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Our 10-year-old furnace died yesterday and is unfixable because Lennox doesn't make a replacement heat exchanger for that model anymore. What a scam -- imagine having to buy a new car because Chevy stopped making carburetors for your 2011 Chevette. I know that's a bad analogy because no Chevette ever lasted 10 years but you get the idea.

That's the bad news. The good news is our impeccable timing -- we are 9 years and 11 months into the 10-year warranty so we get a replacement furnace for free. Even better, there is no equivalent model in stock, so we are getting an upgrade furnace. That'll teach Lennox to stop making parts to force people into buying new furnaces prematurely!

But there's more bad news -- we have to pay $3500 for the labor on the installation. The good news is that we won't have to waste any time arguing about where our stimulus payment is going.

--fleg

P.S. After four days without heat or lights from the ice storm, a heat-free weekend with highs around 50 and lows around 39 will be a piece of cake.
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