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HELP, heater not working

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posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 09:10 AM
We have central heat and it is barely working. It has been running for hours and barely keeps the house at 64'F.

Any ideas on what may be wrong?

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 09:48 AM
Oh no! it sounds like the furnace is not coming on. Only the fan is running. You need a thermo couple probably. Available at your local home depot

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:02 AM
reply to post by Voyager1

Thanks Voyager!

Is there anyway that I can tell?

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:15 AM
Check the pump is running correctly for the system and if the system may need "bleeding" of air.

The pump should be "in-line" and near to the boiler.

If the boiler is not lit or is burning on a low flame...better get an engineer (or knowledgeable neighbour) to have a tinker with it ASAP.

Have a great xmas and keep warm.

ps...exactly what type of heating do you have? Advice and links can be posted if I can help more.

[edit on 24/12/2009 by nerbot]

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:16 AM
You can just about be certain that is the problem. If you feel cool air blowing out the vents the furnace is not coming on. If its all electric it might be different though. For gas its probably a thermo couple.

Its a neat little copper gadget that is heated up by the pilot light to a certain temp then it allows the gas to flow to the furnace. Or it could be the igniter.

[edit on 24-12-2009 by Voyager1]

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:19 AM
reply to post by Voyager1

It is blowing cool air! But it is electric.
it took this long to creep up to 67.

[edit on 24-12-2009 by nixie_nox]

[edit on 24-12-2009 by nixie_nox]

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:32 AM
I hope you get it fixed soon.

I had a tough night with no heat- something wrong, so until the repair man got here, i turned the oven on and left the door open.

I took a big pan and boiled water for does make a difference.

If you have to, hang around the kitchen until help arrives.

We're all set now. I hope you are too!

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:32 AM
reply to post by dgtempe

thank you tempe.

What ended up being the problem?

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:34 AM
reply to post by nixie_nox

It might be something similar to one of these critters then if its all electric.

You might have to call the repair guy.

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 12:20 PM
Is it baseboard electric heat or do you have an actual furnace or do you have a boiler?

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 01:18 PM
It sounds like you have a forced air electric furnace.
Have you checked the fuses for the heating panels ?

If it's a gas furnace look to see if the pilot light is burning.

If it's a boiler, again check for a pilot light or a fuse for the pump.

Open the main panel on the furnace and there should be an instruction sheet on the inside of the panel with directions for a restart.

This might also help:

Good luck.

Edit: I always have trouble with bbcode.......

[edit on 24/12/2009 by anxietydisorder]

posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 01:57 PM

Originally posted by anxietydisorder
If it's a boiler, again check for a pilot light or a fuse for the pump.

If its a boiler chances are if the pilot isn't lighting it could also be a faulty ground wire or a bad ignitor.
Good advice with checking the power.Alot of the time it is something as simple as a fuse.

If its an electric style then your on your own Nixie...I have no experience with those.

Merry Christmas guys!!

posted on Dec, 25 2009 @ 04:13 PM
Please nixie, tell us how it turned out.

If you're sitting in the cold and freezing your ass off you can camp at my place.

posted on Dec, 27 2009 @ 12:41 PM
ir u can just get a convector heater,theyr cheap,the electric bill is also cheap,and the heat the room alot,they keep the temperature and stuff.
i have two of these monsters,theyr my baabyyyes^^

posted on Dec, 27 2009 @ 01:29 PM
Sorry, I know everyone has been asking. It heats but it just runs a lot. Air is still coolish. Good thing we keep teh house on 65 or it would be running all day. I have spoken to my repair guy(husband) and he doesn't seem too concerned. He can take the brunt when the bill comes in.

If anything comes up, I will keep you guys updated.

Once again, thanks to everyone for all the advice and help.

posted on Dec, 28 2009 @ 02:44 PM
One more piece of advice...get some space heaters and put them in storage. So, if you ever have the problem again, you can cart them out and at least get some sleep, until you can have it fixed....

posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 01:10 PM
Ok, the universe must be ending because my husband and I had this arguement:

Him: stop putting the heat on 65.
Me: why?
Him: it is too freaking cold in here.
Me: What????
Him: leave it on 67.
Me: but I am too hot.
HIM: it is freezing, stop turning it down.
Me: but I love sleeping when it is cold in the house, and 67 is too warm.
HIM: then stop turning on the dang heating pad on the bed.
ME: but that is the perfect way to sleep.
HIM: your weird
ME: but I like it cold in the house, toasty in the bed.
HIM: your weird
HIM Again: it takes 4 hours for it to warm to 67 in the morning. It wastes more energy to keep it on 65 and turn it up then it does to keep it on 67.
ME: It should not take that long to warm up, something is wrong with it.
HIM: that is normal.
ME: I don't think that is normal.
HIM: It has always been that way.
ME: OK whatever, shrug and wanders off wondering how for once he could be cold and I am not.

So there you have it. He thinks it is normal.

posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 01:18 PM
reply to post by Gazrok

We do have a pretty decent space heater that I use in the bathroom. Can't stand stepping into a cold bathroom out of the shower.

posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 01:20 PM
Did you check that the filter doesn't need changing?

posted on Jan, 5 2010 @ 07:36 AM
So do you think something is wrong for it to take four hours to warm up or are some heat pumps like that.

I will add that it has beenunusually frigid lately.

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