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Home ownership vent...

Sometimes home ownership sucks!  We knew this winter was the final straw for our furnace (waking up to a 64 degree house in the dead of winter is never a good thing!).  Our heating/ac guy did some work to make it hang on a few weeks while he did the measuring and calculating to figure out what size/type of furnace to buy.   We also need to get a new a/c unit because last summer was it.  

So, he came buy today with his proposal.... oh boy.  We'll be doing a lot less meals out (which we don't do all the time) and finding ways to budget our money for awhile.  

Sometimes I miss when other people would take care of those expenses...

Thanks for letting me vent!

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  • Yup- fun stuff! we need new windows SO bad!
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  • Tell me about it!  We luckily haven't had many major issues but we had to repair our entire bathroom wall last winter when ice water from an icicle leaked in through our window and rotted out the wood and dry wall.  ACK.
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  • We're in for a new boiler too - I so feel your pain.  We're making the decision this weekend which kind to go with (replace oil, convert to gas, etc).  Either way it's $$$$$$.

    Funny what you say about 64 degrees though, we have ours set to 62 (66 when we're home).  I guess my house is cold, lol. 

  • I feel you!

    Living in the apartment for two years has been a blessing, but we are already preparing for having to handle the fixes ourselves.

    Even when we do get calls from the renters, we tend to do quick fixes. For example when the fridge went out, we rented one for $15.00/month and adjusted the rent for the next set of renters. 

     

  • I hear ya! We'll be replacing all of our windows this spring/summer, so that'll cost a pretty penny.

    We were lucky with our furnace, though. Ours was running fine, but it was original to the house (20 yrs) so we knew it probably only had a few more years left in it. We were afraid of needing an emergency replacement in the dead of winter, so we replaced ours in November. DH does plumbing design work at an engineering firm and has connections to different companies. He also works with a lot of people who have done plumbing/HVAC work in the field. Our furnace with a central ac unit, all of the other parts, and installation only cost us about $2k.

     

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    Funny what you say about 64 degrees though, we have ours set to 62 (66 when we're home).  I guess my house is cold, lol. 

    We're like you, Naylon!  We keep our thermostat at 63 when we're home (and awake) and 61 when we're away (or asleep).  We usually splurge and turn it up to 65 when we have company ; )  And we live in WI!

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    Funny what you say about 64 degrees though, we have ours set to 62 (66 when we're home).  I guess my house is cold, lol. 

    We're like you, Naylon!  We keep our thermostat at 63 when we're home (and awake) and 61 when we're away (or asleep).  We usually splurge and turn it up to 65 when we have company ; )  And we live in WI!

    Ditto! Ours is set at 60 when we're not home, 62 when we're sleeping, and 63 when we're home and awake.

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  • ....and my house is now 59 degrees b/c we just realized that our boiler isn't firing because we're out of oil.  SO annoying.  They're supposed to monitor usage and deliver us automatically.  So now I'm shivering on hold trying to get an emergency oil delivery tonight . Awesome. 

    Switching to gas seems like a really good idea right about now........
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    Switching to gas seems like a really good idea right about now........

    I really like having gas (haha). We had oil in the apartment and since my dad was our landlord (but didn't live there), the responsibility of ordering the oil always landed on our shoulders. It's nice not having to think about it.

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  • Do you mind if I ask how much your furnace costs? Ours is original to our house as well (about 20 years old) and I'm just trying to mentally prepare for the cost :)

    My co-worker just got a furnace installed that converted at 95% (the highest you can get) and it was a little under $2k but she has a smaller house than I do so I don't know how much the price multiplies with sq. footage.

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    Switching to gas seems like a really good idea right about now........

    I really like having gas (haha). We had oil in the apartment and since my dad was our landlord (but didn't live there), the responsibility of ordering the oil always landed on our shoulders. It's nice not having to think about it.

    Normally we don't order oil, it comes automatically - - don't know what their deal is lately.  Grrrr. 

  • I feel your pain too we just had to get a new heating/ac last summer! Living Georgia with no air is nightmare so we had to get it fixed. My Dh always likes to remind me during these situations how we should have got an apartment and not a house lol.
  • Ugh..I feel your pain. We're getting our new furnace and A/C installed on Monday. Our furnace is original to our house, so it's about 30 years old! It died about a month ago and our house got down to about 50 degrees. We normally keep it around 62 most of the day. We warm it up to about 70 for a few hours in the morning and evening.

    As for cost, we're getting a Bryant furnace (80% efficency + humidifier) and Bryant A/C (16 seer - qualifies us for the tax credit) installed with waranties for $7900, which will be about $5800 after all our rebates. We get rebates from Bryant and from our electric company, plus the $1500 tax credit. It's a lot of money, but we live in MN so we need heat.

     

  • We keep our house at 68 usually.  DH has some friends he plays hockey with that keep their homes at 70 or 72 all day.

     Our furnace, all installed, with labor, and with everything that needs to be adjusted in the space (i.e. ducting) will be around $5800.  Ours will be 95% efficiency, 2 cycle gas, and is a 60,000 btu furnace.  It's way more than we were thinking.  A good heating/ac guy will do what's called a "heat load" on your home to figure out what size furnace to get.  That looks at the square footage, window space, and something else but I don't remember.

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