My Husband Tried to Fix our Furnace

My Husband Tried to Fix our Furnace

As usual, with slumped shoulders, he said, “Okay, it’s time to call someone.” I picked up the phone and called a trusted HVAC technician.

My husband is under the impression that he’s “handy.” He always tries to “fix” anything that’s broken in our home. In reality, he usually just takes things apart, studies their components, tries to identify the problem, and attempts (usually unsuccessfully) to put them back together. While I love my husband, he’s rarely been able to solve any problems that arise in our home. Last winter, our furnace stopped blowing warm air. It blew cold air, which only turned our home into a wasteland that was barely less frozen than the one outside. We bundled up in layers of jackets, blankets, and socks, and my husband—toolbox in hand—determined to fix the furnace. I heard clanging, grating, banging, and numerous expletives from down in the basement while I drank hot cocoa and tried to distract myself with a Lifetime movie. All while thinking, “I don’t even want to know what havoc he’s wreaking on our heating system!” After a few hours of this unsettling soundtrack, my husband finally came back upstairs. As usual, with slumped shoulders, he said, “Okay, it’s time to call someone.” I picked up the phone and called a trusted HVAC technician. I was lucky that our local HVAC company has a 24-hour emergency line, and they sent a technician out right away. The technician tested numerous elements of our heating equipment, and she asked my husband and I numerous questions about the furnace to try to get an idea of what was wrong. After a few tweaks to the heating equipment, the problem was fixed, and I was in a properly-heated heaven! I almost hugged her. While I’ve always known that the best course is to call an experienced technician, I think that message finally registered for my “handy” husband!

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