From: Stormin Mormon on
Maybe the folks who build them would prefer that only the trained techs work
on them?

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"Donna Ohl, Grady Volunteer Coordinator" <donna.ohl(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote in
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On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 01:51:35 -0500, Stormin Mormon wrote:
> She said the small fan wasn't running.

Only in the beginning. Now both fans run continuously but the flame goes
out, likely because of a limit being reached.

Tomorrow the repairman arrives.

I'm amazed, on the entire net, I can't find a single photographic
description of how to maintain an Amana Air Command 80 gas-fired home
closet furnace.

This is shocking for home repairees.

Donna


From: Donna Ohl, Grady Volunteer Coordinator on
On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 13:51:31 -0500, Stormin Mormon wrote:
> Maybe the folks who build them would prefer that only
> the trained techs work on them?

Well, the guy called yesterday and said a client cancelled and ended up
coming over 1 day early.

He fiddled with a paper clip in the combustion motor orifice but that
didn't solve anything. He looked about, here and there, and decided
something was wrong but he knew not what. He cleaned the flame sensor but
that didn't change anything.

He said basically what everyone here said. There is something wrong with
the flow of air because the furnace is shutting itself off. He said we'd
have to pay 400 for his son to come back and clean out the "condenser
coils". I was aghast that he was guessing what the problem was and that his
son was doing the work but he said he was qualified. So, I paid the $100
visit fee and 25% of the cleaning fee as what could I do (you all said we
have to bring over the tech folks).

My new question ... Is this a normal thing where the problem isn't obvious
so you start cleaning? It seems so based on the prior responses here but
I'd like to doublecheck, especially since four days takehome pay (for me)
are riding on this.

Thanks for your advice,
Donna
From: Donna Ohl, Grady Volunteer Coordinator on
On Sat, 26 Jan 2008 18:14:04 -0500, Bubba wrote:
> One way to find a good company is:
> Look in the phone book for who distributes your brand furnace.

I did, I did! I called Amana many times - they are the ones who referred me
to the repairman who showed up at my house. What else would you recommend
other than an Amana-recommended repairman. I don't get it.

Here's what I did ..

First I called the Amana number in the maintenance manual (pretty crappy
manual, I might add) at 800-843-0304. They were closed so a day later I
called again but they referred me to 888-842-2440, which turned out not to
handle furnaces (the Amana personnel didn't know the difference between a
furnace and an air conditioner).

Finally, they referred me to 877-337-3636 which did handle Amana forced-air
furnaces.

That third number provided me, based on my zip code, three possible
repairpeople. I called the first one they gave me and he's the one who came
by.

Are you saying we should not go to the ones Amana recommends?
From: Donna Ohl, Grady Volunteer Coordinator on
On Sun, 27 Jan 2008 09:21:18 -0500, Bubba wrote:
> Then call that company and ask what they charge to come out or if they
> charge flat rate or hourly.

I called another company, as you advised, and they came out this morning.
They said they'd charge $80 to come out and that would be put toward parts.
They too were not sure what the problem was, but here is verbatim what they
wrote on the sales slip afterward.

Can you help decode this for me? The furnace is working but I think only
because he changed a setting on one of the motors.

Here's what he wrote ...

Found PSC Motor Running slow and High Limit kicking out
& re-setting either bad motor or dirty coil.
More than likely coil.
Motor is not hot to touch.
$80
From: Rod Speed on
Donna Ohl, Grady Volunteer Coordinator <donna.ohl(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Jan 2008 09:21:18 -0500, Bubba wrote:
>> Then call that company and ask what they charge to come out or if
>> they charge flat rate or hourly.
>
> I called another company, as you advised, and they came out this
> morning. They said they'd charge $80 to come out and that would be
> put toward parts. They too were not sure what the problem was, but
> here is verbatim what they wrote on the sales slip afterward.
>
> Can you help decode this for me? The furnace is working but I think
> only because he changed a setting on one of the motors.
>
> Here's what he wrote ...

> Found PSC Motor Running slow and High Limit kicking out & re-setting

The PSC motor is running slower than it should be and the limit is tripping.

> either bad motor or dirty coil.

Thats what he thinks is the most likely cause of the above.

> More than likely coil.

That should be obvious.

> Motor is not hot to touch.

So its unlikely to be a bad motor.

> $80