Winter time arrived unusually early and without much warning this year, one morning the temperature was in the high sixties and the next it plunged down below freezing; The people I was with and I were only at the end of November and already there was a hard frost and many inches of snow expected! I should have made the seasonal upkeep of the oil furnace a priority on our list of things I like to do doing.
Instead, I simply started it up and hoped for the best.
The furnace made a weird sound when it kicked on and the air pouring from the vents odored love burnt hair. I was counting on it working out those concerns on its own because I had so much to do. I still needed to winterize the pool pump, put away the patio furniture and cover up the barbecue grill. I needed to buy rock salt, find the snow shovels and arrange for plowing our driveway. I also had to switch our Summer clothes and shoes out for Winter time boots, knitted hats, gloves and wool coats. I made sure all the windows were shut narrow and checked to see if any caulking needed to be done, however meanwhile, the weather continued to worsen and the oil furnace struggled. I turned up the temperature control many times! Eventually, the oil furnace simply quit, leaving myself and others no choice but to call for professional service; When the HVAC supplier took the heating component apart, she showed myself and others the disgusting buildup of dust and debris within the inner workings. She said that the malfunction could have been prevented with a quick and inextravagant tune-up in the fall. Instead, I paid a large repair bill.