It is 6:45 p.m. I am so tired I can barely move. I need sleep. I can’t go to bed right now. If for some reason I should manage to sleep the full 7 hours my body requires, I’ll be wide awake before 2 a.m. Bad, bad, idea. Even if my body decided to take an extra hour to make up for the past several sleep disturbed nights, I’d be awake before 3 a.m. Still a bad idea.
I can’t sleep because of my furnace. The thermostat keeps sticking and even after the blower stops blowing the thing keeps running. The noise is irksome, and my fear of the coming power bill motivates me to wake, roll across the bed, sit up, lean over and give the wall a good whack. The thermostat, on the other side of that wall, unsticks. Then I snuggle back down to sleep for another 30 to 45 minutes until I have to do it again.
I’d leave the furnace off, but I don’t think I’d sleep any better shivering then I do listening to the unit run. As to having theÂ thermostat replaced — I am renting a circa 1970 mobile home. It is actually scheduled for destruction sometime next summer. Minor repairs are still being made on all the units, but major repairs result in tenant moves – -they’d just relocate me to another trailer. Well, from what I’ve seen, I already live in one of the better units.
Besides, I am planning on moving away from Las Vegas next summer. I don’t want to move now, then in a couple of months move again. Packing and unpacking is not one of my favorite things. And then there’s the fact that by mid-March I won’t need the heater anyway.
You know, something just occurred to me — the furnace hasn’t stuck once this evening. During the day I lower the thermostat to 40F. Since our daily temp is in the low 60’s, I figure that’s safe, the unit won’t run while I’m not home. Tonight I only turned it up to 65F, rather than my customary 69F. It comes on. It goes off. I may actually get some sleep! I can’t believe the fix was that easy.
Now, if only I can stay awake until at least 8 p.m.