winter arrived especially early this year! One day, the temperature was in the low sixties and the next, it plummeted below freezing, my buddy and I went from green skies and sunlight to clouds and endless snowfall! I had not yet gotten around to scheduling maintenance for the boiler when it was necessary to raise the temperature control setting.
I noticed that the boiler made some unusual noises and the smell of burning hair and dust spewed from the vents.
I should have immediately called a local Heating and Air Conditioning contractor and stressed service, unfortunately, I was way too busy trying to prepare the home for the unexpected arrival of winter conditions. I needed to put away the barbecue, patio furniture, pool pump and sod mower. I started hauling my family’s winter coats, boots and accessories down from the attic, located the snow shovels and ice scrapers and purchased rock salt. I called to schedule a snow plowing repair for the driveway. I went around and made sure all of the windows were shut officially and added a bit of caulk here and there. I ignored all of the warning signs of boiler failure; The boiler eventually quit at the end of January, because of an outdoor temperature of twelve degrees, I had no choice however to pay extra for emergency repairs on a weekend. The serviceman who diagnosed the boiler told me that the cause of the malfunction was a significant buildup of dust on the inner workings. The problem could have been prevented with a tune-up in the fall. I was fortunate that the boiler overheating didn’t crack the heat exchanger and necessitate a full system replacement.