It happened two days in a row and the temps were in high teens and low twenty’s –
cold for this far south – seven miles to the border of S.C.
The thermostat went blank – the furnace quit –
and we immediately dug out the two electric liquid heaters we kept from back north.
We had these for heat back north and we are going to use them in the lanai when we enclose it.
That will become a four-season room – 11 x 12.
So -when this happened we plugged them in and they kept a constant 65 degrees temperature in the entire house!
We are still under warranty and we called in – they had someone there within three hours both times.
At first, he could not find anything – and ran diagnostics –
there was a blown fuse on the unit up over the garage –
this is what cut the low voltage current to the thermostat.
Once he replaced that – he tried to get it to burn the fuse out again – nothing!
At that time we had been having lights flicker the past two weeks –
this was because of the ice storm and the little snowstorm.
So we thought that was the problem and he suggested we contact the electric company
and have a surge protector installed.
Then the next day it happened again!
No lights had flickered!
We called it in again and he showed up again within two hours!
This time while he was there – he replaced the fuse and it started – then it popped the fuse –
It was the unit outside that when it started -it had a vibration –
so he opened it up and found a wire that moved and rubbed against a spacer –
causing it to short out!
It only happened at certain times and he was there when it happened!
Everything was replaced – the wire tightened – so it does not vibrate – and we are fine.
ALL COVERED UNDER WARRANTY!
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