It wasn’t too long ago that I walked right into a honestly frigid house.
The winter hadn’t easily hit full on quite yet but, the heating and A/C heat was kicking on consistently.
It was quite evident that the oil furnace should have been on that day. I checked to make sure that the heating plus A/C was getting electricity. That checked out but, I couldn’t get the furnace to come on. Once I looked a bit closer, I thought I saw an area that appeared to be burned out. This when I should have stopped and called the HVAC professionals. Instead, I decided that maybe I could pull the area and replace it myself. This is what I decided to do. It wasn’t too hard to find the area that looked similar in the hardware store. By the time I got home, I had the HVAC up and heating within minutes. I thought I had just saved myself on an HVAC service call. Little did I know that I, in fact, had just incurred a immense HVAC cost for me. The oil furnace shut down again a few nights later however this time with much more drama and noise. I called the HVAC people and they came out but there wasn’t great news. The area I replaced was inferior and had failed badly which led to the core of the oil furnace to crack. I had ruined the oil furnace and by doing the work on it I did, I had voided the warranty as well. The cost of replacing the heating and A/C all fell on me and I promise you, it was a bitter pill to swallow.