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  1. #1
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    cheap landlord, hacker and high hydro bill

    Long time no post, but this should be a fun one...


    Girlfriend moves to rental townhome. (previous tenants evicted) Utility hits her up for an obscene security deposit for electricity. When queried on the deposit, the utility answers that the deposit is based on the usage history of the unit and head's up... the electric bill goes to 300/month in the winter. Uh? The place has a gas furnace. It's heated with gas. Utility answers: yup and gas furnaces use electricity too.



    Wtf? Normal bill for this place is about 100/month at about 17cents total (juice and delivery) kw/h.

    Furnace (4 year old goodman 80) gets turned on for the first time last week and all is well for the first 15 min. Then it starts: burner shuts down, wait 20 seconds, inducer fan spools back up, burner lights for a few seconds, circulation fan kicks on and everything shuts down. Then inducer fan spools up.... repeat repeat repeat.

    Landlord sends flunky handyman who twiddles with the anticipator on the old manual t-stat.. yep! there's yer problem, thermostat is set wrong. All good now! What about the led flashing trouble codes? No big deal, they all do that, see ya! (furnace doesn't act up while he's there).

    Fast forward to last night, furnace starts acting up after g/f tries to bump the temp in the townhouse about 5 degrees. Calls landlord, tears a strip off him and apparantly the pros are on the way today.

    Here's the question... assuming the previous tenants were unaware; could a furnace (fan, with all of that good starting current) cycling over and over and over and over add about 200/month to a hydro bill? Or did the previous idiots have a grow op in the place?

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    Maybe they got tired of the landlord not having it fixed right(he might of not fixed it because they were behind on rent). And used portable electric space heaters. Which could easily run the bill up like that.
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    one could only hope the furnace control bosrd would shut that thing down after several attempts as described in a short time frame
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Maybe they got tired of the landlord not having it fixed right(he might of not fixed it because they were behind on rent). And used portable electric space heaters. Which could easily run the bill up like that.


    In any event, let's see what happens when the furnace is repaired properly. Remember, there are laws to protect tennants against inoperative and malfunctioning heating systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandyme View Post
    one could only hope the furnace control bosrd would shut that thing down after several attempts as described in a short time frame

    That's the weird part.... no lockout. And I thought it was going off on high limit, which it was NOT. The trouble code that was flashing was along the lines of "too many failed attempts", but it just kept cycling cycling cycling


    A Pro actually did show up, laughed when he saw what it was doing, and took about 45 min to diagnose and give the furnace a once over. Temporary fix tonight, the cycle happens every 5 minutes instead of every 30 seconds and the real repair is tomorrow.

    Tech knows of the landlord and commented on his tightness. Then he asked the g/f if she wanted a nice new thermostat. Sure! I'm not paying!

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