I took a gamble and bought this vintage house in a fairly decent neighborhood. When I say “vintage”, I mean old – really old, older than my parents! There was something about the appearance of the house that drew me in. Every single room had doors to close it off, which made the house feel much larger. Plus, the fireplace brought a charming aesthetic to the house that made it feel comfortable, despite the age. In spite of these qualities, my favorite trait in this house is the boiler in the basement. This enormous metallic beast is the reason I stay cozy and warm in my house! The boiler uses various ventilation shafts around the first floor of the house, where floor grates allow heat from the boiler to come up into the living room, kitchen, and my bedroom. Plus, the boiler also acts as the water heater for my home, so I can always count on a hot shower in the morning! Well, I could count on a hot shower, until the boiler decided to have issues staying on. I’ve been trying to track down an HVAC service company that can make the necessary repairs to the boiler, but my unit is so old, most of the technicians and contractors that come to fix it have no idea where to start! Half ot the contractors have told me I would be better off getting rid of the boiler and getting a modern one, attempting to convince me that the boiler will break in the next year anyway. I just need to find an HVAC contractor that specializes in older systems. I’m not ready to let go of this boiler just yet, as it’s served me well to heat my water and keep my home warm through the past few winters.