The weather suddenly shifted from warm and comfortable to cold and bleak as early as August this year. The two of us needed to abruptly put away the patio chairs, tables, along with the barbecue grill, and shut down the swimming pool… Unfortunately, there was no time to have the gas furnace worked on by a professional company. The outside temperature was down to thirty-eight degrees so I was forced to start up the heating system. Beforehand, I made sure to replace the air filter just wished for the best. As luck may have it, when the gas furnace first cycled on, there were some minor concerns to my dismay. The heated air stunk like musty old socks; plus there was a large influx of dust. On top of that, the gas furnace made noises louder than normal. The sound was a bit of a rattle, also it seemed to struggle to keep up with demand. The following week my energy bill was painfully higher than I was accustomed to. I concluded the heating system was not operating efficiently. By the end of December, I had no choice but to call for heating repair service. I really should not have waited so long, because all of the local companies were booked for the next couple weeks. I had to settle with scheduling an appointment for the following month. Begrudgingly, the gas furnace was unable to make it that far. It gave out in the middle of the evening, ironically this happened during a blizzard, when the lowest temperature outside was down to eleven degrees. With such exhausting weather conditions, it became mandatory that we and to call for emergency gas furnace repair. Since we waited so last minute, we had to pay overtime charges. I was fortunate that the Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C repairman had the necessary replacement pieces available in his truck. Fortunately, he completed the repair within a couple of hours. From now on, I will make the gas furnace maintenance a priority in the summer so I’m properly prepared.