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Now I need help with my furnace....ARGH!!

WTF?!?!?!? My week is just going great.

I've had intermittent problems with my heat/furnace for the past week. Again my uncle came out and looked at it...he has all the tools to diagnose that too...and he tool a few pieces apart and everything is fine. I had a friend look at it too...and he said it sounds like water. The furnace tried to ignite it just doesn't...well not every time. The gas company came out too and all that is fine as well.

So I'm 99% sure it's my vent...and it needs cleaning. This happened about 2 years ago..and I somehow got some water accumulation in my vent, there was also some bird nesting he pulled out. I live in a condo....so I have to take care of this myself.

Anywho...I called the guy who cleaned it out 2 years ago but I haven't heard back from him....so instead of just calling someone in the phone book I wanted to check here and see if anyone did this as their job, on the side...and/or knew anyone that they could recommend before I called someone.

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post #5 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-26-2007, 10:09 PM
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blocked vent is probably getting condensation from the gases that normally flow out there. wire that up once you clean it out so the birds can't get back in it

as far as not starting, since you live in a condo, try taking your thermostat to a neighbor and make sure it works on their unit to rule out it's not a bad switch

I don't suppose you have a meter at your place so you can check at the furnace to see if it's getting 24v from the thermostat

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Have you tried turning the power on an off going to it? I have a light switch that kills the power to my furnace. Last winter the furnace did not work, and I turned the switch on and off. It worked again, and I was told it was an igniter switch going bad. But it was so cold, he said to let it go, and see that happened in 0 degree and up weather. It has been fine so far.
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Use leaf blower to blow the vent.
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ummm not the best idea in the world. soot is gonna be blowing a mess out somewhere and if there's blockage, all of it is going to be on the inside of her condo. pay the $$ and get a furnace guy to vacuum and inspect it
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Pay the $$ and get a furnace guy to vacuum and inspect it
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Change it from "SUCK" to "BLOW" and try the leaf blower.

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Change it from "SUCK" to "BLOW" and try the leaf blower.
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associations are responsable for the top of the vent to make sure it is not obstucted...i had to call our people to get mine cleared out cause mine was not working correctly either...as far as the tubing, yea, its your own resposability...u might even be able to use a chimney clearer to clear it out...see if they might be able to do it...

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blocked vent is probably getting condensation from the gases that normally flow out there. wire that up once you clean it out so the birds can't get back in it

as far as not starting, since you live in a condo, try taking your thermostat to a neighbor and make sure it works on their unit to rule out it's not a bad switch

I don't suppose you have a meter at your place so you can check at the furnace to see if it's getting 24v from the thermostat
I'm thinking it's condensation/birds.

No idea about the meter...this is me your talking to here

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Have you tried turning the power on an off going to it? I have a light switch that kills the power to my furnace. Last winter the furnace did not work, and I turned the switch on and off. It worked again, and I was told it was an igniter switch going bad. But it was so cold, he said to let it go, and see that happened in 0 degree and up weather. It has been fine so far.
Yep, I've turned the power off and it's doing the same thing.

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associations are responsable for the top of the vent to make sure it is not obstucted...i had to call our people to get mine cleared out cause mine was not working correctly either...as far as the tubing, yea, its your own resposability...u might even be able to use a chimney clearer to clear it out...see if they might be able to do it...

I didn't pay anything 2 years ago when this happened...so I'm hoping it's the same thing....plus we (our building) now run our own association..soooooooooo

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can we break the heat in your car to?


It was hot in my house on Sunday wasn't it...and the heat was never on. But the oven was all day for all that damn food.

See....if anyone ever wants to ride with me in MY car...then you have to deal with my heat.....I have to freeze in everyone elses car...so now it's your turn

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It was hot in my house on Sunday wasn't it...and the heat was never on. But the oven was all day for all that damn food.

See....if anyone ever wants to ride with me in MY car...then you have to deal with my heat.....I have to freeze in everyone elses car...so now it's your turn
Ken you have known her long enough by now... PLAN AHEAD!!! When I know I'm going out with her and staying the night at her house, I make sure I'm wearing lighter clothes so I don't sweat to death.
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It is now a suana in my house again

I ended up calling a local company cuz it was FREEZING in my house on Wednesday...they come out yesterday and pulled out about 4 feet of birds nesting from my vent on the outside...I also had some water in there cuz the pipe wasn't supported correctly to allow it to drain.

So they fixed it all....and hopefully it shouldn't happen again

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great, now i cant come over all winter.

dont be surprised if it breaks again. wasnt me

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did anybody install any mesh to stop the birds from getting in there and doing it all over again?
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great, now i cant come over all winter.

dont be surprised if it breaks again. wasnt me
Damnit Ken, I'm going to beat your ass!!!!

My heat is not working again!!


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That sucks!

Do you still have access to the horizontal section of the vent stack?
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Shelly-- I understand you are having issues with birds nests etc... DID they indeed screen off the flue? If so did they clean/brush down the flue? Do you have a newer furnace? Is your water heater flue also tied into your furnace flue?

Reason i am asking is because you can do a quick draw check on your water heater by lighting a candle and blowing it out at the base of the water heater flue to see if the fire is drawn up and the smoke is drawn up as well. If its a quick drawing stack effect you should be good.

NOW--- Some and or most all newer furnaces have an airflow "sensor-switch". If it doesnt sense good draw it will not allow the furnace to fire. You said you had some water / condensate and its possible your draft air flow switch could be faulty or kinda plugged now. Have someone check that for ya....

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Do you still have access to the horizontal section of the vent stack?
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Shelly-- I understand you are having issues with birds nests etc... DID they indeed screen off the flue? If so did they clean/brush down the flue? Do you have a newer furnace? Is your water heater flue also tied into your furnace flue?

Reason i am asking is because you can do a quick draw check on your water heater by lighting a candle and blowing it out at the base of the water heater flue to see if the fire is drawn up and the smoke is drawn up as well. If its a quick drawing stack effect you should be good.

NOW--- Some and or most all newer furnaces have an airflow "sensor-switch". If it doesnt sense good draw it will not allow the furnace to fire. You said you had some water / condensate and its possible your draft air flow switch could be faulty or kinda plugged now. Have someone check that for ya....
Well now it's going on this morning...WTF!!! It wouldn't even ignite last night...but my water heater is electric and furnace is gas...so can I really still test that?

And yes they said they fixed the outside so birds couldn't get back in...we(the building) are going to get some covers to put on all of them (since we run our own association).

My furnace is about 2.5 years old...and they said it's a condensating furnace so the water has to drain somewhere...well I see a bit of water on my floor which was never there before.

They should be back out in a bit.

And I'm sick...so I really need my damn heat!!

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