Old  December 18th, 2008, 4:35pm     #1
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Gas Furnace Question
If my electricity goes off, does my gas furnace work? I'm thinking the fan is electic. No?
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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 4:39pm     #2
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Your correct, it will not work because the heater's fan is hooked into the electric.
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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 4:46pm     #3
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Correct- no power, no furnace.
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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 4:52pm     #4
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Your thermostat is hooked up to electricity, probably reduced to 12 volts. No power to the thermostat means the furnace doesn't know it is supposed to turn on. The pump (if water) and the fan (if air) will not work without power.

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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 4:58pm     #5
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Urgh! We had a power blip this morning that made me think about that. Supposed to have negative lows and single highs in the next week. Brrrr if the electricity goes off!
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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 5:04pm     #6
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No furnace, but if you have a gas hot water heater, you will still have hot water. We've been through that a few ice storms and a hurricane.
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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 5:24pm     #7
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Just went through that the other day the winds knocked out power, no heat, I was glad they got it back on 1 1/2 hours ahead of schedule as our house had dropped to 49≥ and the basement was starting to flood, it was fantastic to hear that annoying sump pump!
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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 9:09pm     #8
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You can however buy a generator that will supply electricity to run a gas furnace. It takes very little juice to run it.

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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 9:35pm     #9
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If you have electronic ignition-no power no heat
If you have what is called a standing pilot on the furnace- which is on permanantly, the furnace will stay lit. My old floor furnace was great because it ran no matter what...then i went to work for a fuel company and updated my system... Elecronic ignition...No power..no heat. Put in a fireplace with standing pilot so now we have at least some heat when the power goes out in storms.

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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 9:40pm     #10
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If you have what is called a standing pilot on the furnace- which is on permanantly, the furnace will stay lit. My old floor furnace was great because it ran no matter what...then i went to work for a fuel company and updated my system... Elecronic ignition...No power..no heat. Put in a fireplace with standing pilot so now we have at least some heat when the power goes out in storms.
It will not do you any good if you have a power fan in the heater. It will still require electricity to run the fan. But your pilot will be lit.

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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 9:43pm     #11
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I worry about that too.
I can just get in bed under the covers, but what do I do about my plants?
I have a couple of palm trees that nearly touch the ceiling, and others i'm attached to.
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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 9:50pm     #12
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I worry about that too.
I can just get in bed under the covers, but what do I do about my plants?
I have a couple of palm trees that nearly touch the ceiling, and others i'm attached to.
50 degrees is the normal temp. for a lot of indoor/tropical plants but they can stand lower temps for a couple of days. As long as they do not freeze. I have a generator to run my furnace, a huge fireplace and two kerosene heaters for dire emergencies.

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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 10:10pm     #13
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2 years ago when the "ice storm of the century" came through- our power at our house was out for a week; but the neighbors had power, my husband ran an extension cord (with permission- of course) from their house to our furnace & used the electricity to light the pilot, so we had heat- no lights, but we were toasty warm; we love those neighbors....... Stock up on the candles

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  Old  December 18th, 2008, 11:07pm     #14
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When we had a heavy snow storm in October, I was without power for about 9 hours, but my floor furnace did come on. the only thing that didn't work was the fan during the outage, but it heated my home. But. . . my daughter has a gas furnace, an upright one in the hall of her home, and when she has a power outage, hers will not come on. It must make a difference on the type.

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