Making Glade Cottage Warm and Safe

Now that the weather is turning cool here in Maryland we knew it was time to get the propane furnace in the Cottage running again.

The propane heater in the Cottage is having issues also.
The propane heater in the Cottage is having issues also.

We called the one and only local plumber that will work on our Empire propane direct vent heater.  He cleaned the pilot very well and got the heater running. Wonderful — well worth his $120 visit.

The propane tanks for the house and the Cottage are situated on the down side of the Cottage.
The propane tanks for the house and the Cottage are situated on the down side of the Cottage.

Unfortunately the next time I went into the Cottage I smelled gas so I notified my propane supplier.

They sent out a technician who told us a few interesting things:

  1. Our tanks were at low levels, 20% and 10% respectively.  Since we’re on automatic delivery I also informed the company we needed a delivery.
  2. The flare on our new water heater needed to be replaced and all the fittings were loose. Those things were repaired by the technician.

    All the fittings needed to be tightened and the flare changed.
    All the fittings needed to be tightened and the flare changed.
  3. Finally, the “control” needs to be replaced on the propane furnace. The technician does not do this work so we called the plumber from earlier in the week to come and repair this.
The new Empire propane furnace looks exactly like the one we have.
The new Empire propane furnace looks exactly like the one we have.

We are also waiting on a price for a new blower for this unit and a quote on a new unit altogether.

I’m so glad all these issues came up before our new tenant moved in which is planned for today. I’m also glad the place didn’t blow up with all the gas leaks.

What’s scary to you?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Making Glade Cottage Warm and Safe”

  1. Well, I think you identified one of my big scares. Electrical issues can be scary, too. That water heater is new. I’m surprised by that it already has issues.

  2. WOW!!! that’s really scary! i was going to say, that water heater is so new i was surprised it had issues. were the fixes covered by warranty, or will you be looking into a refund from the installer? glad to hear it’s been resolved. very glad it all happened before she moved in!

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