…has been an undependable pain in my ass all winter long, and night before last it stopped working entirely.
It’s been temperamental since the beginning of the season – not always lighting right away when the thermostat cued it, occasionally not lighting at all and sending me down diagnostic blind alleys only to irrationally start working fine again for no apparent reason. One other time I thought there was a bubble in the line, which has happened before, bled the line and got the heater to immediately start working again – so I tried that yesterday after the woodstove fire went out even though there was no logical reason for a line bubble. Didn’t help.
Needless to say I won’t die without the bedroom heater…
…it’s not the main source of cabin heat. But it sure is nice: So nice that after it came online in the winter of 2017-2018 I immediately abandoned my pledge to only use it during emergency cold nights. It was nice having every morning NOT be a test of character until the woodstove got effective.
Plus, the timing really sucked. My daughter and granddaughter are scheduled to come visit at the end of next week, and it’s just not a great time for one of the Lair’s principal comfort features to go on strike.
But this is the world I live in. Uncle Murphy always gets a vote, and since I have no idea how I’d get an HVAC technician out here the bedroom heater had apparently declared itself a wall ornament.
This morning I woke up with a thought. It wasn’t a very logical thought…
After breakfast and the long morning walkie I took it off the wall, checked the wires to the heater – fine – and put it back on. The batteries – AAA, of course – are newly replaced and anyway you know when they fail. I put it back on its bracket – lined up the connectors – it seemed to be fully in place but I gave it one last push just to be sure – and it clicked into place with an air of finality.
Is it possible I just didn’t seat the thing right when I changed the batteries in the autumn? That all this time I’ve been dealing with an intermittent connection? Because that would be dumb. And also great.
I switched the thermostat to heat. Nothing happened – of course not, Joel, it’s set to 55 and now reads 59. I reset it to above 60 … and the heater immediately lit with no slightest drama or hesitation.
Are. You. F’ing. KIDDING me.