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Old 02-14-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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No heat......

It appears that with single digit temperatures that natural gas lines can freeze, or rather any water in the lines will freeze. No gas, no heat. Woke up it was 62 in the house and furnace was showing error message. I called the plumber but then noticed the gas company was down the street. They came up and verified, no pressure.
Here I thought I had back up heat with my gas fireplace in case of losing power, DUH, never crossed my mind that we could lose gas due to cold.
Anyway, there are 4 homes without heat on street and they will be digging up the entire street to try and bleed the lines, imagine having to work in minus wind chills. Plus other storm is going to hit tonite, snow, ice.
We may have to go out and turn on the furnace in BlackJack in the yard and sleep there....
Tucson is looking better everyday.....
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:11 AM   #2
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Jim, the gas to our house was off for a few days a couple of years ago due to a cross country pipeline problem and we use gas for hot water and heat. In Tucson heat didn't matter and we could have used portable electric heat but hot showers are something else so we used the Escape shower until it was fixed.
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:37 AM   #3
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Hi Jim- hope you are staying warm! Our power was out in November after a devastating windstorm and we we were without electricity for eight days. Luckily we had a gas fireplace for heat and our campstove for cooking and heating water. I don't envy you without gas!

Our problems were minimal compared to the four houses on our street that had ponderosas crash onto the roof. Luckily no one was hurt but one home is a total loss and is being demolished.

Best wishes!
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:30 AM   #4
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-10 here and our pipes where frozen at least we have heat.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:03 AM   #5
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They dug up the street and ran heated water thru the line to melt the ice, then they ran air to dry the line, installed a new dry meter as my old one was iced over. Low pressure gas and water do not mix. Supposedly they are upgrading the system to hi pressure lines which would prevent this from happening.
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:06 PM   #6
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20- this morning and frozen pipes. But the good old wood stove keeps us warm.
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:29 PM   #7
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Now I can empathize with those who have had their propane regulator freeze.....
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:30 PM   #8
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What depth is the gas line buried? I'd think it must be pretty shallow for the line to freeze underground.

The condensate drain on my natural gas furnace froze a few years ago in a multi-day single digit temp never above freezing few days (unusual around my parts) shutting down the system. I cut into the drain in the attic and installed a temp 1/2" polyethylene drip tubing drain running into the laundry room sink to get the system back up and running.
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omg ...sorry to read you have such problems . It is all about the depth of the lines - after all it is not unusual to have temps 10 degrees colder even then your - 23-24 c ( -10f ) , have never heard of a gas line freezing up here . Hope it is quickly resolved for you all .
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