So I got home after a 14 hour work day, expecting to be an exhausted woman. Then as I was coming down the docks in the dark and the wind, I started to feel that “fierce-warrior-goddessness” beginning to flow…I am NOT going to be beaten by a stupid heater. No way, no how.
Took off my work clothes, donned my grubbies, and headed into the engine room. Found the fuel filter immediately (and then the light bulb came on “Oh, that fuel filter…yeah, I changed that one last year. I remember now”). Ah-ha! I was in the laz last week checking out random boxes labeled “Paint,” some of which contained paint, some of which contained all manner of other things. One of which was filters. Racor R12T filters, no less.
Only took about 10 minutes start to finish. There was definitely some sludge in the bottom of the filter assembly, so clearly this needed to happen, whether or not it’s the primary issue. Primed the new filter and fired up the system. Heater is currently running smoothly and I am optimistically heading off to bed, fully expecting to find it operating in the morning. (Imagine my crushing disappointment if it isn’t…better yet, let’s not imagine that…)
Tana, Rob, I love you guys! Thanks for all the moral support and technical advice during the process. Cross your fingers and I shall report in again tomorrow!