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  1. Ouch! That sounds like WAY too much work. It...

    Ouch! That sounds like WAY too much work. It takes a special star shaped allen key to get that damned plastic cap off. Plus, what happens if you accidently drop a solder ball in a bad place so...
  2. The gas valve is (was) just a standard SmartValve...

    The gas valve is (was) just a standard SmartValve 1. The control board is a little "oddballish", but it's honeywell (406650, or something like that). Even if you can't find it, the only thing...
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    I bet that if you put a thermometer in the...

    I bet that if you put a thermometer in the register when the furnace is blowing "cold" air, you will find that it's actually pretty close to 65
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    I'm sure that there are many furnaces where the...

    I'm sure that there are many furnaces where the high limit simply cuts the power to the gas valve. So that the inducer will run, hsi will glow, but no gas.

    But by the time the HO went to the...
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    Dude, we're not messing with you. If you have...

    Dude, we're not messing with you.

    If you have HVAC experience, then you should know, just like the rest of us, that a dirty filter should not cause a situation where the HSI glows, but the gas...
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    There really is NO explanation here. A dirty...

    There really is NO explanation here.

    A dirty filter may make the furnace cycle on limit. But it should not affect the gas valve powering up.
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    You moved into a new house that had been...

    You moved into a new house that had been abandoned for some time.

    There was air in the gas line.

    By an amazing coincidence, when the tech showed up, all the air was out, and the furnace fired...
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    New furnaces do stink during their first FEW...

    New furnaces do stink during their first FEW firings.

    One time, we installed a new furnace. Fired it up, and the oil set off a smoke alarm. The lady called the police on us.

    Furnaces will...
  9. Very interesting. I've never had to do that...

    Very interesting. I've never had to do that before. But it would sort of explain why the problem only happens during the morning.

    Sometimes I wonder if beenthere's even a human being.
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    Have your tech yank the motor and take it to a...

    Have your tech yank the motor and take it to a store that deals specifically with electronic blower motors. In my area, "kirby risk" is one such store, but I'm not sure if that is a national chain. ...
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    To answer your question, Give me a perfectly...

    To answer your question,

    Give me a perfectly clean, brand new filter, and a spec of dust, and I can show you a furnace that, despite only having a single spec of dust on a brand new filter, will...
  12. What Delta-T says makes mountains of sense. It...

    What Delta-T says makes mountains of sense.

    It is time for a new furnace:)

    But don't give up amigo. Looking at your original post, maybe when the furnace is cool, the metal housing contracts...
  13. Do you have any pictures of how the pipes look...

    Do you have any pictures of how the pipes look outside?

    If water gets pooled inside of a combustion pipe, it will obviously lose its effectiveness.

    If the combustion pipe is sucking in flue...
  14. Hmm...this really is a head scratcher. In my...

    Hmm...this really is a head scratcher. In my experience, a furnace starved for combustion air will be yellow...

    Now you're making me feel bad, making it apparent how little I know about the...
  15. A lot of the sooted up furnaces I've seen were...

    A lot of the sooted up furnaces I've seen were caused by high gas pressure. Sometimes by the gas company, sometimes by the regulator in the gas valve. Unfortunately, both of those causes can lead...
  16. Yep, a cracked heat exchanger can cause the...

    Yep, a cracked heat exchanger can cause the pressure switch not to close. But I wouldn't be TOO worried about that. Those manufacturers don't give bazillion year warranties on them because they...
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    sure does sound like a possible thermostat issue,...

    sure does sound like a possible thermostat issue, doesn't it?
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    Lol. I guess you could have your contractor...

    Lol.

    I guess you could have your contractor wire in some lightbulbs to the elements.

    We've been thinking of a way to wire in a meter that will calculate, based on price/kwhr how much the...
  19. I'm trying to figure out what you're saying is...

    I'm trying to figure out what you're saying is wrong with the drain system. Are you saying the evaporator coil and furnace condensation can't share a common drain? Or are you saying there's...
  20. Typically, 90% furnaces have condensate pipes...

    Typically, 90% furnaces have condensate pipes coming out of the secondary heat exchanger and somewhere near the inducer. Usually, those pipes go to some sort of trap, and then out the furnace.

    I...
  21. the detrickulated discombobulation chamber was a...

    the detrickulated discombobulation chamber was a (attempt at a) joke, the broken inducer blower wheel seems a genuine possibility
  22. ...yeah, they'll know what to do, and it'll...

    ...yeah, they'll know what to do, and it'll involve a substantial increase to your bill;).

    But if the only thing wrong with the draft inducer is that the wheel is shot, then you might be able to...
  23. Discombobulation chamber's been detrickulized. ...

    Discombobulation chamber's been detrickulized.

    Seen it happen all the time.

    I've also seen the little plastic fan blade on those inducers fall apart in certain areas. Leads to some funny...
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    Something just sounds odd about this company. ...

    Something just sounds odd about this company.

    Granted, I wasn't there. I don't know anything.

    But I wouldn't die of a shock attack if I learned that the leak was at where the TXV was soldered....
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    The HO was curious why he didn't get a full...

    The HO was curious why he didn't get a full refund.
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