This year, 18 companies participated in the event, servicing 58 homes in the northwest Detroit area and surrounding suburbs. The results for the happy seniors included one complete furnace changeout and two heat exchanger replacements.
The News rode along with Kelly O'Brien and Sean McGinty of Guardian Environmental Services of Livonia, Mich., as they visited with an elderly homeowner in Livonia. Her furnace, a "Fairway" model sold by the defunct Montgomery Ward department store chain, may have been as old as 30-40 years - it was too hard to tell. The furnace was not heating the two-story home to comfortable temperatures.
McGinty reconnected a lead on the blower motor, which seemed to be the only problem. However, both men were concerned that the bearings were almost shot. They made recommendations to the homeowner.
The homeowner said she would send the recommendation to the local senior citizen agency, which may approve funds for the replacement.
Publication date: 12/15/2003