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Old 10-06-2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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freestanding heater convert to electronic control


I have an older furnace (it's max 50,000 btu and sits in the middle of my loft) that i'd like to convert to automated control.. that i can schedule and so forth..

do i only need an electronic valve to replace the manual one and a digital controller or is there more complexity that i am unaware of?

also if anyone can give an educated guess on how much they think it would cost to move a gas line (to move the furnace to a different place in the room) would cost.. it would be about a 20 - 30 foot move.

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Do you have a wall mounted thermostat?

Costs on the services you ask of vary from location and state.

Better to look up a local contractor and inquire.

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:58 AM   #3
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Could you post a photo? What were you planning to do with the vent? Does the unit have 120v to it? If it doesnt, and is a radiant or infrared heater, its better left alone as far as making it automatic.


Hvaclover is right, there is no universal cost to running gas pipe.

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ok.. so here's the actual heater. it's in the middle of one of the walls of my apartment, i just finished cleaning it out and got to wondering how expensive it would be to switch to digital control... the second image is of the valve which is used to control the heater currently, all manual.. thanks again in advance. that stuff on the top is me in the process of replacing the blower fan.


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See the rod going to valve? That is your temp set. You will have to put in a new standing pilot valve and a run a wire to an inner wall to hang a programmable thermostat.

The wire would be an eye sore cause they are going to be out in the open unless you can find away to run them under the floor moulding.

Check you local contractor to see if he will even attempt it.
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so that really is all it is? just a new valve, power and a wire to a thermostat.. somehow i thought that would be much more complicated.. i don't have a problem running the wires.. i can just run it with all the other wires running across the baseboard (cable, satellite, ethernet, conduit for power).. it's a very "commercial" apt.....
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One last thing. How old is that Space heater? And where does it vent the burnt gas to? Does it vant thru the wall behind the furnace.

Have it checked for safety before you go any further.
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it vents into that duct coming out the back and the duct travels through my kitchen and finally the duct goes out of a piece of plywood above one of my kitchen windows ( i feel like there is some code violation there but i don't know what it is )..

i would say it's about 20 or 30 years old, what do you mean checked for safety? it seems to work just fine as a manual furnace.. i keep my various detectors by the furnace to make sure there aren't any evil gasses coming out.
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I am going to reserve my comments and let some other pro answer. Let's just say you are lucky to be here now.

Get that thing safety checked and moved closer to where it vents out.

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hah.. hvac guy is coming tomorrow to give it the once over and move it to somewhere else in the room and install an electronic valve....

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