Monday, February 12, 2018
Monday Mystery Mischief
Lightning here today with a real Whodunit Mystery for you.
I decided that I will be the spokesperson today because we ALL know that I am incapable of performing mischief on Monday or any day (stop that snickering).
So let me set the scene for you. Late Friday afternoon Mom came home from the grandbipeds and thought it felt cold in the house. She checked the thermostat for the first floor and saw that it was correctly registering the 68 degrees F at which it was set. BUT there was a flashing red light on the screen and a message that said there was an important alert. Following the instructions on the screen, Mom discovered that the outside temperature sensor attached to one of our heat pumps was malfunctioning and showing the outside temperature to be -40 degrees F, MINUS 40???? Within a few minutes the temperature showing on the screen dropped to 66, then a few minutes later, back to 68, and repeat. She called the company that takes care of our furnaces and a/c units because she surely did not want to be without heat for the weekend with the frigid temps we have been having.
Long story short, the technician arrived after 6:00 p.m. and so it was dark outside. We don't have any photos of the problem but suffice it to say that it involved some chewing.
We have two units outside, one for each level of the house. See all those wires. Well, some one of them is attached to a temperature sensor that has to be exposed so it correctly registers the outside temperature. That reading transmits to the system to let it know if our heat should be running on the heat pumps (temps higher than 35 degrees) or switching on the furnaces in the basement. Some "critter" or "pest" had chewed through the wires on one of the sensors. And so the system was terribly confused. Luckily the technician was able to install a new sensor even though it was very dark out there.
The technician actually suggested that it might have been one of the dogs!!!! Misty and Timber were not confessing to anything. After all, there is NO first hand evidence. What about all those pesky rabbits and squirrels that we try to chase out of our yard all the time???
So what do YOU think? Squirrel? Rabbit? Is Timber guilty? Misty? Or maybe a Duo Chewing Contest? I am going to remain neutral - there is nothing to be gained by me if I make an accusation. I am just happy that Mom KNOWS it wasn't ME!!!
If you look behind me in the photos, you can see Mom's crazy remedy so this doesn't happen again - she wired two of those no-sibe fences together for some height and put them on both sides of the units to keep us out - what about those squirrels and rabbits? They can slip through in a nanosecond!!! And one other glitch for her - the ground is too hard for her to push the fences through the frozen soil:) She needs a BIG warmup:)
The good news is that it was nice and warm inside for the peeps. Now what WE want is a big snowstorm like our friend Abby in Chicago got.
Woos - Lightning (Misty and Timber too)