November 2015 Random thoughts

NaBloPoMo (11/2015) – Day 24: Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot! (And sometimes not)

My heater wasn’t working for about 3 weeks. When I returned home on November 4th from visiting Sandra, it was a little chilly in the house so I turned on the heat. Nothing happened. Well, that’s not true. The furnace turned on and the fan blew, but the heating element didn’t start up. After pulling the covers off the furnace and poking around (and reading some of the instructions on the inside of the cover), I determined that it must be the igniter.

Oh well. It wasn’t that cold. It was still in the high 60s outside and I have a space heater.

After returning home from Sandra’s memorial, it was a bit cooler.  But it was still bearable. I talked with my cousin when I picked up the cats and she told me she knew someone and would get me his number.

Cut to this weekend when it reached a bone-chilling 53 degrees inside the house.

Well, I really needed that number! I was sleeping under 2 comforters and a blanket (and two cats). And I was sleeping in my jeans (because they are the warmest), socks, a t-shirt, and a hoodie. With the hood pulled over my head.  The space heater had become ineffective.

Cut, again, to yesterday when I was able to contact Jake, the furnace guy. He came by after work. (Jake: “Wow! It’s really cold in here.” Me: “Uh…yeah!”) After two hours, he got my furnace fixed. Sort of. A little. For now. The igniter was, in fact, bad and needed to be replaced. But he needed to replace something else, too. He finally got it working, though. As much as it pained him to do so, Jake said it would be best to replace my furnace.

Fortunately, the heater lasted all through the night and is still working. It’s remarkably toasty and comfy in my house now. I texted Jake to let him know this morning, and cute boy that he is, he just got all happy and excited that it was working and I was warm.

This morning he texted me with prices and recommendations. I talked with another cousin – whom Jake texted as well – about my options and his recommendations. After some going back and forth between me, Patrick, and Jake, it was finally determined that my best bet is to do the furnace and A/C as a package. The A/C unit will actually be installed in late Spring, but all of the inside work will be completed with the furnace installation.

event-tent-icon-heating-and-cooling-iconAnd, apparently, I’ll be getting all of this – furnace, A/C unit, humidifier, installation – for the low, low price of just $6,000. I’m not being sarcastic, either. That’s a low, low price. I’m getting quite the deal on installation/labor. I honestly thought it would be closer to $10,000 out of my pocket.

Actually, I’ve been considering this for a while now. I’ve had problems with the A/C for a few years. I think this one was installed, maybe, 15-20 years ago. The furnace is about 15 years old, too. So, it’s time. Yes. It’s definitely time.

Oh, how I love home improvements! Perhaps this will motivate me to find someone who will rebuild my stairs going to the basement.  Any takers? I’ll make you a pound cake!


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