I've seen thermocouples last for the life of
the furnace. Failure could be due to what's
in the air mixing with the flame and corroding
the thermocouple. What color is the pilot flame?
If the thermocouple is cleaned with sandpaper,
it may start working again.
Did it ever occur to you that your heating unit has long passed the time
to update it? Its pay me now or pay me later situation. Any Gas fuel
system will pay for itself by going with the high efficiency units we
have been installing since the 1980's.
Yes, it has occurred to me. I live in New England and use heat quite a bit
and my boiler is five days old. You, however, had a bit of a smirk that
thermocouple units no longer exist. For better or worse, they do.
Not here in residential heat units. You cannot even purchase them.
Pilot lite are even being phased out on water heaters. The water heaters
that have pilots, have a flame so small that you can barely see it. As
for the smirk, you ass... I have been around long enough to convert coal
furnaces to fuel gas system. New trailer/mobile/modular homes cannot
even have a pilot furnace installed in them and those units are still
rated at 80% efficiency. Apparently they all come with electric water
heaters also. Evnthe big boiler systems we install for commercial are
electronically ignited and have a $thousand worth of safety devices..Low
water etc. Also the are capable of calling them on the phone and
changing settings or calling you in case of breakdown. Mr Pawlowski,
you have a safe, sane and hapy holiday season. Do what is best for your
PS Every state has federal money to update heating systems for those
that cannot afford to do it on their own. You can get that by calling
you State Heat assistance office or the local Community development
office. They will also repair your modern unit if required. There is
little paperwork for these needs and the service is usually
instantaneous. You can also get assistance with Heat bills up to $980 a
year depending on weather conditions and area.
OK, you've been around a long time, but that does not mean pilot lights so
not exist any more. I know they stopped making them a while back, buy
plenty of old boilers and furnaces are still around.
I used to live in Philadelphia. There were tens of thousands of homes with
pilot light heaters built in the 1940's to 1980. Some still have those
original heaters and still have thermocouples.
Sure, better technology exists, but it will be a couple of more decades
before they are gone.
I just spent $60,000 at work to have our two steam boilers updated with
controls. O2 sensors, modulating gas valves, etc. I can go to the boiler
from my office or my home PC at any time too. OUr gas bill runs about
$10,000 a month every months since it is process, not heating.
Last Monday I had a new oil boiler installed in my house. It will take a
while to get actual numbers, but I know it is already saving me money as it
runs less for the same heat. Big savings on hot water with an indirect
Check here to see what is available. http://www.dsireusa.org /
I can get 10 years at 0% interest and a $500 rebate
Water heaters... Can anyone tell me when the last thermocouple furnace
was allowed by International code to be installed in a residential home?
Also Can you find a furnace at Home Depot or Lowes that has a
thermocouple system? How about a legal Garage heater? Can you tell me
what year your Government mandated the manufacturers to dump pilot
systems and increase efficiency? Can anyone tell me what the fines are..
Or is it a sliding scale of $25,000.00 upward. Is it just a rumor that
the finders/Ratfink fee can be as much as $10,000? The original poster
had a 3 year old thermocouple go out on a 5 week old residential boiler.
What kind of a troll do you think that was. Or is that just another
failure of the education system.
On Thu, 25 Dec 2008 11:43:04 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Then upon further examination wouldnt it just be a whole lot simpler
to change your next one on Thanksgiving 3 yrs from now?
Let me lite a pilot, stick it on your ass and see how long you last.
Keep that pilot flame adjusted to minimum... That way there's just enough
heat to keep the Millevolts moving & just enough space for the soot to coat
the thing & cause premature failure. Maybe a stronger flame on the
thermocouple will extend it's life.??
Maybe buying a spare & testing the operational unit will keep you out of
trouble. Maybe a cross ref to a different mfgr???
Sand paper can keep them going, but the first failure/revival won't be the
p.s. Don hO.
Do you have a big call for national & statewide codebooks in SD?
Where are you finding them on line?
Most state codes are routed through a book store & what's on line doesn't
hold water until you purchase (& read) the entire text from the state
bookstore or their selected vendor...
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