After we had the Circus, Grunt Labor started worrying.
Now, most new parents do start worrying more after they have a kid. There was one day not long after she was born and Mama left us with her for the first time and both of us had a complete breakdown – but that’s another story.
Grunt Labor was worried we might all freeze to death.
I’m not kidding.
He was terrified a big snow storm would come through, cut off our power and the three of us would die from lack of heat.
I, however, did not worry so much about this. First off, we live in the south. There aren’t too many huge snow storms that come through and knock out the power. The last one I remember like that was in 1992. Also, I knew that multiple neighbors had gas heat and if needed, we could bundle up, walk the street and find someone to take us in.
It was really sweet (and humorous) how worried he was about this though. At the new house, there is gas heat and a set of gas logs in the fireplace. When I saw them, I jumped up and down and sarcastically exclaimed that we wouldn’t freeze to death!! Grunt didn’t find that very funny.
However, last winter, I did get a little worried. Just a smidge.
One unusually cold night, I woke up just as the heat pump cut off. The unit sits right outside our bedroom window so it’s easily heard in our room. I couldn’t go back to sleep. After what seemed like quite a while, I realized the heat pump hadn’t kicked back on – and I was getting cold.
So I did what any person would do in my situation.
I started praying.
Dear Lord, please don’t let us freeze to death. Please let this unit make it one more year. Please don’t make us sell half our belongs to replace it.
And then it kicked back on.
I tried to go back to sleep. I couldn’t. The unit kicked off again. Once more it seemed like an eternity before it came back on. I repeated the same prayers. It finally came back on.
These same events happened multiple more times last winter. It was as if Grunt Labor had worn off on me and God was playing a game with me.
We made it through the winter unscathed by the cold, as did our heat pump.
A few weeks back, we had a cold snap and I started worrying about the heat pump again. This time, I decided to get it a check-up. While I was terrified about what I might found out, I also wanted to sleep at night this winter.
I found a local pro to come out and take a look at our unit through HomeAdvisor. HomeAdvisor actually gave me about three companies in my area that could do the work, so I called around to find the best price for a “tune-up” as I probably incorrectly called it. Best Heating & Air seemed to have the best prices and ratings on HomeAdvisor, so I opted for them.
They came out a couple days later and much to my surprise – they gave me good news.
Turns out, our unit was made in 2000 – not 1975 as I had thought.
And its in pretty darn good condition.
They did add coolant and replace something else, which I can’t remember the technical name for, but they said it wasn’t operating as it should be and if it went out, it would shut down the entire unit. It was $75 to have them replace it, so I couldn’t tell them fast enough to switch that baby out. The unit even sounds better since they tuned it up.
So ya’ll, I’m happy to say that we shouldn’t freeze to death this winter.
I’ve got bets that Grunt Labor will send up a few prayers though. 😉
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