If you haven’t already, now’s a better time than ever to get your furnace a good overhaul. Pull out that smart phone that you love so very much and locate a good plumber.
Now, I know what you’re thinking “call a plumber? Nah, I’ll just check it out myself. And besides, what good would a plumber do”. Trust me when I say it is in you & your family’s best interest to call a professional. And I recommend a plumber—mainly for safety but also because our plumbing, heating, ventilation & air conditioning systems are so intertwined. Plumbers these days generally do it all. Here’s a little story to help elaborate.
Last year I decided to not have my furnace serviced prior to winter. I know, it happens to the best of us sometimes.
My wife, Karen, pleaded with me to make that call and reminded me how hard it is to break icicles off the shower head. My children, Ellen and Nate, pleaded with me so they didn’t have to brush snow or frost off the Christmas tree every morning before school. I’m pretty sure even the dog pleaded with me. As usual, I didn’t listen.
You see I’m a Taurus, the ram, and was born under the year of the boar. My folks like to say that makes me doubly pig-headed when it comes to changing my mind. And unfortunately for me, they’re right 99 out of 100 times.
Good news is I’m man enough to admit when I’ve made a mistake, long after the fact. And this is one of those times.
One Saturday morning, after reassuring my wife, children, and dog that I knew exactly what I was doing, I entered the basement. The furnace stood before me, encased in the dim morning shadows, a hulking monolith, square and black. I’m pretty sure I heard music playing somewhere and I felt the urge to pick up a stick and start smashing things, but I resisted. That time at least.
I opened the furnace and remembered that the instructions were written in Klingon. It was alright though, there were hieroglyphs etched into the door.
After perfectly following the instructions down to even walking like an Egyptian, I lit the pilot light. A warm rush of air flowed out and I closed the door. I smiled as I walked out of the basement.
“And you said I couldn’t do it,” I told Karen. I switched the heat on and almost immediately black smoke poured out of all of the vents.
“I can fix this,” I said as I ran downstairs knowing the best I could do was to turn the furnace off. A few days later a cold spell hit and our pipes froze. A Google search for “furnace repair” returned a number of plumbers and it hit me that the best person to call was a plumber.
So, learn from my mistake. Don’t do it yourself, unless you happen to be fluent in Klingon and ancient Egyptian. Call in an expert. Call a plumber.
By Andrew Whittaker
Andrew is passionate about writing articles that help people find services they’re looking for such as plumbers who can help you maintain the best furnace Utah has ever seen. In his free time, Andrew writes fantasy novels.