On today’s episode of “Thank Goodness We Got a Home Warranty” we’ll see what happens when the heat goes out on Sydney and Mike during a chilly Chicago December…
Our heater has paused (for a few hours) a couple times since the start of the chilly season. Usually it’s when my mom is around, so Mike likes to claim that it has something to do with her haha. Every time that it happens, within a few hours it kicks back in, and things are back to the usual 64-68 degrees. As the temperatures outside continues to drop, Mike decided that it would be a good idea to have the heater checked out – before the ‘pause’ happened again.
The HWA (home warranty folks) sent a heating guy out on Monday. He checked our system and did a little bit of cleaning, but overall didn’t see anything wrong. By the time I got home from work however, the house had started to cool. We went out Monday evening to spend time with friends, and upon returning home noticed the house was down to 63 degrees (it’s set to be at 68 before going to bed – then it’s supposed to drop to 64 while we’re asleep).
Tuesday morning was brisk to say the least. 58 degrees brisk to be exact. Mike called the HWA back and scheduled another appointment for Wednesday morning. When I returned home from work that night, Mike wasn’t home, but he had made sure to put the 3 space heaters that we have strategically in rooms that he knew I’d be in. Although they didn’t totally warm the space, they did take some of the edge off. We both slept in hoodies and put one of the heaters in our bedroom.
By Wednesday morning things had gotten flat out cold. The thermostat read 54 degrees – and it took a hot shower to warm up myself and the bathroom enough for me to convince myself to change out of my PJs and into work clothing. While at the work on Wednesday, I was looking forward to coming home to a nice warm house and getting some Studio255 work done. Until I got an email from Mike informing me that they need to buy a new part for our heater and that it wouldn’t be fixed until Thursday. He spent the entire day on Wednesday at shivering at home while waiting for the heating man to show up, and then to come back with the spare part, only to find out that the part wouldn’t arrive until the following day. By that point, Mike was tired of being cold and suggested we go out to dinner and then spend some time over at his sister’s house warming up. As we drove back home at the end of the evening, I was bummed to get out of the toasty car, knowing that the house would have a chill about it.
When I woke up this morning I was nice and warm. I wondered if perhaps the heat had come back on… until I popped my leg out from under the covers. Still 54 degrees cold. After spending 72 hours in a cold house – all of our dishes and silverware were cold. So my cereal had a crisp taste to it this morning as I ate it out of a chilled bowl using a cold spoon. Also sharing that crisp edge: the toilet seat, my pants and my shoes.
Mike just called – the part has arrived and now the house can get back to warming itself up. Living my entire life in the Chicagoland area, I consider myself to be a fairly hearty individual. I walk 4 miles a day, 5 days a week during my commute – and survive, even sweat a little bit, in the below zero weather. When I visit Florida in the month of January, and everyone down there is bundled up because it’s in the mid-50s, I’m wearing a skirt with ballet flats and a light jacket. But there’s something to be said about being that cold in your own house, so I’m very relieved to know that when I get home tonight, it’ll be normal 68 degrees – no hoodie required.
Let’s look back at the HWA tally thus far: $300 in service fees total to have our oven, air conditioner and heater taken care of in 2012 🙂