It was late March and we were way over our household budget. We needed about three months of overtime to get back on track and have a buffer. When the furnace quit, we figured we would just tough it out until the weather turned warmer. I mean, pretty soon and the AC would have to be turned on, and we could get the furnace fixed later in the summer. Well, the up and down temps had us feeling miserable in our own house, so we called a place that does heating and air conditioning services in Wayne NJ.
We thought the furnace was done for. We thought that the only option would be to replace it. I had no idea how long a furnace was supposed to last. This one was about 10 years old. The furnace guy came out and took a look. He had it going in a few minutes. It was just a defective switch. I was not an expensive repair. Sure, it put us a little bit more behind in our budget, but nowhere near what I thought it was going to set us back. And, I must say, we were very happy to have the heat back on, especially in the morning getting ready for work.
You just do not know how much you actually have in this country until you do without for even a short period of time. We had shelter and no furnace. There are some people that have to sleep outside in the dead of winter! Yes, we were in a financial slump, but we still had our jobs and a roof over our heads. Having to go without the furnace for a few days taught me a little perspective. It also taught me that I am nowhere near as tough as I think I am. That tile floor and porcelain commode at three in the morning is a whole lot more welcoming when the heat is on!