Originally Posted by sammy37
Dang Doc! What exactly happened?
We'll never really know but that wood was so dry and brittle the firefighters spent 4 hours putting it out as it kept coming back. It could have been the flue pipe (I've seen burn marks on the rafters in homes where it has rested against the wood) or it could have been the motor or a wire or who knows.
All I know is I was renting that home (there for four months) and offered the HO my services up front in checking over the system and fixing it up, cleaning coils, patching air leaks, checking amperage, etc., in return for reduced rent for a few months and he declined, saying it was good enough as "it's worked fine all these years" and he couldn't afford to knock of rent. That system had been turned on in heating mode at night for two weeks prior but one night, after only about 20 minutes of it being on, it just went up in flames.
I sat and watched it burn for those four hours.