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#1312273 --- 12/18/11 07:34 AM Furnace problems..any ideas?
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Blowing out cold air for about 20-30 minutes then gets warm..that was yesterday..now it won't come out hot at all and will only get up to 63..any suggestions and someone to call?..THANK YOU!!!
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#1312277 --- 12/18/11 07:48 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: *Sparkey*]
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Interstate Heating and cooling. They repaired my old furnace until I finally got a new one installed. Professional quick service.
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#1312682 --- 12/20/11 08:25 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: *Sparkey*]
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Originally Posted By: *Sparkey*
Blowing out cold air for ...


if it has a standing pilot make sure it has not gone out

does this have an ignitor? (meaning no standing pilot)
ignitor needs to be cleaned or changed

if you have a high-efficient model that vents with PVC then check and make sure there is not anything blocking the outside vents (intake and exhuast)
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#1312777 --- 12/20/11 04:01 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: twocats]
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Interstate Heating and cooling. They repaired my old furnace until I finally got a new one installed. Professional quick service.


LMAO yes acll interstate they`ll stick up so far you have to get warm .beside they installed the thing .The problem was the way it was installed. Now our pour girl has to buy the motherboard herself. DO NOT trust Interstate with quality installations it won`t happen Hang in there Sparky.
Trust me I`m the Dr.
Heat is a coming
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#1312831 --- 12/20/11 07:00 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: twocats]
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Originally Posted By: twocats
They repaired my old furnace until I finally got a new one installed.


hope the total cost for repair & replace was below $3,000
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#1312859 --- 12/20/11 08:35 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Done she has heat cost was a gift. Interstate did not help had all kind of excuses and was only 5yrs old. Bottom line it`s working fine after replacing the control board which water had dripped on because of poor installation.
Merry Christmas Sparkey
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#1312877 --- 12/20/11 10:29 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: twocats
They repaired my old furnace until I finally got a new one installed.


hope the total cost for repair & replace was below $3,000


It was. Included removal too.


Edited by twocats (12/20/11 10:29 PM)
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#1312892 --- 12/21/11 05:15 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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Originally Posted By: 123
Done she has heat cost was a gift. Interstate did not help had all kind of excuses and was only 5yrs old. Bottom line it`s working fine after replacing the control board which water had dripped on because of poor installation.
Merry Christmas Sparkey


THANK YOU!!..I will be taking the damaged motherboard to them today..they will send it out to see if it was their fault or not..I'm sure it will NOT be their fault..LOL
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#1312932 --- 12/21/11 08:05 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: *Sparkey*]
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Originally Posted By: *Sparkey*
Bottom line it`s working fine after replacing the control board which water had dripped on because of poor installation.



the newer units need to be installed very level or this water issue will occur
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#1312962 --- 12/21/11 08:43 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: *Sparkey*
Bottom line it`s working fine after replacing the control board which water had dripped on because of poor installation.



the newer units need to be installed very level or this water issue will occur


whookee do.
Level wasn`t the problem. The hose clamp was not tighted to specs. Just glad I got the family heat before Christmas.
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#1312965 --- 12/21/11 08:50 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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The hose clamp was not tighted to specs.


water from the condesation pump would fry the motherboard
poor install
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#1313320 --- 12/22/11 04:01 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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The hose clamp was not tighted to specs.


water from the condesation pump would fry the motherboard
poor install



Just what I said. poor workman ship Haste makes waste oh well Sparkey and family have heat now.
I do hope Interstae makes it right with her.
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#1313416 --- 12/23/11 08:15 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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they may claim that the drain line was kinked or restricted after their install

should be covered by the warranty if it was recently installed
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#1313561 --- 12/23/11 07:41 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: *Sparkey*]
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Originally Posted By: *Sparkey*
Originally Posted By: 123
Done she has heat cost was a gift. Interstate did not help had all kind of excuses and was only 5yrs old. Bottom line it`s working fine after replacing the control board which water had dripped on because of poor installation.
Merry Christmas Sparkey


THANK YOU!!..I will be taking the damaged motherboard to them today..they will send it out to see if it was their fault or not..I'm sure it will NOT be their fault..LOL


I service a lot of heating stoves and if they send it out, you will not know the out come until you get the bill, look at your warranty and hold them to it!!!!!

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#1313563 --- 12/23/11 07:41 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: *Sparkey*]
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Originally Posted By: *Sparkey*
Originally Posted By: 123
Done she has heat cost was a gift. Interstate did not help had all kind of excuses and was only 5yrs old. Bottom line it`s working fine after replacing the control board which water had dripped on because of poor installation.
Merry Christmas Sparkey


THANK YOU!!..I will be taking the damaged motherboard to them today..they will send it out to see if it was their fault or not..I'm sure it will NOT be their fault..LOL


I service a lot of heating stoves and if they send it out, you will not know the out come until you get the bill, look at your warranty and hold them to it!!!!!

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#1313583 --- 12/23/11 10:12 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: MSmith]
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Bluezone they may claim that the drain line was kinked or restricted after their install.

They may but it wasn`t installed properly from the start.
Hose was never put on all the way onto the collar and clamp wan`t even tightend. Again "Haste Makes Waste" just to much in a hurry to check all work before closing the cabinet up.
If it was checked it wouldn`t of happened,period.
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#1313613 --- 12/24/11 08:15 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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Originally Posted By: 123
They may but it wasn`t installed properly from the start.


I agree

was a yearly inspection done on the unit?

it has been in service for 5 years
they may say that you never had them do a yearly inspection
or if someone else did the yearly inspection then the other person could have altered that clamp


it is good that you got their heat back on as the weather is colder

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#1315224 --- 01/03/12 09:06 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Now it`s acting up again. Thermostat might be at fault of little fingers playing around . Heats then wants to cool. It`s a centeral air furnace/airconditing unit. going to install a new control as that`s what she wants but it will be boxed in and locked the mood seems to change when I see it. Tiny fingers is my guess.
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#1315254 --- 01/03/12 12:22 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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has the thermostat been changed in the last 5 years?
does it use batteries?
the thermostat can be by-passed to see if it is acting up
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#1315255 --- 01/03/12 12:23 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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Now it`s acting up again. Heats then wants to cool.


does the a/c come on or just the burner goes off for a short time?
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#1315308 --- 01/03/12 03:25 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Nope fresh air limit switch is bad. Batts were replaced last week.
$24.00 replaced new switch
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#1315469 --- 01/04/12 08:38 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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make sure there is not a blockage in the fresh air supply - snow, leaves, childrens toys, debris blown around in the wind...

make sure you test the flame sensor, heat exchanger sensor and the pressure switch for the power vent as they are usually connected

do you think that was the original problem or was the main board also bad?

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#1315470 --- 01/04/12 08:39 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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Nope fresh air limit switch is bad.


sounds correct
check all seals
the flame color will usually change prior to the valve being closed for safety
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#1315471 --- 01/04/12 08:40 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone

if you have a high-efficient model that vents with PVC then check and make sure there is not anything blocking the outside vents (intake and exhuast)
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#1315634 --- 01/04/12 07:47 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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[quote=bluezone]make sure there is not a blockage in the fresh air supply - snow, leaves, childrens toys, debris blown around in the wind...

make sure you test the flame sensor, heat exchanger sensor and the pressure switch for the power vent as they are usually connected

do you think that was the original problem or was the main board also bad?

[/quotYes on mother board. It worked up till a few days ago then crazy things started to happen. The mother board had three fried diodes. But again there had been no maintaince on it at all
so it might have been avoided as for the board issue
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#1315721 --- 01/05/12 07:36 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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The mother board had three fried diodes.


not a good sign
is the new mother board a direct match to the old one?

how long are the intake and exhaust pvc piping?
how many elbows are on each one?
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#1315995 --- 01/05/12 09:31 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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The mother board had three fried diodes.


not a good sign
is the new mother board a direct match to the old one?

how long are the intake and exhaust pvc piping?
how many elbows are on each one?


OEM replacement, it`s all working again.Thank you
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#1316074 --- 01/06/12 10:43 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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it`s all working again.Thank you


good news

you may want to check to rest of the install if it was not done properly from the start

too long of run for the intake or exhuast or too many elbows will create problems with the vent motor/pressure and too much condensation
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#1318546 --- 01/17/12 08:47 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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Thank you


check for a seperate single fuse just before it is wired to the unit to keep the main circuit from getting damaged from any surges

best to have a spare electronic ignitor as they tend to fail when the stores are closed
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#1318598 --- 01/17/12 12:19 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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no it`s been working for 5 yrs but no maint was ever done.
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#1318779 --- 01/18/12 07:41 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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can't find a way to lessen up the cold, even turning the thermostat down it wont work. why?
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#1318788 --- 01/18/12 09:11 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: richard]
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can't find a way to lessen up the cold, even turning the thermostat down it wont work. why?


not sure what you are asking
need more details
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#1318819 --- 01/18/12 12:28 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: richard]
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can't find a way to lessen up the cold, even turning the thermostat down it wont work. why?



On crack??
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#1318967 --- 01/19/12 12:25 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: 123]
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my air conditioner just wont work .=(
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#1319047 --- 01/19/12 09:12 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: richard]
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what is the outside temperature?
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#1319357 --- 01/20/12 11:33 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Interstate installed my new furnace 6 yrs ago, when it rained it leaked around the piping they supposedly fixed it ha it still leaks. When it rains I have to keep a towel on top of my furnace to catch the rain drips.

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#1319380 --- 01/20/12 02:00 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: Creeper]
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When it rains I have to keep a towel on top of my furnace to catch the rain drips.


is this from the vent pipe?
is the vent pipe metal or pvc?
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#1496640 --- 03/16/17 09:23 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Originally Posted By: *Sparkey*
Blowing out cold air for ...


if it has a standing pilot make sure it has not gone out

does this have an ignitor? (meaning no standing pilot)
ignitor needs to be cleaned or changed

if you have a high-efficient model that vents with PVC then check and make sure there is not anything blocking the outside vents (intake and exhuast)


snow drifts may block the intake or exhaust pvc line
clear the snow away from either one
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#1496669 --- 03/16/17 01:58 PM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: Creeper]
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Originally Posted By: Creeper
Interstate installed my new furnace 6 yrs ago, when it rained it leaked around the piping they supposedly fixed it ha it still leaks. When it rains I have to keep a towel on top of my furnace to catch the rain drips.

Ventilation, roof flashing and pipe insulation and blow-back may also bring "leaks".

As BZ points outs, if there isn't proper 'flow-through' condensation inside duct/pipes, could be the culprit.

Interstate should be happy [willing] to check it out.
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#1497089 --- Today at 07:40 AM Re: Furnace problems..any ideas? [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: Creeper
When it rains I have to keep a towel on top of my furnace to catch the rain drips.


if rain is getting in then 'heated' air is leaking out causing higher heat bills

if the vent goes thru the roof then water is damaging the wood sections of your roof
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