Our furnace stopped working last night. You could hear the kind of pre-ignition sequence start, but then it never actually clicked on. Finally, I dropped the thermostat so it wouldn’t keep making noise.
The furnace has to be over 25-years-old. We know that one day we will have to replace it, but we’re not rushing to do it if we don’t have to. Part of the problem is that the technologies are changing so rapidly, I’d rather wait to see what develops in the next few years.
Our plumber likes air/water heat pumps. I really don’t want to do that for a few reasons. First, if it gets REALLY cold, then that won’t heat the house (although we probably don’t get that cold around here). Second, the condenser will have to go outside, which means it will make noise that our neighbors can hear. Our plumber says it’s within the “norms,” but that doesn’t mean that it won’t bother people. I think that when you live in a village you need to do what you can to be a good neighbor, and that means not having things that are irritating to others, even if they are legal. Also, an outside condenser strikes me as something that would be a tempting target to passing drunks and teenagers…
I think something wood burning is the way to go. I like some of these new, pellet furnaces that have an automatic feed tube system. However, the pellets are apparently very sensitive to humidity and swell up and block the tubes, so I feel a bit insecure about that.
I’ve been researching a bit and see that there are several really interesting possibilities including furnaces that burn logs but have an autonomy of 24 to 48 hours. They don’t pollute or leave creosote behind, so they’re a very ecological and economical alternative.
Luckily we didn’t have to make that decision today. It seems that a small screw broke and kept a contact from touching. It was easily repaired, so we’re good for now. And, with luck, by the time we have to replace the darned thing we’ll have made more money and I will know what I want to buy!
Ciao for now.