I live in a warmer temperature area, and only need to run my oil furnace for a few months out of the year, if at all, but because of this, I rarely worry about our oil furnace, as it has always turned on when I needed it to.
Last fall, however, we had an unusually cold weekend, and when I went to turn our oil furnace on, I only felt cold air coming out of our vents.
Naturally, I did what I always do when something breaks, and turned to YouTube, the person in the video made it look straight-forward enough- detach the defective part, replace it with a new one, and the oil furnace should be working like new, however I went to the hardware store and obtained the replacement part, and removing the defective part was easy, and when I got the new piece in, however, my oil furnace was still blowing cold air. I spent the rest of the day watching more YouTube videos and buying more HVAC parts, but I couldn’t get my oil furnace to come back on. That night my family had to sleep with the space heaters on just to stay warm. That morning, I finally decided to call our local HVAC provider, and ask for help. They were able to send out an HVAC worker suddenly, and he had our oil furnace warming our home in no time. The HVAC worker told me that the best way to prevent that from happening again was to schedule proper inspection and repair of our system. Next time something breaks, I will skip the YouTube videos, and call a professional instantly.
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