Our Heat and its Various Complications



7:30 a.m.

The boiler conked out a few days after we moved in. So now I’m sitting on a heating pad while I write this because it’s 34 degrees outside but inside it feels like 20. I’m wearing many layers, and it still feels like 20 degrees.

The Skokie Valley Air Control will be here in about twenty minutes to get the heat going. The President of our Board says it should take around 3 and 1/2 more hours before we get heat. We’ll also get two radiators to replace one that’s not working and the other that simply wasn’t there.

8:20 a.m.

The men are here to install our two refurbished radiators. Meanwhile, our cat Scoutie, is hissing. The men are moving our dining room furniture while I tried to nail just one picture into our plaster walls. Seems like we’ll need to drill into the wall first.

I see the men are staring at the dining room radiator. Now I hear them discussing where to put the old radiator and how to get it out of our condo. There’s a lot of discussion going on now about how to get the radiator off the floor and where to put it.

8:50 a.m.

The old radiator is on a big dolly as they wheel it out the back door. The back door is open now and the cold air is coming in. Better turn up my heating pad.

Now the new radiator is installed. But the floorboard next and beneath it needs work.

Our New Dining Room Radiator

As I move into the living room, I see the old radiator cover is still there. I’m sure they will remove it once they get the old radiator on their trunk.

Now I’m musing why we moved in this weather. Buy this condo “talked” to us. It’s got large dark molding, wood floors, a few curved archways, two large closets and large bedrooms. So large we now need more furniture!

9:15 a.m.

The back door is now open as they bring in a new radiator. It’s a reconditioned aluminum radiator.

Now that the old radiator is out, I decided to sweep the dirt away. But it’s not dirt. In fact the molding behind the radiator is ruined and floor beneath is gray, likely from the heat. Somehow, we’ll have to fix this.

9:30 a.m.

Got a call about the delivery of our new appliances. Seems they still had the date of delivery set for this week. So I had to push back the date to January 17th, two weeks after our new kitchen floor will be in.

This causes a new wrinkle. I’ve let the man who is going to install the floor know about this date. He says, “We can see how it goes. Let’s leave it alone for now.”

10:00 a.m.

Since this is an old building, there’s a metal plate in the wall in our living room. Around it are holes in the wall. So the wife of the President of the Board brought in a guy to take out the plate and fix the wall.

Metal Plate in the Wall

The problem is he can’t take out the plate without leaving a gaping hole in our large, brown floorboard. However, he said he will find some kind of solution even though we’ll still have the metal plate.

10:15 a.m.

I was about to drive to the store. But Air Control truck is blocking the garage. Guess I’ll wait.

10:30 a.m.

We’ve been promised we’ll have heat soon.

1:30 p.m. We have heat!

New Boiler!


Our Boiler Situation

It all began with our inspector who didn’t note or put in his report that the boiler in our building is old and ready to conk out. In other words, he didn’t estimate the lifespan of our boiler.

The average lifespan of a boiler is 10 to 15 years. But our boiler is older than that. In fact, it’s 20 years old! The inspector should have noted this, and of course he didn’t. Which means he’s culpable for at least part, if not all, of our cost of a new boiler.

Additionally, we had to call the Skokie Air Control people because the radiator in our dining room isn’t working. He found out it has a huge hole in it, another thing our inspector didn’t see or put in his report. Also there’s no radiator in the master bedroom. The Air Control guy said the previous owner must have stolen it. I believe it just wasn’t working and the previous owner had it taken out.

Now we have buy two new radiators and pay a portion of the new boiler. The President of our Board is doing everything he can to get us a new boiler and by next week we should have one. However, for the length of the time it’s being put in – a full day – we’ll have no heat. So we’ve had to buy a new heater.

Meanwhile, we’ve contacted our lawyer to get compensation from our inspector. This means we have to supply him with the cost of the new boiler, the radiators and the new heater we need to buy so we can recourse from the inspector.

On the plus side, we still have heat but it’s sporadic. Plus our new boiler will use less gas and less water. This is a great benefit to the building and our association fees.

If there are any other complications with our boiler – old or new – I’ll keep you posted.

Signing off now…..

Sue Powers