Replaced our 60-year-old heater

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We finally did it! We replaced the heater in our house last Tuesday night! The original heater was installed when the house was built in the mid-1940s. Yes, 60 years ago.

The house does (technically, I suppose) have central heating, but vents are only in the livingroom, kitchen, hall, and bathroom (one vent each). None of the 3 bedrooms have a vent.

In late winter last year (i.e., early this year), the heater began making louder-than-usual noises. Like it was going to crap out at any minute. So, we decided we would look into the cost to replace it during the summer...and then, of course, didn't do it.

Skip to October... Here we are at the very beginning of winter without a heater we trusted. Bill talked with his cousin Jim and his friend Doug who had used the same heating contractor to replace their heaters in the past few years. They were pleased with the workmanship and price and had experience no problems. So, Bill contacted Bob and we got an estimate, which we accepted, and now we have a brand new reliable heater - complete with a programmable thermostat!

The installation included installing 2 vents for the heater in our master bedroom. When we added the room onto the house in late 1992, we didn't include heater vents. We were very surprised (but shouldn't have been) when we woke several times during the 1992-1993 winter to actually see our breaths upon waking! Brr. Over the past 13 winters, we've just dealt with the very chilly bedroom air. But no more! The 2 vents won't make the room "warm" (unless we make the rest of the house overly warm), but it will take the chill off and make it more comfortable.

Of course, we didn't have our act together before heater installation day to request a vent be installed in each of the other 2 bedrooms, but we have now and Bob will be back to install those soon. It'll be so nice to sit at my computer or work in the craft room without feeling like I'm getting frostbite.

Why did we wait 19 years after moving into the house and 14 years after adding on the master bedroom to replace the heater? and get vents? The answer (from my point of view) is: Thinking it would cost way more than it actually did.

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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