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Four Gas Men vs. 1 Pilot Light Sensor

October 18, 2009

Ever since the gas company came to repair our furnace last week, it hasn’t worked properly. They replaced our thermostat and warned us that we’d need a new furnace sometime soon. But the heat has come sporadically.

When the Big Nugget put in the three big new windows on the front side of our house, the furnace would not kick back in. I kept watching the temperature on the new thermostat drop lower and lower. With nights in Minnesota in the low 30s, I was getting a bit worried that we would freeze along with all the water in our house, causing burst pipes and more.

We called the gas company on Tuesday, only to be told they couldn’t come out until Sunday. Today.

This morning at ten minutes to eight, the phone rang. The gas guy was on his way over. I checked the thermometer that I have in the bedroom. It was down to 61. Not too bad for a night in the mid-30s. But if he couldn’t fix it, it was going to be a long week, until we could get a new furnace installed.

He was here not more than 20 minutes when he discovered the filth on a sensor in the furnace. A sensor that told the pilot light when it should kick in.

A sensor that had been missed by the two guys who were here last week and the gas guy who performed the annual maintenance on our furnace in June.


And so the window replacement continues.

The Big Nugget has put in six new windows and has five more to go. Unfortunately 4 out of 5 of them are on the second floor.


I did all of my fun homework, but left myself all of the not fun homework for today.

Dang it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2009 12:42 pm

    When we had our windows replaced, I cleverly scheduled it for January. All the windows were out, I had a one year old inside and it was snowing. Awesome. At least our furnace worked, though. And I have never regretted doing those windows.

  2. October 18, 2009 2:40 pm

    Huh. You’d think that’d be one of the first things they’d check, the sensors. Thankfully it’s fixed now. You’d be far less funny if you were frozen to death.

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