The past weekend has just been one residential nightmare after another. We had a small leak in our basement that we thought was just water coming in from the outside due to all of the rain we’ve been having. As it turns out, it was actually a pipe that had a very tiny leak. Well as the plumber was here to fix it, I had to move all of the plastic tubs and things that I had just gotten out of the water, out of the way again to clear a path. This means moving it from the water tank room to the boiler room. As I looked at the boiler, I realized this is just one more thing to call the landlord about. The oil boiler was installed in 1986 and it hasn’t been serviced at all in three years. It’s a great model, but it is nearing the end of its life, so I left the landlord a message about getting it tuned up before winter. Well, my plumber overheard and decided to give me a whole speech about it. Said he had worked this house before, that our landlord kept up with the boiler, and that it wasn’t even that old. His exact words were that 50 years would be old, since it was cast iron. Finally, I let him have it. I explained that this exact oil boiler is a System 2000, a unique model of steel boilers with a lifespan of around 35 years. It is not cast iron, which you can tell just by looking at it. Also the service card on the side, which the HVAC contractor is required to sign off on, has the last service date of 2015. He stopped talking and got right back to work.