I couldn’t believe what I was seeing
Last week, the weather around here really started cooling off fast. As a matter of fact, the temperature dropped so fast overnight that the rain started freezing on the trees. I wasn’t really expecting the sudden change in temperature, and neither was my husband. We hadn’t even had our regular HVAC maintenance and service done yet, and so our furnace wasn’t exactly what you would call ready for the winter season. We tried to turn on our heating system since the temperature in the house dropped pretty quickly, but the furnace just wouldn’t turn on. When I turned the temperature on the thermostat up, it just clicked and nothing happened. No matter what I did, there was no nice heated air coming up through the heating vents. My husband decided to go down to the furnace room in the basement and see what he could figure out. Even though I told him not to mess with the furnace, he started puttering around with the oil furnace anyway. By the time he was finished in the basement, there was black smoke coming through the heating ducts in the hallway by the thermostat. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Then he ran upstairs, closed the door, and he said for me to get the HVAC company on the phone as soon as I could. It seems that my husband ended up tearing up our oil furnace completely, and we had to end up buying a whole new heating system! Next time, we are definitely going to call an HVAC professional in the first place.