Heat is a Wonderful Thing

This morning, when I woke up and got out of bed I was freezing. Nothing too alarming really, we keep the house at 63 degrees, and we just got 13 inches of snow yesterday. Here you can see what it looked like before it stopped:

It’s not rocket science, we know it’s cold. When I got NHL up, he went to the couch and complained he was freezing. This is where a red alert should have happened. NHL is never cold unless he is sick, and (*KNOCK ON WOOD*) he is not sick yet. I went over to the thermostat and clicked it up two degrees and walked away.

More SnowDid you notice I forgot to do something?

About an hour later I was shivering with JSL in my room. He just woke up and I had to take his temperature. I went to check the heat since the radiators were ice cold.

55 degrees! Uh, Houston we have a problem! I called TechyDad in a panic. I went downstairs and did not see the pilot light on. He talked to his boss, got permission to come home and help me.

After several attempts to keep the pilot lit, it failed horribly. TechyDad went to Home Depot to pick up a thermal coupler. He had replaced this a little over a year ago, so we tried that. It seemed to work at first, but just before heading back to work he went down to check. Nada was lit again. No heat coming out. *sigh*

TechyDad checking things outAt this point, my father came to my rescue and called a Heating/Plumbing place to call me back. They heard we were at 55 degrees with a sick kid and came in less than two hours. To make a long story short – we have heat! The gentleman here  also realized the idiots that put in our system (contractor hired them – not us) when we moved in had something that was making us waste money. He fixed that and we handed over a check with heat flowing out of our radiators.

Immediately afterward, I called S. C. BASS Plumbing to thank them for coming so quickly. Then I made an appointment to have our heating system cleaned.

So excuse me now – I am off to enjoy something I took for granted while taking care of my sick little guy.


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  • Candi says:

    So glad your heat is now working!

    I’m curious what was going on with your furnace causing you to waste energy.

    I’d really love to have a whole new heat/ac system put in….ours is almost 40 years old, but we don’t have the cash for it right now. I know that would help our heating/cooling bill a lot!
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  • TechyDad says:

    IIRC, it was the furnace’s vent. It was set to open so, when the furnace switched off, all the hot air went up the chimney. He switched it to auto which closes the vent when the furnace turns off. This keeps the hot air in the furnace and puts it to use keeping the house warm instead of heating the chimney flue. (The vent needs to be open when the furnace turns on. I’m guessing exhaust fumes pouring into the house is not good.)
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  • Sandra Foyt says:

    Glad to hear your heater is working! With the frigid temperatures, heat is one thing you can’t live without. Stay warm!
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