Friday, January 9, 2009

Funeral for a Friend

Alas! poor Trane. I knew him, dear readers; a fellow of infinite blow, of most excellent heating; he hath warmed me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it. Here hung those temperatures that I will miss I know not how oft. Where be your freon now? your aux heat? your air? your flashes of readiness, that were wont to set the heat on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own air conditioning? quite broken? Now get yet to my living room chamber, and tell the repairman, let him put a new unit in, to this favor he must come; make it warm again. ~A really bad parody of Hamlet

Our heat pump died today. It dying gasps flooded the house with frigid air last night, then it passed. Because of efficiency improvements, we can not just replace the unit, but the whole system. The good news, we'll be more energy efficient and do our part for the environment. As far as bad news, well only about 5900 reasons why this is bad. And to think I kidded my wife about getting a kerosene heater for Christmas.

8 comments:

Daniel said...

I had the same experience with my heat pump in Ohio. Cost about $5k. The good thing is that the furnace that was replaced at the same time had an efficiency of about 10% (no kidding) and was replaced with a modern unit of 95% efficiency. The old furnace was so big a team of workmen with torches had to come in and cut that bad boy out through a temporary opening made in my garage wall. Yikes. Good luck. I can vouch for you if you need to sell a kidney or liver to pay for this.

jake (to the) holla said...

i have 5 man-servants that follow me around with torches, blankets, and space heaters... it's far more efficient. plus, it makes me feel like the royalty that i am.

also, all 5 of them answer to the name "Chooga Chooga Choo Choo" with the utmost speed & obedience.

paul said...

[sniff, sniff]

yea, I always cry at funerals, esp when they cost $5,900.

Rob said...

I'm sorry.
Our heat unit is hanging on for dear life. It's only a matter of time and we will have to replace it.

Brian Miller said...

Paul and Jake....you got me in stitches, really. I am exploring the man servant option to price compare.

Rob...I'll start praying for that day.

Good news, parents live close enough Tara and the boys can mooch some heat until fixed.

vtkelly14 said...

Feel your pain...we just had to do the same thing here in Charleston...I know, who needs heat in Charleston, but it does come in handy during the two weeks that it falls below freezing and of course, you can't live without the a/c from April thru October! I think the mafia must be controlling the heat pump industry...why should a big metal box cost that much????

roughruby said...

Too bad you couldn't sell the Hamlet parody...It's priceless.

Brad said...

The same thing happened to us a few months after we purchased our house, OWE does it cost.