Coleman Evcon EB17B electric furnace - filters & door
Asked Nov 24, 2009, 05:16 AM
My furnace is around 11 years old and works great, it's built into the bottom of a framed space in the utility room with a large vent above it. Just cleaned it out today, along with all the floor ducts in the house. Vacuumed and dusted the unit itself and installed 2 fresh filters in the slots at the top of the metal frame, which is always done regularly, but I just found a thick plastic mesh type filter way up above them that I had never seen before. It was beyond filthy with sawdust from a remodeling done here recently so I took it outside to hose it off and it's a lot better, but is stained and very faded in places. Can it be soaked and washed out with soap or should it just be replaced?
Also, I think that the top of the door should fit flush into the wood framing, but I can't put it back that way. There's now a 1" gap above the door and cold air blows out of it when the furnace is running. The top front of the metal frame has a lip which a lip on the back of the door hooks onto, and that's the only way it goes together for me. My late husband always had trouble closing it too, and I can't spend $100 just to get a serviceman here to fool with the door. Am attaching a picture of the top corner of the credibility gap. Can someone please tell me if there should be that much space between the top of the door and the framing? If not, how can I fix it, or will it hurt anything to leave it alone?
Thanks for your time, and any help you can give me. Please have a great day, and Happy Holidays!