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    Kelly Red wrote:


    dryfly wrote:


    Karlsson wrote:


    Furnace fan stopped blowing last Friday. Called in Centerpoint and they diagnosed the issue as a bad board. They put in a new one, but then our Nest thermostat wouldn’t work. No longer getting power. Guy thought maybe the board he brought was faulty as well, because it was giving him error codes even with his jumper equipment.

    They came back today, board this time is fine, but the Nest still wouldn’t work. I have up and agreed to a different thermostat. They hook it up, test all functions, everything works. We could again turn on the heat, fan, and AC from the thermostat they put in.

    Then they leave, and the AC won’t come on. Furnace and fan work fine, no AC. Obviously it isn’t needed right now, but I’m still pissed. Time to get on the phone with them for the umpteenth time in the last week.


    And people wonder why I have a completely analog 1960s furnace… blower motor separate from furnace (with a rubber v belt no less). I put in a new thermostat to control it (two actually so as to do a crude zonal control but only run one at a time)… but that is as modern as I am going for now … all of it my mechanic and I understand. Super simple. Not the most efficient but not terrible so long as I clean the heat exchanger surfaces occasionally. That and the blower squirrel cage.

    Problem is my mechanic is older than me. If he goes before I do I am going to have to train in a new one. Not sure how that’s gonna work.

    :lol: Ours is a late 1920’s monster truck in the basement! It’s massive. Every time we have it cleaned and checked the guys say the same thing, “that will run for another century with proper care”. Even my cousins husband who was in the heating and cooling business in N. MN said, leave it in place, you’ll never get better operation. We have radiator heat so the “savings and efficiency” of a new furnace is a mote point, we’re only going to get a nominal increase in efficiency but we’re not willing to give up the ease of care. No computer boards, no control panel, moving parts I can count on one hand, basically nothing to break down.


    That’s great – mine is new compared to yours. Not exactly sure how old but guessing it was put in after ‘the war’ … meaning WWII of course. We moved in around 1984 and it looked really old then so guessing it was put in the 1950s? There was a coal shoot that was walled off so guessing the first furnace was coal. When gas became available they probably made the switch then.

    It also had a cistern that was collapsing so we filled it in. Old houses are crazy.

    But yes I agree – not going to fix what isn’t broken.