Jan 152024

If your furnace is going to go out, what better (or worse) time than during the coldest weather of the year, right? Ask me how I know this.

About 2 AM Sunday morning it seemed cold in our bedroom and I told Terry I had not heard our furnace kick on in quite some time. We got out of bed to investigate and discovered the furnace was not working. With the current temperature being 29° at that time, and overnight temperatures supposed to be down in the teens the next few nights, that was not a good thing.

We changed the batteries in the thermostat, hoping it would be a simple fix like that. Nope, we’re not that lucky. After checking circuit breakers inside and outside the house, at 3 AM we finally piled an extra blanket on the bed and tried to get some sleep. We had brought an electric heater into the bedroom from the office, hoping that would help. But it’s a very big room and it was already cold, so it was definitely behind the game and didn’t do a whole lot of good.

I sent our friend Alan Banks a text telling him I knew that it was Sunday, but if he knew anyone we might be able to call, to please let me know. Scott, Alan’s father and business partner in Banks Construction, came over first thing in the morning and tried to get the furnace going, with no luck. When changing the temperature setting, we could hear a clicking noise from the thermostat, but nothing else. Suspecting that might be the problem, Alan went off in search of a new one.

Unfortunately, after trying two different new thermostats and a bunch of other things, Scott was out of options. Since the thermostat did not solve the problem, he now thinks it may be the motherboard. Sunday evening, he called a friend of his who runs a local heating and cooling company and arranged for him to come by today and see if he can get the furnace working.

Terry and I spent most of the day in our office,bundled up in sweatshirts, since it was the warmest room in the house because of the space heaters we have back there. It’s usually the coldest. Go figure.

In the ultimate example of good timing, just a few days earlier Terry had ordered a Dreo 1500 watt wall-mounted space heater for the office, and yesterday afternoon she mounted it.

The unit seems to work well, and features an adjustable thermostat, 120° vertical oscillation, a remote control, and a 24-hour timer.

With four space heaters going in different rooms of the house, letting the faucets drip overnight, and opening the cabinet drawers under the sinks, along with extra blankets on the bed, we weren’t worried about freezing. However, the next three nights are supposed to be bitter cold, so I really hope the repairman coming today can get things working again.
Is it summer yet?

Congratulations Janie Ann Slade, winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Chasing Ashes by Joanne McLaughlin. This thriller has its start in 1992, shortly before a tragic fire on their college campus, Laura Cunningham saw her best friend, Kate McDonald, for the last time. The fire’s 20th anniversary elicits Laura’s guilt and ignites her passion to learn what actually happened to Kate. Now a journalist, Laura teams up with her hot detective ex-husband to pursue cold leads in hopes of sparking interest in the decades-old mystery of what happened that day.

We had 72 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – It’s easy to clean an empty house, but hard to live in one.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Baby, It’s Cold Inside”

  1. I know what you’re going thru. We’re visiting in IL (grandsons) temperature around 0 and the furnace quit working. Sounds exactly like your situation. Thank goodness for some electricity.

  2. Yep. We on the WEST Coast shouldnt
    know what you are going thru but we do. Our electricity went out for three days due to wind, downed trees and all around wicked weather a few years ago. even a candle felt warm . After all that experience, we invested in more wool blankets and a better generator.

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