Today’s question is: Why is it easy to forget to do some regular maintenance on your house?
Background: It’s cold here. It’s very, very cold. My Weatherbug reads -4 degrees currently. It is essential in weather like this to have heat.
Last night it was even slightly colder, it was -5 degrees (this does not include the wind chill factor which is what it feels like out there when the wind blows). Because it was so cold yesterday I had both fire places on and I was wearing a scarf in the house. The older I get the colder I get, apparently. We had been out during the day and once we got back at 3:30pm I had never left the warmth and comfort of the first floor. I had been
shivering hanging out by the fires all afternoon.
During dinner, that was enjoyed in the dining room with the fire blaring, my oldest daughter ran upstairs to get something for my sister. When she came back down, into the warm and toasty dining room, she declared, “it’s really cold up there”. I raised an eyebrow, looked over at PW (who incidentally had been hanging out in his man room on the third floor all afternoon, and didn’t notice it being cold, go figure) and said, “oh honey I bet it just felt cold because this room is so warm and toasty.” Boy was I wrong.
A short while later the kids were upstairs getting ready to take showers. I followed them up and when I got to the top of the stairs I declared “OMG, shit it is cold up here.” And cold it was, 56 degrees. I started doing an immediate mental check of all the things that could go drastically wrong if we didn’t get the heat working before we went to bed. Frozen pipes are not my friend. Cracked drywall, no thanks.
Once we determined that the furnace fan worked and that the pilot seemed to be out (you know you can’t just light a pilot now like you could in the old days, technology, sigh), I called two local heating companies and left messages for the emergency service. The first one to call back got my business, even though he seemed to try to sway me away from wanting him with his price. I practically laughed at him when he started on how much it was going to cost me. Without him, I’m fairly sure it would have cost me much, much more. He arrived an hour later (I think that’s why he didn’t want to come so much, he lived an hour away). He replaced the broken igniter and we had heat. I could have hugged him, but I think that may have been inappropriate. Although I did tell him I loved him, several times.
Concequently, had I had the routine service conducted on the furnace, the igniter probably would have been replaced and this would never have happened. The furnace is 9 years old. Of course, this also means I have to get service out here pronto as the other furnace (the one that kept me warm on the first floor with my fireplaces) hasn’t been checked either and is using a 9 year old igniter, that apparently could go and any moment, yikes.
I am happy to have heat. Were looking at another day where the temps aren’t expected to rise over 10 degrees so heat is essential. Thank goodness for 24 hour repairmen.