been a 100 dollar charge. Saved some money for the GT fund.


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 09:25 AM

No wood stove here too, watching the furnace, standby gennie and space heater is ready.

Stay warm.


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 09:48 AM

Glad that you got the furnace running. The good news is that the safety switch did it's job.
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Posted January 07, 2014 - 09:59 AM

I too have a High Efficency furnace and no fireplace. When I installed the furnace I ran the vent through the roof. I only have to check to make sure that there isn't snow encroaching on the top of it. I have to go over to my neighbors house at least a couple times a winter while he is gone and break the ice from his so it will continue to work. Quite a few years ago we had a local businessman and his wife pass away from Carbon Monoxide from a Bolier in their home that had a blocked vent from snow. It was high efficiency but was not manufactured with a safety for blocked vent.  Glad you got it fixed and you are getting warm again. Stay safe and maybe you could rig up an escape window for your darn skidsteer, like they have in RVs. At least you could get out. Hopefully winter will leave us soon........ya I know and maybe I'll get rich today..!!       Roger.


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 10:22 AM

You are right about all vents. The plumbing vent will ice over and cause the tub to burp when the toilet is flushed. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 11:32 AM

The news story I saw made it sound like venting a furnace through the roof or chimney has been against code for several years and you're now requiered to vent near ground level (where snow buildup would be more of a problem.) Is this really the case? What's the logic behind it?
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Posted January 07, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Glad you got the furnace back on with no service call.  Don't you love it when you can fix something and not have to pay someone else.  Hope it is getting nice and warm.


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Glad you got it fixed .This is a bad time for a furnace to go out!


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 04:33 PM

NOte to self, Stay away from FJ during the winter months.


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 06:34 PM

The news story I saw made it sound like venting a furnace through the roof or chimney has been against code for several years and you're now requiered to vent near ground level (where snow buildup would be more of a problem.) Is this really the case? What's the logic behind it?

High Efficiency furnaces have a much cooler exhaust. It's best to exit the cooler gases as soon as possible therefore out the side of the house is usually required by code. The cooler gases are not warm enough to rise as fast through a chimney.


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