I’ve always thought of myself as being pretty intuitive when it comes to stuff that needs repairs. When my car’s engine seems to be running just a little hotter than usual, I know that something is deviating from the norm! Just as well, I can always seem to guess when an appliance at home will need to be fixed. Most recently, I remember getting my furnace repaired in the nick of time, as there was a serious component failure that could have resulted in carbon monoxide leaking into the house! My furnace is a conventional gas-fueled heating system, which runs well enough. However, it’s also very old – at least fifteen years old, now – so it’s prone to the occasional breakdown. Then one night, as I was getting ready to go to bed, I heard the sound of the furnace kicking on. For just a brief second, I thought I could smell something on fire – then the smell went away. Without hesitation, I trusted my gut and called my regular heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair technician to investigate. When the technician arrived two days later, he inspected the furnace and found that the flu had several punctures, which could easily allow dangerous combustion byproducts – carbon monoxide, especially – to leak into the house. I’m glad I was able to go with my instincts and get the furnace repaired before it started acting up! Otherwise, I’d hate to imagine what could’ve happened if the flue for the furnace had not been repaired.