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Old 08-08-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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that "new furnace" syndrome

Hi, all,

This forum is sooo useful! Here's another example:

We've owned our Escape now for a little over a month. We've been taking SittEscape out regularly on weekend outings. This past weekend, we wanted to get an "early" start kayaking on the lake so we set our alarm for 7 AM. With the windows open all night, it was an exhilarating 55 as we were awakened. Unperturbed, I leaned over and switched on the as-yet unused furnace, just to take the morning chill off. Within five minutes, it was warming up nicely when, suddenly, the smoke alarm roused us thoroughly and completely. Fortunately, I was able to grab the alarm unit and remove the battery quickly, before waking neighbors. There clearly was no smoke, let alone any fire.

Once we were again relaxed over a cup of coffee, I wondered what happened, and vaguely recalled something on the Forum. I confirmed my suspicions when I uncovered Sandra L's journey in her Suite Escape back in June of 09. Here's an excerpt from Sandra's posting:

From Sandra L: The next morning however was rather inauspicious: since it was cold (for me), I turned on the gas furnace for the first time. The fumes from the new heater (not gas) set off the smoke alarm and Wolf freaked out. I couldn't get the alarm to quit, even with the fan on, so I removed the battery. Then every time I tried to re connect it it would screech!!! Of course that upset him even further. I later learned that it will screech briefly upon battery replacement (something Tammy had told me but I had forgotten).

Sandra, a big thank you to you for your detailed trip report! It's a good reminder to us newbies burn off those new furnace fumes, with the smoke alarm removed or disconnected, before using your furnace for the first time.

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