I never actually expected that we would have our heating system quit working on us in the middle of the winter, but it happened to us this past winter.
It wasn’t any fault of our own because we always kept up with regular HVAC maintenance and tune-ups.
The heating system was properly taken care of. Unfortunately, we learned that somebody in the area slammed into a powerline pole knocking it over and causing the power to go out in our area. Since the power was off, the gas furnace was unable to light up since it uses power for the igniters. In a case like that, it would have been preferable to have a gas furnace that used a pilot light, but nope, we didn’t have that. Fortunately, we do have a fireplace and so we immediately got a bunch of firewood together and got a fire started in the fireplace. We kept that fireplace roaring the whole time the power was out. I was so thankful when the power finally came on early in the morning as the professionals were able to get the power back online. It was kind of a scary situation, but it would have been so much worse if we didn’t have a fireplace. After that terrible experience, I decided to have a backup generator installed in the house so that we never go so long without power again in the future. I’m also thinking about having solar panels installed in the near future, so that we have additional security when it comes to having power to our home.