Saturday, January 25, 2014

Polar Vortex

Today when I checked the weather snapshot that pops up when I log in,  this is what I saw.  Today is going to be the warmest of the past five days but it doesn’t look like we are headed into any significant warming trends either. 


This is not a good time to have the heating system in your home act up but that’s what’s happening here now.  I was told 2 years ago that my boiler had a limited life expectancy and I should start planning for it’s demise replacement but there just hasn’t been a good time to do it, with work and weekends visiting my dad.  It also doesn’t help that I’m prone to procrastination, finger crossing and prayer pleading. 

I did get a few estimates this past summer so I could prepare myself for sticker shock compare costs, but they were confusing and discouragingly expensive.  

My house was built in the early 1970’s when there was basically no town building codes and minimal state codes, so the location of the furnace and the venting doesn’t exactly meet today’s stricter requirements.  Over the years to compensate, we added hard-wired smoke  and CO2 alarms and made other safety and efficiency improvements.

Two recent repairs for minor issues have added up to almost one-third of the cost of a new boiler and the frigid temps have convinced me that I need to act now.  An emergency call on a frigid night for frozen pipes is not something I want to think about.

The replacement is scheduled and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the boiler holds on just a few days longer!



1 comment:

  1. Toes and fingers (albeit blue ones, here too!) are crossed in solidarity with/for you!


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