This week has not gone as planned. Then again, when does anything?! I have too high of expectations that just because I do certain things, life will go smoothly. Someday I will have to accept that life will never go smoothly and learn to roll with it. In the meantime, it is stressing me out. Every time hubby is out of town for work, something awful happens. When he went to Indianapolis, IN, we lost power for 3 days. When he was in Philadelphia, our basement flooded. Now that he’s in Newark, NJ, our furnace died. The joys of home ownership never cease. :-)
Yesterday when I woke up, I could hear the furnace running but it felt a bit cold in the house. As the day went on, it seemed to be getting colder. I went to the vent in the dining room and felt it and even though I could hear it running, I couldn’t feel any heat. No air was blowing and it wasn’t even warm. I didn’t know what to do but figured I couldn’t just ignore it. I looked up the phone number and then called my hubby to let him know what I was doing. He knew it was out of his hands and I just had to deal with it.
I proceeded to call the heating/cooling guys we’ve dealt with a few times over the years. It’s always a crapshoot whether to go with a company you’ve had before vs. a new one. Even if you weren’t 100% happy with the one you used previously, it’s the known evil vs. the unknown evil. Not that they’re all evil but you know what I mean. They were able to send out a repairman fairly quickly. His name was Joe and he was probably the nicest “salesman” I’ve ever met. When we moved here in 1995, we were told the furnace was just replaced. When he opened the front panel on the furnace, he said it was made in 1989, the year he was born. He said he’d never seen one of the Lennox Pulse furnaces but had heard horror stories about them. That they’d all been recalled and they can’t get parts for them anymore. Well, he opened up one of the compartments and saw the blower motor had seized. He said it would be at least $500 IF he could get one to fit. Then there was no guarantee that that was the only thing wrong with it. So it could end up costing a lot more and it’d still be an old furnace. I wasn’t against getting a new furnace just NOT RIGHT NOW. I would rather do this when my hubby is home. Of course, things don’t work out that way. I’m never in a leisurely situation where I can do research and comparison shop to get the best deal. I’m always looking because something BROKE DOWN and I need a replacement ASAP. So I was quoted $3200 which I didn’t like but what can you do?!
Then Joe helped me move some of the crap we’ve got in the basement that might be in the way of the workmen. He was such a nice guy, I was impressed. He even tried to help me with a problem we’ve had since we moved in. Mom’s bedroom has always been cold like you’re chilling meat in there or harboring a ghost. No heat comes up through the vent on her wall. I’ve bugged hubby about it and he can’t figure it out. So I asked Joe and he showed me how to tell if the ducts are open, etc. He looked around and found one in the basement that was possibly closed and opened it. I won’t know until later today if it did the trick. The other thing it could be is that right before moving in we had the ducts cleaned. They could’ve knocked something closed or off when they fished the hose through. If that’s the case, a wall has to be knocked into to fix it. That can get super expensive. In the meantime, we’ve made do all these years by leaving the door to her bedroom open. It gets plenty warm that way.
Yesterday they sent 3 workmen to install the furnace. It was put in temporarily but not attached to the ductwork. So it would keep things from freezing last night but not a long term solution. Today one guy showed up to finish the job. He said it would be at least 3 hours. I had to get up at 6:30 am so I could get Mom up and fed before he came at 8 am. I’ve just been a nervous wreck. I never know if I should stand over them the whole time (which I hate doing) or stay out of their way. With 3 guys here, there wasn’t room for me to even be close enough to watch them so I stayed nearby upstairs in the kitchen. The stress is catching up to me. I couldn’t sleep last night, have a stomach ache today and almost as many pimples as when I was 21. :-( It puts me on edge having workmen in the house. You can’t relax and they are coming in and out steady, going to the truck to get supplies, etc. Yesterday I cleaned the kitchen just off of nervous energy. Today I am dead. Just waiting around for this to be over, feels like WAITING TO DIE. Nothing like being overly dramatic. :-)
I’ve been so proud of the dogs, they’ve behaved so well. They haven’t bothered the workmen at all. I didn’t have to put them away in another room, just let them be wherever they wanted to be. Amber barked when they first came here but then they all ignored them.
Now the worry of the unexpected expense comes into play. Every time we start to think we might get ahead, some bill comes out of the blue that we have to pay. We’ll have to use our entire tax refund and then some to take care of this. I’ll have to have a special Instagram sale to pay for the furnace. ;-) I don’t even want to hope that that’s the last of the bad things that will happen this year because I know that’s naive. I know more bad things will happen, I just wish I knew how to handle them better. Without turning myself inside out.