Monday, January 5, 2009

Minnesota Winter, and the Furnace is Fixed!

Sometime between 5 and 6 this afternoon, the furnace started generating heat: after about seven and a half days of being on the fritz. Right now, it's a delightful 75 degrees at the keyboard.

We don't normally keep it so warm, this time of year, but one of the technicians told us to set the thermostat up there for some time, to 'let the carbon burn out.' I must admit, I don't mind following that advice. This is the first time since Monday last that I haven't felt at least chilly.

The furnace isn't actually fixed, quite: there are still parts that haven't come in, but the techs installed a few things that will work well enough until the correct equipment shows up.

From what I saw, the part that had failed - spectacularly - was a sort of heat exchanger. The region that's visible without tearing the furnace apart looked fine. The rest resembled a sort of mechanical version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray."

The techs told us that they've been replacing this unit in quite a few homes around here. Which probably explains why it wasn't to be found in Alexandria or St. Cloud. Thankfully, a place in the Twin Cities had it in stock.

Apparently we came out of this rather well. Some families waited around a month and a half for the right parts to show up.

A fixed furnace featured rather prominently in our prayers of thanks tonight.

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