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  1. #1
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    Why home warranty companies are BAD!

    Thought of sharing:
    When buying this home was offered a 5 year home warranty with a very low service charge / call. With seller providing 50% of upfront cost. Anyways took it.

    My preferred HVAC guy was unavailable and suddenly found HVAC blowing air but no heat. Decided to with the warranty company who promptly sent a guy who fixed it in 15 min and left.

    As I troll this site a lot and learn a lot from it after few days I decided to open up the panel and take a look. I found wires jumper together and I suspected there has been a bypass. I took photos and sent to my HVAC guy who immediately confirmed that the other guy bypassed my rollover / roll-something switch which is a serious safety hazard. He walked me via Facetime and I took of this switch went to Grainger and bought a new one and installed it under his supervision. He told me to carefully watch the flame upon HVAC starting for about 30 odd minutes. (I trust him - didn't want to go in depth why). If always blue and I don't notice ANYTHING odd then good -otherwise IMMEDIATELY shut down the unit and wait for his return...thankfully all was blue and nothing hinky.

    Lesson learnt: they will bypass / hack and leave. That switch apparently has a significant role in ensuring safety.

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    Does the new one say 'L180-30' or L200-40 or something like that on it, and did the old one also have that on it? Is it still tripping on the r/o switch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makeitcold View Post
    Does the new one say 'L180-30' or L200-40 or something like that on it, and did the old one also have that on it? Is it still tripping on the r/o switch?
    Most likely not.

    What you wrote would be found on the high limit, not the roll out!!

    Roll out is a manual reset, single temp device.
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    Ah yes round shiny thing, grainger said its a roll-out switch fixed temp with manual reset. Apparantly there are those that can auto re-set. My unit takes the manual one.

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