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November 13th, 2013

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Turning on furnace gets cool reception

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK


            This has been the fourth year out of the last five when my furnace didn’t want to work in the fall. Who can blame it, really? My internal energy source also goes out this time of year.

            My house is heated by water—not steam, but hot water that circulates through radiators. Downstairs it’s the nicest, most even heat
I’ve ever had. On the second floor … well, it doesn’t get to the second floor. It used to. There’s one radiator up there, and it compares to the others the way a weak early January sun compares to a clear August day when the sun strips your skin off.
           My furnace dates back to the mid 70’s. According to my research, that makes the boiler just middle aged, by hot water furnace standards. But I’m also middle aged, and some days I can barely make it down the stairs to where the heat is. Has my furnace been eating donuts for breakfast, ice cream for lunch, and Mountain Dew for supper, the way I did before my wife beat me into submission? Is it possible it needs … I don’t know … maintenance? (For those who don’t know, maintenance is that stuff other people do in their homes. I’ve been meaning to try it.)Collapse )

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