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Give me air…conditining

Shortly after our sons semi accident our air conditioner stopped working, the pipes just starts over freezing, and it’s only eight years old. I’m like “seriously”!!!! I never want to think “what else could happen” but, I was thinking it. It just seems that sometimes life is full of thorns. A series of unfortunate events can really get you down sometimes.

My husband and I are thinking we just need some freon or whatever that chemical is that they are using now. Oh no…it couldn’t be that simple. The “A” coil under the furnace was rusted out and leaking. We already knew we had to have a new furnace before winter –  it was twenty-five years old (I’m telling you the truth it really was 25 years old – we had a beast of a furnace, a Rheem). We had even already had two HVAC companies scheduled to come out in September for furnace estimates. We had a few choices to make now.

1) Just replace the ‘A’ coil under the furnace, but it would have to “match” the current air conditioning system that wouldn’t be exchangeable when it completely breaks down in the next few years, because of the new Government laws regarding freon. We were told by more than one company that when that happens we would need a new ‘A’ coil to match the new air conditioner that we would be getting then. Ugh!!

2) Just replace everything now. The new air conditioner and matching ‘A’ coil would all be in line with the new Government regulations. If they replaced both air and furnace they would “match”. They would have a ten-year service warranty and a two-year parts warranty.

We ended up going with a completely new HVAC system for a few reasons.

1) It will cheaper to do it all at once and we would have “matching” system.

2) They have to replace some of the vent system – more Government regulations regarding higher efficient heating systems.

3) The ‘A’ coil sits under our furnace so when it needs to be replaced again they would have to take the furnace out to get to it…we would endure extra labor costs with that.

In the last couple of weeks I’d say I’ve learned a lot more about HVAC systems than I ever wanted to know. Then again, knowledge is power. My husband and I got on-line checked out reviews for Trane vs. Carrier systems (those were our choices here in our area). We had four different estimates, so we also compared all of the different model numbers of each system.

We ended up going with a local company called Masters, Van Valer. They offered the models we wanted for the best price, changed out the breakers and replaced the flue system to it would be up to the new code. They’ve been in business for a long time and we just felt good about they way they worked when they came to give us the estimates.

We went with the Trane system and I’m here to tell you, I don’t remember our house EVER being this cold, especially in the upstairs rooms. We are so happy to know that when winter comes along we aren’t going to have to worry about our furnace going out either (last year we had two blizzards and extremely cold temperatures – let me tell you we had our fireplace running all winter long and praying our furnace wouldn’t go out).

Here are pictures…everything is s quiet and clean. (I just love it)

20140830_084058 Trane XV95         20140830_085114 Trane XR17

So the moral of this story is…if you need an HVAC system do your research and get a lot of estimates. Don’t leave out the local companies, they usually offer better prices and are a lot more friendly to work with.~Bam

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Semi’s and Cars Don’t Mix

First, I have to say sorry…It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.

A couple of weeks ago our son was on his way to school for a 6pm class on the North side of Indianapolis and the quickest way to get there realistically is by interstate. My husband and I are at Subway having our sandwiches made and I get THE call. “J”: “Mom, I’ve been hit by a semi – what’s the number to the police?” ME: “call 911” “J”: “Well, it’s not an emergency. What’s the non-emergency number?” ME: “Any accident on the highway is an emergency”. We grab our food and head toward the highway. That’s definitely one call you don’t want to get from your child – no matter how old they are.

Luckily, traffic was going very slowly and there was a city policeman behind them on the interstate. He didn’t see the accident but he did see them both trying to pull over and he was nice enough to help with that and he stayed until the State Trooper came along and gave my son the non-emergency number to the state police. By the time we got there everyone was at the side of the road and they were exchanging insurance and driver’s license information.

IMG_20140729_181240_936  Really this is the extent of the damage. Thankfully, God was watching over him. The tire is GONE, it had two huge holes in it and the hubcap was smashed beyond repair. Amazingly, the underbelly wasn’t damaged at all.

Which brings me to why I’m sharing this in the first place. Jacob had been feeling a little down lately, About a week before this happened he said he felt like he’d been abandoned by God. What does one say to that?? I’m sure a lot of us feel that way at one time or another in our lives. I just really didn’t know what to say to him other than that.

Sometimes he’ll tell me things, not really looking for conversation, but, to just let me know how he’s feeling.

This made me think about this comment he’d made to me. If God had abandoned him I truly believe this could have been a lot worse, even deadly. I’m not saying all of this because I want to debate “religion” with anyone. I’m just letting you know how I personally feel about things. I don’t believe God abandons any of us. If anything we abandon Him. I do not have an answer as to why bad things happen to us. It’s just a part of life. I was talking to “J” after all of this happened and even he realized God was definitely watching over him.

IMG_20140729_182144_849  The semi didn’t have any damage at all, just a little bit of white paint on his big ol’ tire. (wow those things are ginormous)

I am so thankful that the semi driver and my son were both fine. I’m also thankful the semi driver actually pulled over.

P1010263 The semi driver’s insurance paid for the car to be fixed…Yippee.

What a beautiful new front end you have….Thanks Jamco!!. We had gotten a couple of estimates on our own and my husband told the insurance company he’d prefer a ‘cash’ settlement. They worked completely with us. I wouldn’t say they were the fastest, but, in the end it all worked out just fine.