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Originally posted by tlunn@Nov 17 2005, 01:29 PM
This morning we woke up to a VERY cold house.

The unit was not working.

We were crossing our fingers it was the pilot light.

The gas company went out and called me to tell me that the heater exchange panel was cracked. (think that is what it is called) They had to disable the power to the unit b/c it was letting gas into our house. GREAT!

With the age of our unit, (13 years) he said a contractor would probably suggest a new unit. We did find out that we could replace the broken part...for 1000, but still have a 13 year old unit. Evidently it is on its last leg anyway.

So I called....a new unit....around 3000.00!!!!

We don't have it...not even close!!!!!!!!!!!
It is supposed to be 21 here I am trying to round up some space heaters to keep the pipes from freezing...
I have another contractor getting us another estimate this afternoon...hopefully it will be less. We are not concerned with high end quality...I hate my house and where it is located and we hope to move sometime in the next few years. But heat/air is a necessity and it happened in the coldest week! I don't know that it hardly ever got down to 21 last winter!

Luckily, we have a friend at the bank and he will cut us a check this afternoon and we can pay it back with income tax return in February.
(for those of you that remember we had to do the same thing last year when the truck transmission went out!

We are in a very tight budget situation (of our own making) but we are trying to dig out of it...hard to do when crap keeps coming to bite you in the butt and ruin your plans!

I know I am just whining...
Paying for it by loan at least doesn't cut into our Christmas $$ or cause us to cancel our Thanksgiving trip...but still...I had OTHER plans for that income tax to help us so we wouldn't be in this situation when BIG things happen.

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Aww, I'm so sorry. I have been in similar situations myself. Thank goodness you have a friend [in banking] whom can help. Keep your chin up, and please be careful with those space heaters!!!
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