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Old 03-01-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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I am not a happy man

Friday evening, a pipe broke just after the pressure tank, making my house dry. Fortunately, we always keep several gallons of water stored just for such an emergency. It cost me about $50 in supplies and tools to repair my plumbing last Saturday. But my water is great again.

Got home from work yesterday to falling temperatures in my house. My wife went to Wal mart and purchased a ceramic heat because the furnace quit working. It's an Olson Ultra Max high efficeincy gas furnace that has given me very little trouble over the last 20 years. There are two blowers on the furnace, one to take outside air and feed it into the combustion chamber, and then exhaust it outside. The other blower moves air through a heat exchanger and through the house. The first blower is the one that went bad. Price - should have been around $300 or so. But, the manufacturer that made the blower went our of business 10 years ago, and there are no compatible replacement blowers offered by Olson. The Furnace guy said my only option is to replace the furnace for $2400!

I'm going to get the part number of that blower and see if I can find one on Ebay, or anywhere else. I'll post it here, when I get it, just in case anyone has a spare, or a discarded furnace that might have that blower.

Wish me luck. $2400 is a very hard pill to swallow on my budget.

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Old 03-01-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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$2400 used to buy you air-conditioning installed by a contractor and then some, but the new SEER rating put into effect a few years ago really raised the price of appliances and such. It's hard to believe there's not a universal blower motor available though.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:48 AM   #3
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Good luck mate, try this it may help1987 duomatic olsen hi-efficiency ultramax furnace [Archive] - DoItYourself.com Community Forums if the link does not work just goolee the name of your unit and include forum I find cheap ways to fix most things that way
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:00 AM   #4
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Sorry - no help here, but much sympathy. Good luck with your search.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:41 AM   #5
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If it's a fan on the intake side then you can put something together quite easy. If it's a fan in the exhaust ducting you have to be a bit more careful due to heat ratings and possible leaks.

Draft fans for the intake are also fairly inexpensive.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:54 AM   #6
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Does the motor of the blower have a NEMA code and can you just replace the motor?
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:06 PM   #7
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Does the motor of the blower have a NEMA code and can you just replace the motor?
Thanks everyone, and to Bolas for the site address. My next move is to try and replace the inducer motor. But the unit is going to be difficult to disassemble as there are no screws or bolts holding anything together. but I'm a pretty creative guy, with an engineering background. Wish me luck.

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Old 03-02-2011, 01:15 PM   #8
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Good luck, GW. That is all I can give you 'cause this isn't my area of expertise. I am glad there are others who can help.
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Much luck to you, GW!
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:29 PM   #10
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GW, hope you are getting things straightened out. A Michigan winter is no place to be without a furnace, especially in the Soo. My heartfelt sympathies.
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