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February 17, 2014

Points East: A sweet deal on fixing the furnace

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

 Loretta pulled out the yellow pages on Saturday morning and commenced calling.  Several repair places said they could send somebody out but it was gonna cost at least $125 just to see if they could figure out what was wrong and they were not willing to guarantee they could fix it.

 Several of them swore straight up and down that our HVAC system was obsolete and the only solution was to get a new one and they’d be glad to get right on that sometime next week if we had 10 thousand dollars lying around that we didn’t need for anything else. 

 Anyway after getting the runaround from well over half a dozen other places, Loretta finally made contact with Mary Barnett at Barnett’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Berea.  To make a long story short, Ms. Barnett told her that she’d send somebody out, because her guys did work on Saturday and, if he couldn’t fix the problem, there would be no charge

 Within the hour, a fellow, dressed in heavy, winter,  coveralls named Paul Anderson, was knocking on our door.  By this time Chris and Lo had fired up “ole stinky,” our kerosene heater that hadn’t been used in three years and he was living up to his name in the kitchen. 

 Paul didn’t waste a lot of time on small talk but headed straight to the basement where he dismantled the big, green box and figured out, just as I had thought,  that the blower motor bearings had in fact locked up and the only solution was a new motor that would probably cost about $300, but he wouldn’t be able to get it in until Monday.

 But he said, “I may have a used one in the shop that will last a while.  I’ll call you back if I find anything that’ll work.

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