Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I Need Heat!
I detest asking for any kind of help when it's for personal reasons, but I don't have a choice. With my health conditions, going outside in the winter is hard enough on me, let alone living in a cold house, without a working furnace.
A couple weeks ago I went to bed with the furnace working fine. The next morning when I woke up, it was chilly in the house. I turned up the heat to take the chill off, and nothing happened. I then realized something was wrong with the furnace.
I have a friend that lives in another state and her husband owns a HVAC shop. Her husband called me, and tried to walk me through some steps to see if he could figure out what the problem was. He deducted that it wasn't something simple and said I'd have to have a technician come look at it.
After posting on a local garage sale site, a certified technician said that he'd repair it for me, just for the cost of parts. He finally was able to come look at it this past Monday. It turns out that I need a new inducer motor, control board, and something with my vent for the poisonious gases. He looked up the price of the parts in front of me, and they're around $900 ...and I do believe that was before taxes. He said a brand new furnace would run about $2000.
To say this made me physically sick, is an understatement. I'm disabled due to chronic neuroimmune health conditions and I live off of $721 a month. That barely runs my household and buys food. It's impossible for me to come up with the money on my own.
I contacted our community agencies and there's only one program that could help me out, but I don't qualify because you have to have insurance on your home. I bought this house at sheriff sale and due to the number of years it sat empty without insurance, plus it's age, the cheapest home insurance quote I could find, was $387 a month. No way in the world I could afford that, so the house isn't insured.
I'm using an electric space heater, which scares me to death that it will cause a fire, and an electric blanket. The heater is keeping it about 56 degrees in here right now, and we have colder weather that moved in today. Next Tuesday on my birthday, November 18th, the high is only going to be in the 20's. I live in NW Ohio, and it get's cold here!
If I can get the money to repair the furnace, I'll do that. If donations exceed the repair and are enough to replace my old furnace, I'll replace it. If there's anything beyond that, I'll fix the hole in the roof in my back room, that's letting cold air pour in through it.
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