My aunt has been having an unquestionably difficult winter… Ever since she moved into her newer house, it’s been one issue after another. However I shouldn’t say new house, since the place is pretty outdated actually. But she’s always been drawn to old houses, places with character and history always have more life to them. At least, that’s what my aunt is always telling me; she’s starting to eat those words, though. I think when she bought the place she didn’t look at it quite as thoroughly as she should have… While she had an inspection, my parents say she didn’t have an Heating and Air Conditioning inspection, but she thought the house was a great deal. In fact, the price had been lowered because there were concerns with the Heating and Air Conditioning system. When she first started having hot water troubles, she thought to just have the hot water tank substituted… The outdated tank had been in that basement for about 12 years; not the oldest it could be, but not insufficient for it to need to be substituted out. Well, not even a month after that, her central heating stopped working too. That outdated boiler had breathed its last and my aunt knew it wasn’t an air duct concern (boilers don’t use air ducts or air filters) which meant the concern could only be more serious. She ended up needing a whole brand new boiler, and only one model would work with her old outdated system. It took multiple days for the boiler to come in; multiple days of no heat. She’s happy again now that’s in, but those were multiple days of no Heating and Air Conditioning torture for her.