I need to learn more about furnaces. As in, how to fix them.
Last year, our furnace decided not to turn on. We still had a warranty, so we called and paid $75 for someone to replace a $10 part. Fast forward to spring, and I had two companies come in to give estimates on a new furnace.
You see, our furnace is several years older than I am. It will soon turn 38-years-old. I feel like we should have a party for it lasting this long. I mean, I’m turning a year older this week, and my husband is throwing a party for me, so it’s only fair that the green machine in our basement be celebrated.
Today I came home from lunch to find Chloe still curled up in my pillows. It was too cold in the house for her to move around much. (It was around 65 degrees, so not freezing by any means.) I quickly realized that our furnace wasn’t going to turn on. I texted the husband, and waited until I got home this evening to deal with it any further.
We believe it’s the thermocouple. In all fairness, I know nothing about furnaces, let alone furnace cleaning, or even how to fix one. My dad predicted that was the problem last year (when we paid the terrible man $75 to fix it.) I went to Lowes this evening to buy another one, but I was told it wasn’t that easy, and the nice man at Lowes didn’t want me to buy the part unless I was 100% sure that it was the right part.
My husband is currently downstairs trying to get the furnace to work. We’re fortunate that while it may reach the 30s tonight, it’s going to warm up later this week. We’re not going to freeze to death.
But it would be nice to know that we will have heat when my family visits at the end of the month. I’d hate to have to hand everyone an extra coat as they enter my house.
I’m thinking that in my next life, I’m going to be a furnace repair-woman or electrician. Something extremely handy.