We were going through one of the coldest winters yet when my HVAC unit started behaving weirdly.
The bad kind of weird.
I came home from a lunch meeting with a friend only to find my house freezing. So naturally, I switched on the boiler unit. It usually took less than 15 minutes before feeling the change in temperatures. Today, it took 45minutes, and even then the temperature was not moderate enough as I still had my jacket on. Some rooms were taking longer to warm than others despite having the zone control system. Just when my body was feeling the warmth fill up the house, the furnace shut down. The first thing I checked was the air filter, it was clogged with dirt so I changed it. Since I was using a ductless heat pump, there was no need to check for vent blockages. The thermostat also seemed to be working well. The heating technician suggested the electric furnace was old and needed to be replaced. The heat pump install had been done 25 years ago and the central heating unit was covered in rust. Because the unit was old, the heating services it had once offered easily, it struggled to do. Sometimes, I had to switch on the gas fireplace to boost the temperature. The fireplace was a handy energy saving tip that I had picked up from my years of interacting with the dual fuel system. My boiler’s flame sensor was also corroded thus affecting the quality heating capability of the unit. The local contractor helped with the new install and within no time, I was enjoying the warmth of my home. I was too excited about the new unit, the same way one is excited about a new car.
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