Mid winter HVAC scare could have been avoided

I live a life that has near instant karma.

This is both a good thing and a bad thing.

It’s good that I don’t have a bunch of accountability hanging over my head for dumb or poor choices. But man, I make a mistake or something and I get the swift reaction. Like this past fall, I kept meaning to call for the HVAC maintenance. Normally, I like to have the HVAC technician come out and do the heating maintenance in October. Turned out that this fall was particularly intense and I let the HVAC service slip through the cracks. And when I did finally remember again after Thanksgiving, I rationalized that we could take a year without HVAC maintenance on the gas furnace. Well, hello karma once again. I was sound asleep during one of the coldest nights of the year. It was just after midnight when I was awakened by a terrible thud in the basement. I knew, probably instinctively, that it was the gas furnace. By the time I got to the basement, I found the furnace shut down and hissing almost because it was so hot. Like I said, it was bitter, bitter cold and no space heater was going to keep the house warm. I had no choice but to call for emergency HVAC service. The HVAC repairman on call was really great actually. He had a super attitude for someone who had been called out on such a wickedly cold night. Turns out, the problem with the furnace would have been caught with normal HVAC maintenance. But it ended up costing me hundreds of dollars that night. This is what I mean by instant karma.

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