Bees in a vent
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Bees in a vent (by JamesD [CO]) Sep 24, 2010 1:15 PM
       Bees in a vent (by BLUE [IL]) Sep 24, 2010 1:27 PM
       Bees in a vent (by Virden [OH]) Sep 24, 2010 6:14 PM

Bees in a vent (by JamesD [CO]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2010 1:15 PM

Went in yesterday to service a furnace in the Loft that we own on report that there is no hot water. Did regular checking but could not get it restarted. Had to call in a service - they replaced flame sensor and igniter combo and it fired up...

As a last check they visually inspected the vent lines from the w/h and discovered that a huge bees nest had completely blocked off the vent pipe - that was the reason the water heater kept cycling on and off until it burned out the vital components.

For the benefit of other folks reading: if your warter heater works intermitenttly for no apparent reason - check your air lines - both input and exhaust and be sure they are unobstructed. Sometimes it's the basic stuff...

Bees in a vent (by BLUE [IL]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2010 1:27 PM

Yep, had that happen Dec 23 two years ago. Luckily I checked as the unit was vacant. Frozen pipes but no burst.

Was a blocked exhaust. Good to have guys you can trust to come on Christmas Eve.

Bees in a vent (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2010 6:14 PM

I have freeze up with some 95 furnace but the inlet not the exhaust, so I do not cement the fittings at the top of the furnace - label them TEST with an arrow pointing to the furnace, lift the test inlet and away ya go for a few weeks of the big chill, add it back next rent cycle.

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