It's so cold in here...

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
November 17, 2008 5:48am CST
Last week our heater started acting up. The heat would click on and off, but the fan would run constantly. So when the heat was cycled off, the fan blew out cold air, which would cause the heat to come on sooner, really killing our electric bill. My husband wanted to get a new thermostat, becuase he figure that might fix it - he has no clue and will try a million things before calling a professional (and he'll usually spend a ton more in the process). Well, since I had been wanting one of the thermostats with a timer on it, we went and got one of those. It worked ok until Saturday... From Saturday afternoon, I never heard the fan go off. It was on all day Sunday. I thought I had programmed something wrong on the new thermostat, so I reset a couple things. Well, now the unit doesn't come on. I can hear it clicking for when it's SUPPOSED to come on, but it never does. It's down to 63 degrees in here and it'll probably keep dropping. My husband's calling the heater guy today. I hope it's not too expensive...
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
17 Nov 08
I personally think that we are in for cold hard winter. But who knows I thought there was no way that Obama would become President. Not that I mind. Stay warm. :)
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
18 Nov 08
I've been hearing that it's going to be a cold wet winter. We're about due for one too... They were calling for snow tonight here - which is way early for us. We've got the electric baseboard heaters going now and it's kinda warm, but killing the electric bill...
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
18 Nov 08
This is the time of year wait for here. The windows are open a nice cool evening breeze. Sitting here in my beach shorts typing away. The nieghbors are having a patio party outside. :)
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Nah, it's cold here! We even had snow in some places not far from here.
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@hildas (3031)
17 Nov 08
Sorry about your heating system reinydawn. I am sure you are feeling cold. I hope it does not cost too much to fix, but it will be worth it especially as it is so cold. My husband usually has a go at fixing things too. Sometimes he is actually good at it, but sometimes he costs us even more money when he messes it completely up. Goodluck and maybe because you have already purchased a new part it might not cost as much to repair.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Nov 08
This is one reason I have a few spoace heaters in my house. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@hildas (3031)
17 Nov 08
Yes they do come in handy in times like these Granpa Bob.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
18 Nov 08
We've got electric baseboard heat that we've cranked up a bit. That's keeping us from being too cold. We'll just pay an arm and a leg on the electric bill until we get the heat pump fixed.
• United States
17 Nov 08
We have a moody heater also so last year me and my husband went out and brought some extra electric space heaters just in case our gas heater decides to kick the bucket some cold night. I'd rather play it safe then sorry because it's terrible having the heat go out and not having a source of heat.If you can afford a few good space heaters until you get you're main heater fixed it would make you feel much better and you won't freeze.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
18 Nov 08
We do have electric baseboard heaters which we usually keep on low, but we cranked them up for now. They're keeping us from being freezing, but it's really going to take a toll on the electric bill...
@gemini_rose (16192)
17 Nov 08
I think there is nothing worse than the heating packing in when it is winter, ours was a bit worrying last year but my hubby managed to fix it. I just hope that it stays fixed because already it is so cold at times I think it is going to get colder as well. I hope that it is not a big repair that you need and it does not cost you too much!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
18 Nov 08
Thank you! We had some problems with the air conditioning over the summer, I'm hoping that it hasn't finally given out on us...
@nanayangel (7862)
• Philippines
17 Nov 08
Hi there Reiny Dawn! It is kinda new so maybe it is still under warranty? I do hope so so that you won't be spending on a newly bought thing.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
18 Nov 08
It's the furnace that's not working. It's pretty old so I'm sure that's not under warranty, I just hope they can fix it instead of needing to replace it.
• United States
1 Dec 08
it never fails when it rains it pours. Now with christmas here you have to fix your heater. Last month I had all this company and had to put in a new drain and new hose from the hot water to the dishwasher. It cost over 100 dollars and my brother in-law did some of the work. Good luck I hope you got it fixed by now.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Actually, I think they're coming out tomorrow to put a new HVAC unit in. Fortunately we've got electric base-board heaters that have been keeping us warm. Our electric bill is going to be outrageous for this month, but we didn't have much of a choice.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
No you cannot do much about it you need to stay warm. Good luck with the new unit. I hope you enjoy the good cheaper heat. I covered up some vents in my ceiling. We have a swamp cooler and an air conditioner. The swamp cooler we just use it as a fan to blow cool air in. I finally got the ladder in the house so I could cover the vents today so the heat does not continue to seep out.I usually take the vents off and tape cardboard over the inside of the vent and put it back in place. This year I just cut cardboard and taped it to the outside of the vent. I could not get the vents out of the ceiling. When my husband took the cardboard down last summer he put the screws in so tightly I could not unscrew them. It does not look as nice but they are covered.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Hey, as long as it works, who really cares what it looks like!!! The new unit was installed Monday and it seems to be working fine! I'm anxious to see what our utility bill for December is like.
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