Saturday, September 21, 2019
The Mystery of the Haunted Heater
Most stories have a similar pattern. There’s a problem and the main character tries three things to fix it. The first thing they try doesn’t work, the second one doesn’t work, and, unless it’s a tragedy, the third thing they try does work.
A couple of weeks ago we had one cool evening and I turned my heating system back on. The next day while the air conditioner was going, it turned itself on again, so I turned the system off.
A few days ago we had the first cold, rainy day and I tried to turn the heater on again, but it wouldn’t work.
I called the manufacturers of the control unit, and everything seemed to be working fine, but the heater still wouldn’t turn on.
I had my handyman come over and he tried everything he could think of, but it still wouldn’t work, and the house was cold.
I called a heating repair company and they sent someone out to repair it. He spent nearly an hour trying to figure out what was wrong, and finally got it!
During the summer I’d had new flooring installed in part of the house and the people who did it had turned all the floor vents in those rooms off. That had caused pressure to build up inside the heater when it was turned on, so it wouldn’t work.
All I had to do was open all the floor vents and it worked!
The mystery was solved and the story had a happy ending.