DIY on The Fly: Fixing Our Furnace

Scumbag Furnace

Do you like the new meme that I created? ;) I made this as a joke after a very chaotic day dealing with a broken furnace. Our furnace bit the dust at about 10 PM last night and starting pumping out cold air, much to my dismay. While I shivered underneath my Snuggie and lamented how much it would cost to replace the furnace, Jai started doing some research on how to repair it himself. He’s unbelievably clever at figuring out how things work and can troubleshoot everything from a computer to leaky plumbing; but I feared that this might be something too specialized for us to do it ourselves, especially since we have gas heat.

After some searching, Jai found this very helpful video:

Watching this gave Jai the confidence to go under our crawlspace and open up the furnace to see what he could find out. He saw that the hot surface ignitor had a crack in it, so he removed the part and went to a local plumbing supply store to buy a new one for $44. One hour later, the new hot surface ignitor is installed and we have heat once again! Oh, what a relief to be able to fix the problem so quickly and not have a huge bill to worry about. Jai is a genius! I wanted to share this video with you in case any of my readers are in a similar boat – it’s great information and saved us a packet of money!

Thanks to QuickMeme’s Meme Generator for helping me to create the masterpiece above. Hat photo credit goes to the unknown photographer who took the original “Scumbag Steve” photo. Furnace photo credit goes to Jai, who took this photo of our very own scumbag furnace while writing down part numbers!

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My name is Beeb Ashcroft, and I'm a longtime journalist, "Sweeper", and British expat living on the Oregon coast with my fiancé, Jai. Join me as I share my adventures winning big, interviewing celebrities, entertaining my wonderful family and friends, and living a fashionably frugal lifestyle.

18 thoughts on “DIY on The Fly: Fixing Our Furnace

  1. Wow that is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Now that we own our home, it is always nice to know people are out their helping others save money on home malfunctions:)

  2. It’s always such a great feeling when you figure these things out yourself and save a ton of money. I’m sure it would have easily been upwards or $250.00 to get the job done.

  3. I know I cringe when something has to be fixed. Our propane stove wasn’t igniting and the bill was $175 to fix it. It’s the labor charge that kills ya! That is awesome! Way to go! Love your pic. too!

  4. My hubby is pretty handy too and it makes life so much easier. He can take most things around here and at my parents house. It makes me feel a lot more comfortable knowing he can do most things in the house.

  5. that is awesome he fixed it so cheap! I just had my dryer fixed and it was $165 to replace a heating element. I don’t know what a heating element is or where to find it but I bet it was a $10 piece and easy to put in!

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  7. That is wonderful that you were able to get it fixed so cheaply. Our central heat has been down since October. :(

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