Merry Christmas to each of you!

My furnace went out yesterday. I did’t notice it at first, but when I started seeing my breath, I fired up the kitchen wood stove, made dinner on it and slept downstairs to keep it stoked.

A broken thermal ignitor for a Rheem 90 plus
A broken thermal ignitor for a Rheem 90 plus

What happens with these thermal hot air ignitors is that they eventually burn through and no longer make a complete circuit. When this happens, the furnace pre ignition blower comes on, you’ll hear a click for the  ignitor but it never gets hot, so the gas valve only opens for a couple seconds, nothing ignites and then it shuts off.

broken ignitor
broken ignitor







If you look closely, you can see where the connection broke just next to the whitish area. I replaced this with a new one and also replaced one vacuum hose ($20.00 total) and now have heat again!

It might not seem like much, but I am thankful for heat and a good sturdy home. I have plenty to eat, my mother’s health has improved, and I am blessed with good friends!

May your Christmas be as Joyous!!!

Walt Fish





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