After having a couple conversations concerning *noises,,( you know,, things that go Bump in the night), I thought I would pass on some humor on this subject.
While deep in slumber all tucked tight under warm blankets,, the furnace set at a comfortable 68 degrees. Then in a slight sleep and not quite awake you hear a *tink,,tink,tink, You brush it off not thinking about it and attempt to drift off to la la land. Then that little tink, tink,tink, turns into a twangy clank clank clank. You roll over on your back to make sense of that sound, You lazily open one eye and try to figure out what that noise could be,, You scroll through the rolo dex in your brain over normal and not so normal noises associated with living full time in an RV. Clank,clank,clank as the noise continues, and your steadily studying all things that could relate to that noise. You cancell out a loose license plate, a/c shroud cover, hub cap,and neighbors cat.Then, You get BAM grinding clank clank clunk. Imagine a spoon in an industrial blender on puree". You abruptly lean up, Blankets getting flown to the floor at the foot of the bed,, you jump up and the 1st thing goes through your half asleep semi functioning brain is what the &%$#@ was that? In the semi awake startled mode you run into the living room area and there is that ear defining noise, But where the heck is it comming from? Hey,,, sounds like its comming from the furnace area,, so you quickly switch the thermostat on the wall to OFF, and wait,, and wait,,, and wait some more,,, That 10 second cool down seems to take forever as you hear critical parts of equiptment getting ground up. I know its only approx 10 seconds for cool down and shut off,,, it feels like its tomorrow when it does finally shut off... then that crunching destroying sound finally comes to a stop. Yup,,,, That noise was definitly the furnace motor, or approximate general location. And with the noise that it was emmitting,, you know deep down that its going to be very expensive,,,, just the sound had dollar bills with double digits written all over it. As you contimplate and visualize what kind of damage that noise resulted in,,, you start visioning your fate,, Its colder then a well diggers destination outside,, and there is a slight chill inside. You listen as the wind howls, blowing that frigid cold wind directly at Your RV,, and only yours,, no one elses,, cuz thats not how Murphys law works. You wonder how the neighbors will find you frozen,, whether sitting on the couch or curled up in the bed with frozen blankets wrapped around you like a burrito wrap... Your sitting there and you think you see the 1st signs of freezing, as you see your breath.
You feel it getting colder,, the temp has dropped from a comfortable 68 degrees to a near dangerous temp of 67,,,, its only a matter of time now. You get up and make a sammich,, thinking this is your last meal,, you pour yourself a cup of coffee to fend off the cold,,, You look at the clock,,, its 5:15 a/m,,, You think to yourself,, you have a good couple hours left,,, you look at the thermometer again and notice it has dropped to 66 degrees,,,,, you almost panic as you take a bite out of your sammich and take a sip of warm coffee,,, You jump up and grab your journal,,,, You need to make notes and document your last hours...You finish your sammich and coffee and start pacing,, deeply thinking about the last few hours you have left,,,, Its 6:45 and the temps have dropped even more,,, its 65 degrees,,,, its dangerously cold now,,, you feel the old bones stiffening up,,, the dry throat,, the slight shivers.... counting down the time... Your sitting there just waiting for the frost to appear on your eye lashes and the frost bite to set in... tick tock, tick tock,, You doze off,,,,
You startle yourself awake with a slight chill running down your back and look around,,,, its now 8:20 a/m,,, its 64 degrees,, You walk over to the window to take one last look out the window to see if it has snowed.. Nope,,, green grass and bright sunshine. Oh great,,, Its sunny and freezing out. You glance out the window at the thermometer mounted outside the window and its 67 degrees out.. You turn the TV on to check local weather and the news guy says its going to be a wonderful day,, highs close to 77. You get a huge smile on your face,,, You have survived a brutal winters night... Then the sad reality of the original situation comes flooding back into your mind,, The Furnace,,,,, You ponder, what worse,,, freezing or the impending cost of the repairs to that poor old furnace, Then as you enjoy a second cup of coffee,, is then and only then, you realize you have back up electric heaters,, so, You do what has to be done and smack yourself on the back of the head for not even thinking about that.
As Fred Stanford would say,,, ya big dummy.
Anywho,,, that *noise turned out to be the sail switch in the squirrel housing of the furnace.. it made contact with the spinning fins and thats all she wrote.
I know I have a warped sense of humor,, but I hope you enjoyed wasting 14 minutes of your time reading this.
and with that said,, Always have a back up plan,, think safe and be safe.