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12 degrees, snow falling.......No HEAT!!! Balls
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12 degrees, snow falling.......No HEAT!!! Balls - February 16, 2015, 08:13 PM

I get home from work just as the snow was falling and the house is at 65 but the thermo is set at 70, hmmmm. Check the furnace and no pilot light and I'm getting a code 31 (vent line blockage or pressure valve failure). That narrows it down.

Called the home warranty company and they are working on finding someone to send out but nothing heard for 3 hours now. I've troubleshot and searched the interweb for suggestions but nothing gets it going.

At least I have electricity, space heaters and the internet. Guess the fam and I are gonna sleep close tonight.
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February 16, 2015, 08:19 PM

Damn, sorry to hear that. Wish I had some help to offer ya...
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Assuming its not really blocked and your draft inducer is working you can bypass the safety to get heat tonight.

How much vacuum is it pulling?


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Assuming its not really blocked and your draft inducer is working you can bypass the safety to get heat tonight.

How much vacuum is it pulling?
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..I have no idea what he said. I would be SOL.


Sounds like a good night to book a room at a hotel.



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February 16, 2015, 10:09 PM

I'm no hvac expert, but what the guy above said is correct. Below is a pic of the pressure switch on my furnace at home, and I have seen a lot of them look the same on other brands. Pull the hose off the furnace side and blow into it, you should hear a small click, if you don't or it doesn't work, take the 2 wires and twist them together so they make contact to open the switch in the circuit. The vent line code could be a roll out switch also, they are small, dime sized switches that have 2 wires going to them, do the same thing to them if the pressure switch doesn't work. Good luck.

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glad i have old school furnace and radiators....I keep hearing people complain about the HVAC/Heat pump systems...
And when I go outside...the shits are constantly on at my neighbors house....radiator heat for the win...


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February 16, 2015, 11:33 PM

I have backup propane and kerosene heaters. I have 20 gallons of kero and 4 20lbs caninsters of propane (along with a bunch of the mini camping ones). The new house hasn't lost power yet. But my old place seemed to lose it frequently. So having backups was necessary. I also have a generator but I prefer the kero and propane options for warmth.

Walmart sells both types... and fuel for both.


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glad i have old school furnace and radiators....I keep hearing people complain about the HVAC/Heat pump systems... And when I go outside...the shits are constantly on at my neighbors house....radiator heat for the win...
If your neighbors heat pumps are on in this temperature, they're going to love their $2000 replacement bill next spring.

They should be on full emergency heat at this temperature which doesn't run the outdoor pump.

Heat pumps are largely pointless below 20 degrees and running them only puts stress on the system.



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Hope you made it through okay. I was fixing a busted pipe in my neighbors home last night at 11PM.

Major damage as a result.
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If your neighbors heat pumps are on in this temperature, they're going to love their $2000 replacement bill next spring.

They should be on full emergency heat at this temperature which doesn't run the outdoor pump.

Heat pumps are largely pointless below 20 degrees and running them only puts stress on the system.
And expensive electric bill.


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Exact same thing happened to me sunday night, guy came out and said it was the pressure switch had gone bad. Waiting on a part and locked in the bedroom with a space heater that is keeping the room might toasty


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And expensive electric bill.
Don't you know it. I'm sitting here wincing every time my air handler kicks on, saying, "Well there goes another $2.50 to BGE."
I figure at this point I'm using $20 of electric a day in heating costs when I'm home with the thermo set to 71.

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Exact same thing happened to me sunday night, guy came out and said it was the pressure switch had gone bad. Waiting on a part and locked in the bedroom with a space heater that is keeping the room might toasty
Keep your water faucets on a trickle if the rest of the house isn't heated.
Burst pipes are no joke.



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Exact same thing happened to me sunday night, guy came out and said it was the pressure switch had gone bad. Waiting on a part and locked in the bedroom with a space heater that is keeping the room might toasty

No way I would let the rest of the house freeze, I'd have bypassed the switch.


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If your neighbors heat pumps are on in this temperature, they're going to love their $2000 replacement bill next spring.

They should be on full emergency heat at this temperature which doesn't run the outdoor pump.

Heat pumps are largely pointless below 20 degrees and running them only puts stress on the system.
My heat pump runs the outside unit in conjunction with the emergency heat.
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My heat pump runs the outside unit in conjunction with the emergency heat.
You must have one of the newer conjunction systems.

I appreciate what they and the hybrid co-gas systems have to offer, but still believe heat pumps offer less performance in either direction the loop is running than a dedicated unit for each.



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