Grown Folk Problems: Home Ownership
I rescued my condo from the land of foreclosures in 2009. It had been uninhabited for more than a year. Possibly more than two years thanks to the economy at that time. It had not been properly maintained while it was inhabited, and that was obvious, but I got it for less than 50% of its original selling price, so why complain? It had a few minor issues that I’ve fixed along the way, but I hadn’t really gotten my first real taste of grown folks problems until my HVAC sprang a coolant leak last summer.
Do you know how much a brand new, quality HVAC system (13 SEER unit) costs with installation, 10 year warranty, and maintenance? If you’re lucky, you can get it all wrapped up with a bow for $4-5k. So, yeah. That was my day. Waking up to ice in the fan of my unit, and dropping a clean $5k on a new system go be installed next Friday.
So just remember that home ownership is not something to be taken lightly. Small problems can turn into big problems at the worst possible moment for you (like sketchy heat when it’s barely above freezing) , so keep on top of stuff the best you can based on your budget. And if you bought a foreclosure, be even more vigilant.
The good thing about what happened today is that I know that my new unit will save me a ton of electricity (and money), and reducing my carbon footprint is a big deal to me. I also know that I will have a reliable unit with professional services to back it up for the next decade. I’ve also upped the value of my unit. And I don’t have to lose sleep over the money question anymore.
But damn, to have this happen in the middle of an interminable freezing(ish) rain storm, and dealing with the power going on and off ON TOP of the new HVAC stress… I’m happy to have made it through the day. Honestly.
Felicia Day with the TARDIS. Your argument is invalid.
Osric Chau with the TARDIS, a puppy and Christmas lights
Mark Sheppard and Jared Padalecki with the Tardis
this is why Sam Winchester can never be the Doctor’s companion
my lit teacher cracks me up
Over 100,000 notes on this and I have yet to find one that points out that a LITERATURE teacher made both a grammar and a spelling error in her note to a student. The second sentence should read, “It’s why I teach insteAd of drawING hammers all day.”
Welcome to the American education system where LITERATURE teachers give zero fucks about spelling and the gerund in notes to students.
HVAC Death Rattles
The Good News: It was caused by ice accumulation from the sleet and freezing rain mix that started yesterday afternoon and has not stopped. There was a half inch thick layer of ice on top of the unit and some big pieces under the grill and rattling around on the fan blades.
I was able to beat the ice off of the unit with the ice scraper I use on my car. I had some Deadliest Catch deja vu.
The Meh News: I broke my favorite ice scraper. It was lime green.
The Bad News: The temps aren’t going to skyrocket today and the rain is still falling. I will undoubtedly have to beat ice from it again. I am leery about leaving the house, but today is my last day at my current job so I have to. I am going to hope for the best and that it will get warm enough to keep enough ice from forming that it causes a problem while I am out. Either way, the HVAC guy will have to call me back today and he was supposed to days ago.
If I had a patio umbrella it would come in really handy today.
So I woke up to my HVAC unit sounding like something is caught in it. A dangerously loud rattling noise. This comes a few days after I called Lowes for a free estimate on replacing it. I think it senses the end is nigh and decided to enact revenge by waking me up. So I called the guy from Lowes and left a voicemail at a little after 5am. I’ve already ruined his day. :)