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Dear Auntie (furnace issues)


I don't know if there is any help for me on this issue. I could swear that when I moved into this house that I was told I did not need to use a furnace filter in this furnace.

Then about 6 1/2 years ago, my friend's husband flipped out that I had no furnace filter and he put one in. He cut it out of something he had in his truck. He said all furnaces need filters!

Over time I forgot all about it and then after it had been in for 5 years, there were a couple mobile home fires here caused by dirty furnace filters. I freaked out! I took that furnace filter out of there, and it was dirty.

Then last summer, I had the furnace and air conditioner inspected. I thought it was time I do that since buckeyesue and Queeny do it so often. The furnace guy said I needed a furnace filter!! He said that was why Hobbes' hair was in the air conditioner. He put one it. It was a pleated filter, so I bought some more pleated filters. I bought MERV 8 because I read that you don't want too high of a number and that was in the middle. I bought the size he told me to buy.

Well, I couldn't put it in. It was too thick and I cut my fingers trying and I also could barely get the furnace door shut. I finally started taping it in but the door was still so tight I feared the plastic thing that holds the door on was going to break.

One day, while I was driving through the park, I saw our old maintenance man and I asked him what to do. He said that these furnaces were not made for pleated filters. He had worked on my furnace years ago. He said to just put in a thin fiberglass filter. He said if I used a pleated one it would make the life of my furnace shorter.

So I bought fiberglass filters. I still have problems putting them in. I still cut my fingers. The lip around them is razor sharp. Also that wire thingy is barely wide enough to go under the lip to hold it in and sometimes when I just pick up the door to put it back on the furnace the whole thing just falls apart and I have to start over.

I need advice. Tape no longer works, since the filter is thinner. Once the door is closed, it slides down using tape.

I also never find cat hair in there, only dust.

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Re: Dear Auntie Who (furnace issues)


=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505586218&sr=8-1&keywords=Naturalaire+furnace+filters]THIS looks like what my friend's husband put in!


That size might work, too. It is two inches wider than mine, but if I didn't have to bother with that wire thing it would probably take 2 inches wider.

The length is 5 inches longer but I could easily go that much longer.

I don't think I could wash that thing, though. At least not in the winter.

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first of all Susan, sorry, but I am not going to be very helpful as we don`t have "furnaces" here,, but I can understand that most every "machine/instrument" that takes in air, needs some sort of cleaning or filtering.

I see that on my computer driver, and the air filter thingy we have over our cooker hob.

so it makes sense that your furnace , if having that vent needs a filter..

which one is your question I think..

we have our dining room (extension) floor halfway up cos it had dropped, and Jim took the floorboards up and could not understand why some of the wood had rotted, despite, as he thought an air filter built in,

but when he got to look at the filter. (brick) it had got half way coated up with sort of dust... so there is so much dust, and cat hairs!! that I can believe that your furnace air vents, needs filters and could get clotted (?) up with cat hairs... perhaps the heat had sort of melted the hairs, to reduce them to dust, hence you couldn`t see any?

Hope someone can come here and sort this out.

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ps. I like this forum!

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I think I like this forum, too, Nanny.

What do you heat your house with?

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we have a gas fired boiler. get it maintained annually.

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After reading that you were still having problems with the thinner pleated one I was going to link you to that type of frame less filters. They can be hard to cut, but it is doable.
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OUR filter is no were near our heat exchange unit. It is actually half outside, and half under the house. Our Filter fits into a fresh air intake in the ceiling of our hallway. It sucks all the house air up into and through that filer and through the return duct into the machines. Which then either heat or cool it and sends it back through the ducting in the floors.

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I am ready to forget the filter altogether. This doesn't seem to be something I can do. I is frustrating. I need to figure out a way to fasten the ones I have in there.

That blue one just may fit, though.

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Can you maybe wear thin leather or canvas garden gloves when working with it so as to not cut yourself?

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I can, but it won't make that wire thing stay in any better. It is too narrow. It only catches in two places. I really thought the tape was going to work, but it doesn't stay stuck. I am thinking of running wires vertically through those openings, but I need to figure out an efficient way to do that. I may need heavier wire than I have and make it like a safety pin, opening at the bottom on each side.

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Susa, I have no advice about your filter.

[sign in to see URL] you not have your furnace system checked periodically? We have our furnace/AC system checked twice a year. They would put in a new filter for us then, too, although I think we would have to supply the filter or pay extra for the filter if they would put it in. We just change it ourselves, though. If you have your system checked periodically, perhaps they could install the filter for you if it is that difficult.

We had a new furnace/AC unit installed a year ago (or was it two years [sign in to see URL]'d have to go down to the basement to check).

We are on a service agreement plan for $164 per year. For that they check it twice a year, before air conditioning season and before heating season. Also, we would be put at the top of the list if our furnace or air conditioner goes out and we need an emergency repair. I think we also get a discount on parts and labor since we are on the service agreement plan.

We think the $164 per year is well worth it.
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I do not have my furnace checked even every year. I do it more like every other year.

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I do not have my furnace checked even every year. I do it more like every other year.


I can't [sign in to see URL] you have air conditioning, too?

What kind of fuel does your furnace use?

I don't know all of the specifics, but I think our furnace and AC are somehow connected with each other. I think they use the same air flow system??? And, the same filter???



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Yes. I have air conditioning. My furnace is propane. My air conditioning and furnace are connected.

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[sign in to see URL] basically have the same type of contract. Ours comes out 3 times a [sign in to see URL] we are put first in line, etc. We do have to buy our filters, because they are not the standard [sign in to see URL] are huge and thick! *I was buying them from the company. But I found the same ones cheaper on Amazon! emoticon

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Susa, if you know your furnace model number you can probably search online for the correct filters, if any are needed, and find instructions for installation. Most appliances have the instruction book on the web so you could find the filter part number, if one is needed, and every one I have ever seen needs a filter.

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I am going to try that blue filter. I have tried to find my furnace online, but have been unsuccessful.

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I put in that blue filter this past week and it was easy to do! I didn't have to use that wire thing to hold it in because it fit edge to edge under the lip and the door closed without causing strain on the thing that latches the door.

My next question is about cost. It was $14 and is washable. It is supposed to be washed in warm water, but I don't want stuff to go down the drain. I am planning to change the filter ever 3 months, since in 3 months I first saw an accumulation of some dirt. It was not a lot, so I think every 3 months will be OK. Anyway, if I throw the filter out every 3 months, is $14 a lot to spend? I have thought that I could accumulate them and take them to the outside faucet each summer, but that is not warm water.

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I don't think $14 every three months is to high.
That is only $[sign in to see URL] a month! Pretty cheap...

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Thank you. I think I will just throw them away.

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OHhhhhhh! I love your avatar and siggy! emoticon

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Thank you! As you can see, I am in the Christmas mood.

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Yes you are! And I love it! It's making me smile... emoticon

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