When I graduated from high college, I decided to follow my parents’ advice & learn a trade. So I signed up at a trade college to learn the Heating, Ventilation & a/c trade; The training was intense, lasting six months, then upon completion, I was hired by an experienced Heating, Ventilation & A/C serviceman & received lots of experience in electrical, heating, cooling, & ventilation systems; After a few years, I decided to labor for myself. After a bit of advertising, I was called on my first appointment to repair a boiler in an ancient farmhouse. The elderly person explained that her gas boiler wasn’t working & showed me how to get to her basement. As I went down the stairs, I could hardly feel my eyes. There was so much junk in the basement that I absolutely froze in place for a few seconds while trying to take it all in. There were boxes & bags piled on top of one another, tables, chairs, Christmas decorations, garden hoses, toys & mattresses, then i wondered how I was going to find the boiler, much less repair it. I finally could see where the pipes & ductwork were poking out of the debris & climbed over the piles of items to get there. The first thing I did was to upgrade the air filter, which was honestly dirty, next I diagnosed the electronic ignition system & realized that ignitor was bad. After replacing it with a current one, I was able to ignite the burner & waited long enough to check that the pilot stayed lit. The last thing that I had to accomplish was to find a way back to the stairs, which turned out to be the most challenging part of the entire repair call.