It isn’t a furnace; it’s a boiler.

I was talking about all the problems we had been having with our furnace.

My husband stood behind me and I could hear the noises he was making.

They were telling me that I was saying something he didn’t agree with. I turned and give him the squinty eye look and he made a face. I asked what I had said wrong, and he just shook his head. I heard him turn to the man next to him and tell him that we had a boiler system and not a furnace. I didn’t know there was such a big difference. They were both used for heating a house, except a boiler was also used to heat my water. I went on to say that he had never called to have the servicing done on the boiler. I felt a tap on my shoulder and my husband stood there all smug. He said he didn’t have to have a boiler serviced. That is why he chose a boiler. With a boiler instead of a furnace, there was less maintenance. The man next to him cleared his throat and told him he wasn’t exactly right. The boiler heater the water that flowed through pipes and sent heat throughout the house. Yes, there was less maintenance, but that didn’t mean it never needed to be serviced. Every couple of years it was wise to check the nozzle that fed the oil that lit the fire to the water reservoir. You needed to make sure all of the fittings were secure and there wasn’t any corrosion. He said although it was minimal, it wouldn’t hurt to have a plumber or HVAC tech show up every four or five years.

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