It is hooked up to a programmable thermostat which I installed many years ago, even before I started the blog in 2011.
It has always worked well keeping the Cottage warm enough to prevent frozen pipes.
Charlie diagnosed the issue and discovered that the pilot light was on and the burner fired up. However, the fan/blower which distributes the heat was not turning on.
After reading the “trouble shooting” list he fiddled with the fan blades which were moving easily in the housing. So he ruled out that the fan was jammed.
The next check was the switch that turns the fan on. He talked to a technician from a local company who told him to check the switch by lighting a match right near it:
- If you hear a click and blower comes on you know it’s the switch;
- If you don’t hear a click then it’s the switch; or
- If you hear a click but the fan/blower doesn’t come on then it’s the blower.
Our outcome was number 1 above so we ordered a new fan control switch (about $20) and were getting ready to switch it out when we discovered the burner may not be firing (the thermostat was set to 52 and the room temperature was 32).
More research needed.
Do you dabble in areas where you know nothing?