What parts are good to keep on hand for a gas furnace? I have 2 Trane/
American Standard gas furnaces in the basement, about 7 years old. I
just replaced the pressure switches, and the ignitor on one of them
(went bad at 6 PM on New Year's Eve...). So today I am ordering a
spare ignitor, as it will fit either furnace and I DON'T want to pay
another $500 emergency call-out for such a simple part.
So what else should I keep on hand? I.e., what items have a fair-
chance of total failure, can be installed by a DIY-er, and aren't
extremely expensive? In my experience, pressure switches are pretty
inexpensive, but they can be cleaned / blown out, so you have time to
order a new one after they start going bad.
If you reply, I would greatly appreciate it if you could also respond
directly to my email address. Thanks in advance,
On Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:48:41 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
It is just not reasonable to cover all possibilities. I do
keep an old vent-less gas heater. I can hook it up in short order if
needed and it can provide enough emergency heat to prevent any serious
issues. If the gas goes out, I have a few electric heaters that can
do likewise therefore I would need both gas and electric to go out
before I would have a problem.
Let me know when you get up to the monkeys flying out of your butt (grin
here). There is only just so much you can do to prepare. You're ahead of 98%
of the US population, in terms of preparations. After a while, it's over
You'd have to have a pretty extreme climate to have the toilets freeze
in 24-48 hours after the furnace craps out.
For less than $100, you could buy 3-4 cheap electric heaters, which
should give you 12-24 hours (maybe more) of emergency heat.
To the OP, if you had 2 furnaces, than at least one was working at
6:00 PM on NYE. I guess you and I are really different people, but I
could tolerate cold in 1/2 my house for 36 hours if it meant paying
$500 for a holiday service call. Am I missing something here?
On Jan 2, 1:06 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Ignitor and flame sensor would be the two I'd stock. Had the same
experience as you the first winter I was in my new house; was willing
to pay to get it fixed right away as it went bad just as I was about
to go to bed one evening, but I couldn't get a single service guy to
even bother to come out (unless I had a service contract with the
company, *then* they'd send someone out.) It was cold enough that I
had the oven running and was also moving an electric oil-filled heater
between the upstairs and the basement because I was worried that the
pipes would freeze. Next morning I bought *TWO* ignitors (one to fix
it, one for stock) but have not bothered to get a flame sensor yet.
Probably should, as Murphy says that when it goes it will be at the
least opportune time.
On Jan 2, 12:06 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Ignitor, pressure switches, blower motor, motor capacitor, thermostat.
Control board if you can justify the cost.
Bear in mind that just the basics help.
Also note that an alternative heat source is really the key...and one
that will kick in automatically with you not being there.
I read this earlier today, but did not think much of it until about 2:30
this afternoon when I noticed it was getting a little chilly and went to
check the thermostat. Thermostat was calling for heat but the furnace
was off. It didn't take long to figure out I needed a new igniter. The
problem was locating one on a snowy Saturday afternoon. After calling
about 20 different companies, I finally located one about 30 minutes away.
I guess some of the smaller companies are still closed for the holidays.
Several said they were out of the part, I think that was code for - "If
you think I am going out in this weather you are nuts!" The prospect of
having to get all the way to Monday without a furnace was a little
scary. We do have a gas fire place, wood fire place, and an electric
heater, so we probably would have been fine. I came close to buying and
extra igniter today so that I would have an extra here if needed. I will
probably pick one up in a few years (along with a flame sensor)...
Does anyone have an idea of how long the igniter (glow type) usually
last? We have only lived in this house for 3 years and before that it
has always been electric heat?
I was just looking through receipts the other day so I can tell you at
least my experiences. In my house the furnace was installed in 1994,
the ignitor was replaced in 2005, and then again by Yours Truly in 2007.
Those are the only receipts that I have for furnace work. I'm a bit
surprised that the one ignitor apparently lasted less than two years; I
wonder if it was damaged before install and/or left up against a piece
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Interesting, but I can buy *two* regular ignitors for my furnace for far
less than one of those... and I bet by the time I go through two more
ignitors, it'll be time for a new furnace again (it's already 15 years
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
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