Mar. 16th, 2017


Mar. 16th, 2017 09:00 am
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The furnace isn't lighting. It was on this morning when I got up, which was as it should be. While I was walking the dog, the thermostat changed over to daytime settings. When I got home, I overrode them, then went upstairs to find clothing for the day. While I faffed around upstairs, I didn't pay any attention to the furnace, but when I got downstairs again, it occurred to me that I hadn't yet heard the fan come on. Checked the thermostat; setting was correct, but temperature was down another degree and a half.

Odd, thought I, but I suppose it's cold enough for the temperature to fall before the fan comes on. So I went to take my shower. Saw the lights dim a bit and assumed that was the fan coming on finally.

Nope. Not the fan. Because the furnace never lit.

I tried changing the batteries in the thermostat since I couldn't remember if I'd changed them in the fall or not, but that didn't help. (And I had to run out to buy batteries, too.) I didn't really expect it to.

The guy I've called before has a Facebook page now, so I messaged him, but haven't heard back. It's not yet normal business hours, though, so I'll wait another forty minutes or so. If I haven't heard from him by 9:30, I'll try actually calling him.

The temperature is down to 61°. I keep it set at 66°, and I know it got up to that earlier. It's...chilly. (Where "chilly" equals "damn cold.")

When my brother showed up with the Gecko, I had him leave her; if I can get someone to come out and look at the thing, I'll go to work later because I was NOT planning on being off today.

I'm already trying to figure out what I'll need to do in order to camp out at Grama's tonight....
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dubitancy: Uncertainty; doubt. [Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon of the English Language, c. 1850]
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Well, it turned out that this time, the furnace could not be saved. Given that it is original to the house, and given that the house was built in 1930, this is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is utterly shit timing. At least I still had the majority of my tax return (which was supposed to go to next year's trip), so by scraping both my savings and PayPal accounts, I was able to find enough cash for the 85% efficiency furnace (half the cost of the high efficiency furnace), but other than my change jar, I will be utterly broke until my next pay. Wheeeee?

I wonder if Corningware goes for anything on eBay? My mother keeps giving it to me....

But, as BFT points out, at least I won't have to worry about the ancient furnace blowing up in the middle of the night, and it did frighten me. The new unit will be considerably smaller than the original; in fact, when we were cleaning out down there when I had the dumpster, we took out a server that was only slightly smaller.

I was really upset, though, when the furnace guy told me that what HTWIWM had told me was a cold air return in the back room was actually a heat duct that he'd just shoved insulation into to block off. I could have had heat in the back room all these years. All these years. One of our mutual friends pointed out that when it comes to heating or spending money, I should never accept HTWIWM's word. And I should have realized that; I certainly knew what he was like on those two subjects. Maybe, when he told me that what he meant was he was going to turn it into a cold air return, but then it turned into one of the gazillion things he just never finished.

In any case. I will have a new furnace. I just hope they can finish it tonight; I don't want to have to load Jack into the car and go camp out at Grama's house.



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