Heater broke; got so cold that clothes froze stiff


I’m fairly accustomed to cold weather.

I’m from the north and I’ve lived through twenty something severe winters up there.

The weather is consistently brutal; there’s severe cold and wind chill, not to mention the ice storms and heavy snow fall. I’ve had plenty of experience scraping off cars and driving in blinding snow. I’ve also spent a lot of time outdoors in the winter, trudging through snow and shielding all exposed skin from the air to avoid frostbite. It was a modern experience for me, but, when my furnace failed last year and I had to try to stay hot indoors for several afternoons on end. You see, it was in the middle of the greatest blizzard we’ve had in years, and I was standing at house doing a big load of laundry in my toasty hot utility room, when abruptly I heard a scary noise come from the furnace closet. I went to see what had happened, only to find that the boiler was no longer running. I tried to make adjustments to the control unit, but was unable to kickstart the furnace again. I then spent the next two hours calling every heating and cooling supplier in a 20 miles radius, only to be told that every HVAC repairman was already booked for the next several afternoons due to the terrible weather. I spent the next two afternoons trying to stay hot with a single space heater. It got so cold in my household that my clothes which had been left in the washing machine froze stiff.



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