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Old 01-19-2012, 08:23 AM   #41
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Sounds like a bad Fan/Limit switch to me. This device (used on older equipment) serves 2 purposes. First, it prevents the fan from coming on before the heat exchanger heats up sufficiently so as to prevent cold air from coming out of the vents. It also keeps the fan running after the furnace cycles off until the airstream temps drop to a certain degree.

Secondly, it also serves to prevent an overheating condition by cycling the furnace off if the temperature in the airstream gets too hot. As old as it is, it could be worn out (i.e. cycling the heat off too quickly and not cutting off the fan after the furnace cycles off).
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #42
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The service call cost a total of $233.22 (which includes $2.50 +$0.22tax) for a filter. They charge $98 per hr. Much of the cost involved travel time. Anyhow, they told us upfront re: the travel time and costs and we were OK with it.
Well, that's an eye opener. That will prepare me for next time I need something like that -- I'm totally out of touch on those things.

I've been considering learning how to tune a piano, so that I can improve pianos at gigs. I thought I'd get a free or cheap piano on Craigslist to practice on, but I found that the minimum to move one would be around $350. I'd expected $80.
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:16 PM   #43
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Well, that's an eye opener. That will prepare me for next time I need something like that -- I'm totally out of touch on those things.

I've been considering learning how to tune a piano, so that I can improve pianos at gigs. I thought I'd get a free or cheap piano on Craigslist to practice on, but I found that the minimum to move one would be around $350. I'd expected $80.
Well, it pays to shop around. We had a plumber who charged us $90 for travel time. Then, of course there are parts and labor. The bill was always $150-300. After a few years his work became shoddy and we eventually found another plumber who charges $25 travel time (and he comes from farther away than the first plumber) and this plumber's work is better and parts and labor are cheaper (fees are usually $60-150). So, if you ever need a referral for a plumber...

And, we have the heat up to 70 degrees right now. Might as well get our money's worth.
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So, the furnace is just humming along, actually it's humming too much. Well, it's more like squeaking. It seems like the front metal cover is a bit loose and it always has been (for at least for the last 42 years). The question is, if I want to keep the front cover from squeaking (it sort of moves around a little when the furnace is on) can I/should I use electrical tape to keep it in place? Use something else?

By the way, I know it may sound like we decided a long time ago to keep this furnace until it died. But, that was never the intent, we just never thought about it. We just never had any problems with it until last week and nobody ever said, "Wow, you need to get a new furnace." Never came up in any conversation--even at Super Bowl parties.

So, what's the best/safest way to keep the front metal cover from moving around?
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You could have kept that roll of duct tape.

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I went onto Craigslist to sell my practically brand-new, almost mint-condition, really nifty-looking pair of deferred gratification clamps. The deal included two-thirds of a roll of duct tape.
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You could have kept that roll of duct tape.
Talk about luck...I got it back (read below...but only if you really have no life at all. Guess this means you, NW-Bound).

Even though I did manage to sell the duct tape (along with the the clamps, the guy returned it all after one day and one night). Said his wife didn't really enjoy spooning at night with him wearing the clamps. Go figure. But, the duct tape roll is now down to a third of the original size.
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Hey, if we all have better things to do, we would not hang around this forum, would we?
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You can buy high temperature tape.
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Current FRA for early boomers is 66; your unit is 42 years of age. You still have 24 years left ...

Seriously, we had a gas boiler in our old home, that was over 40 years old when we replaced it (due to a small coil leak).

The replacement was smaller (in footprint) and much more efficient in cost.

Maybe it's time to replace/upgrade, regardless of the immediate "fix"...
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The service call cost a total of $233.22 (which includes $2.50 +$0.22tax) for a filter. They charge $98 per hr. Much of the cost involved travel time. Anyhow, they told us upfront re: the travel time and costs and we were OK with it.
$233 for a filter that lasted 42 years doesn't sound too bad?
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