Wednesday, January 17, 2018
This fall we had someone checkout our heating system. The technician knows Mrs. C from years of her dealing off and on with the same company, a company she trusts and also where her cousin is employed. The system checked out ok, but we were told that the furnace was about 5 years past its “Best Used by Date.”
A new system would be pretty expensive.
We decided we would wait one more heating season.
This Winter has been damn cold, tough on a system 5 years past it’s “Best Used by Date.”
The other day we awoke to a very cold town house. We called in the problem and the same technician showed up that afternoon. Apparently, some part overheated due to age and working hard in the last cold snap. After it cooled off, the system was working again, but this was a wake-up call. Five years past the “Best Used by Date” is too long.
We saw a salesman from the same company the next day. He recommended a system and also recommended upgrading our air conditioner as it was also five years past it’s “Best Used by Date” and there was a combined system sale offered for the next month.
This new system would be damn expensive.
He offered a one-year interest free payment plan. I liked the guy, he was left-handed, played guitar and was from North Carolina…nuff said.
So next week we will be having a new HVAC system installed. It ain’t cheap. Now I don’t mind tightening the belt for something that is needed (I’m lying, I mind a lot, but what are you going to do) but what I hate is a new HVAC system is just no fun.
When you get a new TV, it is more fun to watch. When you get a new guitar, it is more fun to play. When you take a trip, it is a nice get-a-way. If you buy a new car, your neighbors come over to admire it. Most new stuff you can brag to friends, you can show off your new goods or pictures of your trip. You get a bang for your buck.
A new HVAC system is expensive, but they are not fun. There is no bang for your buck. You don’t invite friends over to your basement and show off your new furnace, you don’t have a party and brag about how warm it is. A new system is expensive, but somehow, I am just not excited about it.
Mrs. C wants to take a cruise next year to Hawaii. We may just spend time in the basement admiring the new HVAC system instead.