ANYTHING "could" fail without warning.
But your thermostat DID NOT.
In fact, it didn't "fail" at all. Neither did it give no warning.
Instead, it warned you that it had a low battery. How long were you
planning on going on vacation for? If it was only 2 weeks or so, it
probably would have still been saying "low battery" when you got back.
Do you get this hysterical about everything?
BTW, I note that your original post said something like you "had to"
go on vacation. Interesting passive aggressiv phrasing. Like to make
sure everybody knows you did nothing voluntarily, so therefore nothing
could possibly your "fault"?
It's always a good idea to have someone check up on your house while
away. We have someone water the plants and feed the fish once a
week. A quick check covers a host of emergency situations. Having
trusted neighbors makes a good place to live.
On 23 Dec 2003 16:33:15 GMT, Ignoramus28269
I'd dump that insurance and buy something reasonable. More
reasonable insurance isn't sold for your area? Then, there
are probably all sorts of idiotic regulations and I would
move to a state that has a least some intelligent
At a higher price? - yes.
It's not so bad to find someone who can look in - we are on good
terms with our neighbours. For longer periods, we get someone
to stay over - nieces or nephews do it to be on their own for a
while. No party disasters so far.
I don't live in a state and I don't think any legislators have
dictated the terms of the home insurance I have. YMMV
That's fine for you, but my summer house is in an area where there are next
to no year round residents, probably one year round for every ten to fifteen
seasonal places. That makes for on busy, pissed off neighbor in my eyes.
Ahhh, the cottage - hadn't thought of that, since I don't own one. Friends
of mine usually pay someone to look in regularly. In one case, a permanent
resident on a small road looks after all the houses on the road. Part of
walking the dog. It's about a kilometer stretch with a dozen or so lakeside
cottages. Such retirees often don't mind the extra few $ a month for an
easy task. These are year-round cottages on a road plowed in winter.
Where there's a will (and a few $) there's a way. And those $ may be cheaper
and more useful than a different insurance policy.
I have a heat thermostat wired in parallel with the digital thermostat,
and a AC thermostat in series with it. This way if the temperature goes
above 24C the furnace will shut down (provided it's a control fault), or
below 10C the furnace will fire up.
Also, when we go away for more than a few days I shut off the pump, and
drain the pressure system. I then throw a couple thick blankets over the
pump and pressure tank. Down in the basement, it'd take a couple of weeks
to freeze anyways. (Basement is usually the last place to freeze up)
If you read your house insurance policy, you will most likely find a clause
that says you MUST have the house checked at least once every 48 or 72 hours
to ensure that there are no leaks and that the heat is still running. If you
don't have the house checked by someone, and you cannot prove you did, the
insurance company will walk away from you, refusing to pay any claims if
there is any damage caused by the things that they say must be checked.
Bull shit. What kind of insurance, $24 a year for a
$100,000 house? Than isn't insurance, it is a legal
agreement to regulate your life style, and it isn't
reasonable. People are away from their houses longer than
that on a regular basis.
Eric Tonks wrote:
Not likely, since read it periodically and just finished
reading it. I might be surprised by the way they interpret
some phrases. Insurance is primarily for fire and other
destruction of the house, theft, and liability. So lots of
things are not covered. And, Yes, if you have broken pipes
and water ruins the house from freezing, it isn't covered.
If you get freezing damage and the house was heated, they
will pay. But my policy makes no demands on how often you
check on the house, or how long you are gone.
I was surprised by a friend who showed me that the tries on
her new Explorer were not covered for road damage (she got a
puncture from the a rock and the rock stuck in the tire).
Surprised me too that there is no road hazard coverage for
the original tires on my truck (3 years old). Cheap, but
can't avoid it with new cars. However, I would never buy a
tire that didn't have a road hazard warrantee.
Eric Tonks wrote:
Yeah ... and I've been trying to get my wife to buy the line that my not
wanting to do the dishes and dust furniture is "an act of God," seeing
that no other hetero guy in history has ever been predisposed to do such
things. But she ain't biting.
But Lord forbid that there be some big spider on the ceiling that needs
squishing or someone has to drag their ass up a ladder to scoop out all
the squishy, mucky leaves and whirlygigs out of the gutters wice a year.
You mean one that will never, ever fail?
I doubt it. Even an old style totally mechanical one which uses no
power at all can fail.
The water pipes could if it got cold enough which in turn could have
caused them to burst. But shit happens!
What would happen if the fan motor on your furnace failed while you
were away instead of the thermostat? Same thing.
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