Geez, talk about insane weather. Milwaukee hit -35 degrees yesterday and the furnace wants to move to a better climate or something so I need some suggestions.
The temp in the house since this cold snap set in is staying at 62 dgrees and refusing to move any higher. I did a gig yesterday and wasn't able to get a look at the furnace until today. It's not good.
When I got home after the gig my better half told me the burners had been on all the time I was away. (Ouch!) The house temp was 61 degrees. (Yikes!) So I took the front panel off the furnace to check the burners which were running full blast.
There is a vent some idiot put the upper chamber after the unit was installed. I'm assuming they thought this was a good way to heat the basement. I keep the stupid thing closed. So I opened the vent to see if there was any hot air coming out of it.
No hot air at all. Just air heated a little above room temp. So I looked at the burners again. Now I can't remember since it's been a long time since I worked for a friend of mine who was a Mechnical Engineer/HAVC contractor if a burner will produce flame from the bottom of the burner in addition to the top.
Also there is a little bit of flame coming out of the places where the burner plate are clamped together. There is a tag plate were it is brown from either overheating or the flame blowing out of the burning chamber.
I was too tired to deal with this so I'm assuming that if something was really critially wrong with this the furnace safety shut off's would kick in so I went to bed and got some sleep.
It just looks wrong but I'm not sure. (Help here?)
Today I turned the unit off and removed the front panel and it was really dusty so I blew out all the dust with compressed air. As I was doing this I discovered another problem.
There was water in the bottom where the draft/flue motor and electronic module was located. The water looks to be coming from small leak along the screwed in plate that mates the condensing coil section to the bottom cabinet metal. (Double Ouch!)
Next I remove the PVC flue water drain pipe/filter??? (The guy I worked for use to have me do this for him.)
This is located outside the furnace at the bottom of the PVC pipe that goes outside and has a tube that runs to the basement drain and found this black sludge in it.
(Help? Is this a good or bad sign?)
I cleaned this out really good along with the tubing that goes to the drain and reinstalled it.
I know this is all means that the furnace I was thinking about replacing after the project studio was done is going to happen sooner rather than later. I'm leaning towards a full system replacement of either Rheem, Carrier or Trane.
What I really need to know is the condition of this furnace so bad that I should NOT wait until Monday to have someone come out and check it out. I lowered the temp setting to 60 degrees so that the burners and heat exchanger get a break. After I dropped the temp. setting everything seems to cycle normally.
So should I be more worried about this or can it wait till Monday.
Also does anyone know if the all in one units sold by Rheem that go outside the house can be used in the Milwaukee type of climate or should I just not bother looking at this option? It would solve some of the noise problems with the project studio in the basement.