Monday, October 29, 2007


Well we had an interesting weekend. On Friday it seemed like the house was too cold. DH turned up the furnace on Saturday and nothing happened!!! This wasn't good as it was getting chilly outside - there were a few snow flakes in the air. We thought our thermostat was broken and that it was stuck at 17 C. We have been wanting a new digital thermostat anyway as it saves a ton of money to have it programmed to go down at night and when we're away and to warm up when we're there.

Well we replaced the thermostat without any problems and then we attempted to turn it up and for a few moments it would run and then stop....sheesh! Finally when DH got back from Church he called the people who put the furnace in when we bought the house and his first question was did we have any open containers of liquid fabric softener in the laundry room(same room as our furnace)...he didn't think so. The repairman was confident that this was our problem - from what we described, kicking in about once an hour and then trying to run and shutting off and this keeps repeating and the house doesn't warm up.

Thankfully the repairman told us how to fix it. We had to turn the power off to the furnace and clean the heat sensor off.

DH didn't know but last week I did spill fabric softener on the floor in the laundry room - this did cause our problem but because it wasn't cold outside we didn't realize the furnace wasn't running properly.

So if you have a newer furnace with an electronic ignition don't keep opened bottles of fabric softener in the same room - the vapors in it are strongly attracted to the heat sensor of the furnace like a magnet and then a fine coating gets on the sensor and it can't tell if it needs to run so the furnace will try to kick in and after a few attempts of it not knowing if it's needed will shut off and try again in an hour.

Now the house is warm and cozy and I don't have to wake up and run to the thermostat to heat the house up as it's already warm when I wake up at night...these digital thermometers are great!


  1. Wow, that is definitely a new one me. Talk about learning something new everyday. That was pretty nice of them to tell you how to fix it to save money on a service call.

  2. Not sure if I should gloat that it's in the low 70's here today and beautiful (I wore flip flops to work), or be jealous that you have seen snow already!