Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Feeling much better

Well, I am finally out of bed and able to keep food in my stomach again. I don't go down sick very often, but that bug was nasty. To make matters worse, I got sick on a Friday night, and then while I was still in bed on Saturday, my heater decided to quit. Stop dead. Refuse to come on. In case you don't remember, I live in the western mountains, and it's cold here. The only thing that could have been worse about the timing would have been if it had also been way below zero, which thankfully it was not. The temps were hovering around freezing. 

Obviously no one was going to be able to repair it over the weekend, so I just drained all the water from my pipes and moved my sick self and my house plants to a very kinds friend's house for the weekend.

 On Monday I was able to contact the closest repair man authorized by the heater manufacturer (He's only a 7 hour drive away, each way, in the winter. Ahh the joys of living in the middle of nowhere.) and he made it out on Tuesday. The furnace is still under warranty and Tumbleweed was terrific about taking care of everything. They really have been a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend their customer service on both sides of buying a house from them.

If you happen to be in the greater Yellowstone area and in need of work on a furnace, I also would highly recommend calling Marty of Park County RV, Inc. (1-866-627-4678). He is very helpful and knowledgeable. He showed up, pulled the furnace out of it's very tiny space with assistance from a good friend of mine, and got everything working again in short order. Now my house is nice and toasty again. I'm so glad there are people who know how to do all kinds of things I know nothing about!


  1. I realize this is an old post but I just have to wonder ... in the case of an emergency like this one, couldn't you just turn on the oven and open the oven door?! We have a 38' camper and one night our generator ran out of gas at 1am. When we woke up in the morning, it was 36° IN THE CAMPER!! Hubby turned on our oven and opened the oven door to at least get the chill out of the air. Then we quickly drove into a nearby town and purchased a Mr. Heater to use on one of our extra tanks ... like this one http://tinyurl.com/jfpfzh8. While it's not supposed to be used indoors, in the event of an emergency, it's a Godsend!!! Just a thought.

  2. I could but sadly my oven is a model that uses and electric ignition bar to run the oven. Meaning that it draws a lot of power the entire time the oven is on despite burning propane. Now I do have a triple backup system with my vented propane heater, my radiant propane heater, and a wood stove. No more freezing in here ever!

  3. I've been there before as well, with no help or prospects of repair in view until after the weekend was over. There really is nothing worse than feeling sick, recovering, then having the worry of becoming sick again due to freezing within your structure. I don't know if the above comments are always suggestible, for they should come with a warning to always keep an eye on the stove as it is running.

    Ambrose @ Brown & Reaves Services, Inc.