Hi there, first off I just want to clarify my situation. I don't want free advice unless you want to give it. I'm not doing the job myself and I don't want a price quote.
That said I do need some help! I'm a woman and have some questions. I am the type that totally understands that you don't want DYI'ers on here or people looking for quotes etc.
I am willing to pay you (authorized Trane xe80 specialist) to answer my questions if you feel like they go beyond what you typically answer here.
I am so sick of men in service feilds trying to screw me over it isn't funny! (not cutting you guys)Because of certain instances, mostly related to automobiles, I have now decided to become someone who does research and has a general understanding of how everthing I need work done on works. In all this, I can diagnose most issues on my cars, do most repairs myself, I have learned to do all car maintenence myself, change out water pumps, aternators, full on tune ups etc. I've helped both men and woman get there cars started on the side of roads. So I even use my knowledge to help others.
Ok, lets get to the furnace stuff enough about me. So like with the auto BS, I'm now expiriencing it with my Trane xe80 furnace. One, A.Hole told me my furnace was bad and I should get a new one, one quoted me 1000.00, so of course I started in on the research.
furnace started making noise the other day. it may seem a bit louder than normal but not sure. The furnace works just fine but, when it shuts off you hear this thumping noise, as the cage is spining to its stop. The thumping gradually gets slower and sower and then stops when the cage stops. While the furnace is running it is vibrating, which it did not do before.
I want to be totally knowledgeabe when the repair guy comes so he doesn't screw me.
My questions are:
1. Do you think from my description, its my blower motor or the cage being off balance? or could there be a dead rat in it spinning around:0!
2. If its the cage can it be repaired? How does it become off balance?
3. What would cause a 7 year old furnace to do this?
4. Final question, my filters are 2, set at an angle above the blower, they are metal, cleanable. I took them out to clean them not paying attention on how they were installed. One side of the filter is different from the other. There is an arrow pointing and says airflow. Should that arrow be pointing towards the ground or ceiling? Its a downdraft furnace. My guess was pointing up since the furnace sucks are from above pushes it down is that right?? or does it not mean where the air is coming from but, at which direction your air is flowing, which would then be arrow down towards the ground??
Any other info would be greatly appreciated. Like I said I'm willing to pay someone 20.00 for this advice, I don't want you to think I want it for free. If multiple people answer and you want it to go to your website just give me a way to pay it through paypal. Or if you have any questions on other topics I can offer you info or advice in exchange.
I wanted to take the panel off to view the bower area but a vent type pipe is going directly down the middle in front of the panel, is that normal?
Info I can provide to you is: car related and antique appraisals.
Thanks for your time, Sherrie