So, the last thing we needed for Easter dinner was heat. As you know, we've been living in one room in this house in the basement for over two years now. We have electric baseboard heat in that room. But we will have natural gas heat for the house, when it is finished. And in the long run, we'll probably heat with wood to save even more money, since we have about 25 acres of trees, that always seem to be falling over! We have also been using an electric water heater. Gas is much cheaper than electric in our part of the world. And if we needed to heat the upstairs for Easter, we needed to get the gas turned on. So we made an appointment with the gas company to come out here.
The gas company got here and checked our water heater and furnace for leaks. Nothing leaked!
But the water heater would not run at all. We could not figure it why it would not work. Dave read and re-read the instruction manual, and called the company that makes the equipment. And...ummmm....he knew more than the people at the other end of the phone when he called! Not bragging, just fact. Come to find out, the water heater had a wrong part on it from the factory!
And the furnace...even the gas company was perplexed. The only thing they could figure out with the furnace was that maybe the company, or Dave, dropped a nut or bolt into the heater motor while working on it because when they turned it on there was a small noise that sounded kind of like a quarter tumbling in the dryer, when you don't empty the pockets first! The furnace would turn on, but it would not stay on. So the gas company could not turn on the gas.
After much talking I said, "Show me what you are talking about instead of telling me. You never know, sometimes you show me stuff and it's the simplest thing that has been overlooked."
So we went in the "maintenance room" and he proceeded to explain stuff to me.
Like, did you know that you can only have so many "points" when you are venting a gas water heater or gas furnace. And points are calculated by the length of the PVC pipe, and the bends in the PVC pipe. So this bend coming out of the furnace is worth "X" amount of points.
Easter at our house!