We knew when we bought the house that the HVAC system would have to be totally replaced. But we were hoping that we would be able to get through this winter with the existing one and replace it in about 6 months. Well, we had no such luck.
During the inspection before we even bought the house, the heat wouldn’t turn on. Our inspector said he was even a little scared to turn it on just in case he blew the house up. I laughed when he said this, thinking that maybe he was over exaggerating. He didn’t laugh, and he wasn’t exaggerating. Big bummer.
For the first week or so in the house, it wasn’t too cold so I didn’t miss the heat at all. But by the second weekend, we had to walk around with blankets. Our lovely friends who live around the corner let us borrow their heavy-duty space heaters. They were awesome! All we had to do was pick which room we wanted to be in, plug in a heater, and shut the door. Within about 30 minutes we had a nice and toasty room. But if the heater was plugged in, not much else could be plugged in because then we would blow a fuse, the lights would go out, and ultimately we would have to leave the warm room to switch the breaker.
We lived that way for a few days while we shopped around to find the best company and brand of AC unit and furnace. Once we found one, we scheduled him to come out that next Tuesday. I was thrilled to come home and it be heated in the whole house! The HVAC man installed everything in one day. We were so grateful!!
The following night, however, I went to take a hot shower- but there was no hot water! Yikes! I could barely stand in there for a few seconds, much less the 20 minutes I need to shower. Needless to say, I went to work the next day with my hair up in a pony tail and a lot of body spray.
The HVAC man had nothing to do with the hot water heater breaking. Luckily, Matt fixed it the next day and I was back to a hot shower!
I made sure he knew I wanted really hot water.
Not having hot water felt like a huge issue. To be honest, I was pretty mad I couldn’t take a shower with hot water one day. Then I realized that it was a first-world problem I was having. A lot of people don’t even have clean water to drink, much less hot water to use for a shower. I was thankful when Matt fixed it of course and squealed when I first stepped in that nice, hot shower. But it also helped me put things into perspective!