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Old 01-04-2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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ok, my gas furnace has an electric thermostat setup that kicks it on when the temp drops below setting. problem is, we tend to lose power often where i live and therefore, we lose heat too. is there a way to override the electric thermostat-start setup manually in such an event? can this be done without fouling up the system's normal working order? thanks for any advice.

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Old 01-06-2006, 09:22 AM   #2
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I can't answer your question directly. But, I live in an area where our power goes out on somewhat a regular basis especially during the winter storms. In our neck of the woods when the power goes out you haven't got squat--no water(electric well pump) no heat, no lights, no cooking (electric range) not to mention meats stored in freezer. So, I can appreciate your frustration.
I had a standby generator with an automatic transfer switch installed. You can get them that run on propane or natural gas. Generac makes real nice self contained units that are very quiet. I think they start around $2500.00 depending on how much standby power you need. I have a 40kw which I've been told is overkill, but when the power goes out now, it's only out for about 15-20 sec. The generator automatically starts up and takes over until power is restored. It's a life saver and we can pretty much run anything in our house without any problem.

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Old 01-09-2006, 03:07 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks. I was really trying to avoid the cost of a generator, though. But, I appreciate the advice, nonetheless. I was really hoping that the pilot would stay lit and I could just disconnect the electric component of the unit. I may have to break down and get a generator. No power loss yet this winter....(knock on wood)
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Old 01-09-2006, 06:45 PM   #4
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Mike, you would probably need your blower on or you might overheat your heat exchanger. HS.
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