Boiler Broke on Tuesday

I enjoy owning a home. It’s nice to have a house to relax in, the big yard, the fence, the dog, but I absolutely hate paying for repairs on the bigger appliances like the refrigerator, dryer, washer, or the boiler! When I bought the house 3 years ago, all of these items were brand new, so I didn’t expect to have to fix anything for at least 10 years. On Tuesday, I had just gotten home from work and my house was freezing and it smelled like gas. I didn’t know what was going on, so I went downstairs to check the steam boiler and it wouldn’t turn on. I tried pressing and holding the reset switch first, but nothing happened. The pilot light was blinking and the unit wasn’t working, so I found some boiler services online and called heating contractors at for boiler repair. They sent over a boiler service professional to check it out and he identified a leak in the pressure valve. The boiler unit pressure was unable to build up because gas was escaping into the house. Thankfully they were able to fix the boiler valve quickly and remove the gas fumes from the house. The place could have burned down! We had to leave all the windows open for 4 hours to clear the air out and get some fresh air in from outside. I don’t remember ever having to deal with any of this when I had an apartment. It was very scary, but at least the heat works again.