11:36PM | 10/17/05
Member Since: 03/20/04
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On the scale of DIY projects, from replacing a light bulb to re-building your entire house, how difficult is it to replace the thermostat?

Or, more specifically, to upgrade from an old metallic thermostat to a newer digital model? Will I have any interface problems? The furnace in my house is close to 25 years old, so will a new digital thermostat have any interfacing problems?

And is this the kind of thing that should be attempted on your own, or should I call a qualified electrician for this?


07:47AM | 10/19/05
Member Since: 03/20/04
14 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info, it was really helpful.

I think I got the thermostat installed, but I am pretty sure my pilot light is out. The problem is that it's an old Montgomery Ward furnace and I don't know where to light the pilot light.

I have the manual, and can follow the instructions on the ignition knob to allow gas into the thermocouple but I can't tell if or how the pilot likght gets lit. There's a small opening right under where the gas line connects with the termocouple, but I can't see any flames igniting there.

Where would the pilot light normally burn? I hate to get this far, then have to call in a professional, but it might have to happen.


08:08PM | 10/19/05
Member Since: 03/20/04
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Thank you so much for your help and advice... It works! Thanks to the links you posted, I was able to track down where the pilot light was supposed to be lit.

I do feel like a bit of a dope; the pilot light was behind a panel that didn't seem to be removable. It hadn't been removed in so long it wouldn't budge until I gave it a good whack, and then it worked just fine.

Thanks again for your advice! Not only did it make me (literally) warm, it also made me feel smart and competent for figuring it out!

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