Church Trip Heating Issues

After spending two months straight fundraising for the latest church repairs, the other priest and I needed a break. We decided to let a visiting pastor run the mass services for the weekend and take a trip to Dallas, TX for a game. The state of Texas recently experienced the coldest temperatures since the 1800s.  It was -2 degrees.  I had flown in with another priest from the church for the Dallas Star’s hockey game but it was postponed.  I decided I’d make lemonade out of the lemons so I secured a room at a five-star downtown Dallas hotel and went and had a classy dinner.  When I got back, I was freezing cold.  I couldn’t wait to soak in a nice hot tub to relax and defrost.  I ran the water and went to get in but much to my chagrin, the water was ice cold. Needless to say, I was not happy…at all.  I called the office.  They sent the maintenance man to my room.  His cell phone was lighting up with one call after the next.  He told me he’d get back to me as soon as he could.  And…he did.  The boiler was busted, he informed.  The entire hotel was utter chaos.  “We are not about to pay top dollar to stay here with no heat and freezing cold water,” one man was shouting.  “Just wait until I post a review on your site,” another was fuming.  Management began giving vouchers to nearby hotels to keep the peace.  I can only imagine how much money they were shelling out. I overheard the boiler maintenance contractor saying that the thermostat had frozen up, the pilot light was broken, and the boiler would need to be repaired, so he found a boiler repair specialist from and scheduled an appointment. The boiler inspection uncovered all of the issues and a full replacement was required. The moral of the story is, don’t wait until the thermostat or boiler isn’t working to have it checked out. Schedule regular maintenance visits to keep it running smoothly.  Boilers are heavy duty and don’t require repairs often, but eventually things will need to be done on them.  Things, like thermostats, will need to be replaced. Hiring a heating contractor for an inspection costs very little, compared to a complete boiler replacement which usually costs a couple thousand dollars.

Stella Cook