Last March, I noticed that my furnace seemed to have decided it needed to take breaks when it should have been working. I gave it a good scolding, fiddled with the thermostat and it came back on. I thought it had learned it's lesson but I was mistaken.
I called the gas company who sent out a repairman in short order. He had it working again in no time and my furnace hummed along happily with no more unscheduled breaks. This lasted for about a month and then... hmm. Two more men from the gas company would trudge down to my basement before the middle of April.
The last time, a replacement part had to be ordered. Once that was installed, it seemed to be running fine. Of course, by now it was mid-April and by the end of April I was opening windows instead of turning on furnaces.
September came and went with no need to turn on the furnace. We fired it up the middle of October and it would come on occasionally but the temperatures were still mild. Then early one morning, I was awakened by a rather cold foot that was sticking out from under the blanket. Sleepily, I tucked it back in and then suddenly jolted awake.
The house was quiet. It was too quiet. I removed my CPAP mask (no more cold noses for me at night) and inhaled the cold air. Wait a minute! I had an uneasy feeling that something was terribly wrong. I looked over at my husband but he was sleeping peacefully.
Ladies, have you ever noticed how men seem to be able to sleep peacefully, oblivious to the trouble around them? This always amazes me! I have always wondered if their senses get switched off when their brain goes into sleep mode because they don't seem to be able to detect the noises we women hear so easily. We must shake them awake and then they are not the least bit interested in investigating the problem in the night. They simply want to curl up and go back to sleep again leaving us to prowl about to ensure that the house is safe and secure. I went downstairs to investigate and sure enough one look at the thermostat told me the furnace was on strike again.
Thus began a two month saga of people traipsing down to my basement to look at my furnace. They would tinker around with it a bit, replace parts, order parts they didn't have and remind me that intermittent problems are the most difficult to resolve. I was worried someone might look at me and tell me I needed a new furnace but no one ever did. The furnace itself was function well. It's just that sometimes when it would reach the correct temperature and shut off, it would forget to come back on again.
On December 19th, a technician was at my house once again. He called the manufacturer of my furnace and spent a long time on the phone with them. Then he told me he was pretty sure he knew exactly what was causing the problem. Initially I was rather doubtful but my furnace has been working perfectly since then.
Today, while looking at my most recent gas bill, I was curious to see how much my repair bills had been. I discovered that I had racked up about $1,100.00 in labor and parts over the course of about two months. The amount due however, is $0.00. You see my furnace, air conditioner, water heater, fireplace and all my other large gas and electric appliances are under a service plan which covers all parts and labor, even if I call about a broken furnace at 1:00 a.m. on a bitterly cold winter night. Hey, it happens!
There are times in our lives when things get "broken" or are not working properly. We are facing a challenge or have a need. Perhaps we are at a crossroads and need help making a decision. No matter what it is, God has us covered. We can call on Him anytime, day or night. Unlike the situation with my furnace, He always knows exactly what the issue is and how to handle it. It's good to know that regardless of what you might face... God has you covered.
[quote]Last March, I noticed that my furnace seemed to have decided it needed to take breaks when it should have been working. I gave it a good scolding, fiddled with the thermostat and it came back on. I thought it had learned it's lesson but I was mistaken.[/quote]
I love this introductory paragraph!
As aggravating for you as this has been, you've written about it in a delightfully humorous way and concluded with a wonderful spiritual lesson that I "really" needed to come my way this morning.
I echo wmj's comment, K !
[quote]Ladies, have you ever noticed how men seem to be able to sleep peacefully, oblivious to the trouble around them? [/quote] Yup
[quote]I went downstairs to investigate [/quote] Isn't that always the way!
[quote]They would tinker around with it a bit, replace parts, order parts they didn't have and remind me that intermittent problems are the most difficult to resolve. [/quote] Is this the american version of the Irish technician scratching his head and saying "aye" whilst sucking the word through his clenched teeth?
[quote]even if I call about a broken furnace at 1:00 a.m. on a bitterly cold winter night. Hey, it happens![/quote] Easier than getting a hubby out of bed eh.
[quote]It's good to know that regardless of what you might face... God has you covered.[/quote] No smart comment, just an "Amen".