When he took the heating system apart, he found a significant buildup of dust and other contaminants within the inner workings
The cold weather arrived much earlier than usual this year. I wasn’t prepared. One day the outdoor temperature was in the fifties with blue skies and sunshine, and the next day it dropped below freezing with snowfall. I was suddenly in a rush to put away the barbecue and patio furniture. The lawn mower and pool pump needed to be winterized. I had to find the snow shovels, make sure the snow blower was working and haul out the winter coats and boots. Although I immediately turned up the thermostat, I never gave more than a passing thought to scheduling service for the furnace. I noticed that the first blast of warm air from the vents smelled like burning lint and hoped it would go away. The weather steadily worsened as the weeks went by. We experienced one of the coldest winters on records. The temperature hit negative twenty-five degrees. We also accumulated an unprecedented amount of snowfall. The furnace struggled to keep up with demand. It seemed to be running non stop. The house felt slightly chilly at night and yet my monthly heating bills were atrocious. The furnace finally quit completely during the middle of a January blizzard. It was extremely difficult finding an HVAC contractor who would even agree to come to the house for repairs. I had no choice but to pay overtime fees. When he took the heating system apart, he found a significant buildup of dust and other contaminants within the inner workings. He told me that the accumulation of dirt was what had caused the malfunction.