I was almost tricked
I am writing this letter to your paper in hopes that your readers can help alleviate spending unnecessary dollars.
I am fortunate to have insurance on my oil-fired furnace, and am entitled to one maintenance check and cleaning per year.
Just recently, I had that maintenance check done only to have the technician tell me there was a hole burned through the flexible pipe coming from the furnace and out into the wall exhaust.
He asked me if there was a reason I had the wall exhaust as apposed to a chimney? I explained it was there when I bought the house, plus, I thought, it looked better. Why, I asked? Well, he said, it has to be replaced and a chimney would be cheaper at about $1,300. That’s when I said, WOW!
Anyway, the exhaust vent would cost $1,700, double WOW!
Point blank, I asked, couldn’t the pipe just be replaced and point blank, I was told no because inside the exhaust vent has chambers and they would also be burnt.
To make a very long story short, after giving this large oil company the go-ahead to replace the complete exhaust vent at a cost of $1,700, I started inquiring about the price. It so happens after contacting a local burner service which came to my aid immediately that the pipe can be replaced and there are no chambers inside this exhaust vent. It is only the pipe that runs through to the outside.
The large oil company’s technicians response? He was only telling me what he was told! I know it was the week of Halloween and I was almost tricked, but I got the treat because I saved over $1,200.