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Furnace Fix Update – Draft Inducer Motor Replaced

February 8th, 2009 3 comments

As a follow up to my previous post regarding fixing my furnace, the draft inducer motor part arrived quickly, but I waited a few days since the weather was hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit when it arrived. And, I didn’t want to risk a screw up and possibly living without heat for a night.

Since it was 55 degrees out on Saturday, I took care of the replacement. Pretty simple, the only scary part was the thought of losing one of the sheet metal screws into the depths of the furnace. Here’s a photo of the final result (note the new style cooling fan).

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Draft Inducer Motor Money-Saving Furnace Fix

February 2nd, 2009 11 comments

FYI see the update to this post here. The gas furnace in my house is only 7 years old. A couple weeks ago, it started singing to me. Normally a baritone, the furnace decided to expand into the tenor vocal range. Then a certain pain was evident in its song until I finally translated it as “help me . . . help me . . . help me.”

Sure, I could call the number on the side of the furnace and get charged for premium weekend service, but I decided to dive right in and see if I could fix this myself. After all, how hard could it be? I have the internet plus an awesome set of tools.

I started by simply removing the access panel and observing and listening. From there, I found several different manuals available for download via the web and pinned the noise down to the draft inducer motor. Apparently somewhat common, the sealed bearings were worn, causing the shaft to bind and cause the noisy squealing.

I called my friend Steve, who dropped by and we pulled the motor and put a temporary fix in place. We unsealed the bearings, cleaned them, and re-packed them with lithium grease and reassembled. Lo and behold, no more noise! I found the part online for less than $100 and will replace it when it arrives.

I can imagine a service call would have resulted in one charge, then the part would have been ordered and the next service call to install the new motor likely would have totaled over $500. draft inducer motor

The draft inducer motor is just behind the plastic cooling fan above.

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The part that is to be replaced is the motor (the black part) Carrier part number 318984-753.
I found it online at Shortys HVAC Supplies.

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Movie Fun Sunday . . . WALL-E

January 26th, 2009 1 comment

wall-e-logoA snowy Sunday afternoon in front of a blazing all natural gas fire included spending a couple hours with the Disney – Pixar movie Wall-E , delivered to my mailbox by via Netflix. Underlying themes include a love story between robots separated by 700 years plus a message of hope that humans, even though capable of trashing Earth, are a needed and vital part of its existence.

I prefer animated films that are light and fun, so Wall-E did not disappoint.  Excellent graphics and sound effects abound. Those sound effects have to carry the movie, since most of the “dialog” is robot beeps and squeaks among Wall-E and Eve. Other forms of communication include body language and facial expressions, which results in further engaging the audience.

Looking past the animated fun, some may see the film as a statement about the future of humans and the future of the earth. The earth is uninhabitable and humans have evolved into obese creatures fed a liquid diet, unable to walk on weakened bones caused by living in a near-gravity free environment.

I chose to put aside that part of the film and enjoy the more lighthearted aspects. I know the world has problems, I watch movies to get away from them for awhile! Wall-E is an excellent movie, just don’t think too hard about it.

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The day after this day: Carpet Cleaning

January 3rd, 2009 3 comments

Sad to say in my over 16 years of home ownership, I have only had the carpets cleaned once. In the first house I owned, the carpets were cleaned after I sold the house and moved out, in preparation for the new owners taking possession. The place I own now has not had the carpets cleaned since I moved in when construction was complete about 7 years ago. Starting tomorrow, that is changing.

I might claim the “how was I supposed to know?” excuse but truth be told I know carpet cleaning service is supposed to be performed about every 2 years. Why do I procrastinate so?Sears Carpet Cleaning

Sears Carpet Cleaning is arriving at my home at 8:00 am tomorrow and I’m well prepared. Most of my furniture is moved aside to non-carpeted areas so the job should be pretty easy. Best thing about this is that I’m using this event as motivation to take better care of my home. Generally I’m pretty good at keeping the house clean, but in the past few months I’ve let that chore rest. So here’s to motivation in 2009. Vacuuming every week, dusting, and keeping the furniture clean will do wonders. Right?

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