Facing The Furnace
I got a call last night (right after our first snow storm) from the flat that I'll be staying in next week for Thanksgiving in Manhattan. The heat is out. No gas in the whole building, no information as to the expected repair date.
I was already planning on packing fleece tights and cashmere socks, but it has to be fixed by NEXT Thursday, right? I googled it, and I learned a lot of things about gas heating systems that, as a homeowner, I should've known already but didn't.
You can DIY your annual maintenance, as detailed here. It's really just cleaning out the soot with a wire brush, checking pipes for holes, replacing the filter, and vacuuming out vents. Seems doable — if I can figure out the right filter to buy at Home Depot.
Alternatively, you could spend $59 with a local heating repair company and get these fancy perks:
Change standard 1 inch filters
Conduct an amp-draw test
Check airflow & fan controls
Tighten or replace belts
Check the heat exchanger for wear
Inspect safety controls
Check electrical connections
Lubricate moving parts
Check gas lines
Time is money after all. Going with Dean's (PA & NJ).
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