CONSHOHOCKEN — Conshohocken-based DE Duffey & Sons, a 120-year-old home heating oil and HVAC provider, has announced that longtime Philadelphia resident Michael Gallina has won the company's 2018 Ugliest Boiler contest.
According to the contest selection committee, Gallina’s heating system was originally installed in the house when the house was built in 1952, making it over 65 years old. Although the home had undergone several renovations over the years, it still had its original furnace, which was on its last legs.
In December, Duffey’s replaced the home’s ancient heating system with a state-of-the-art Rheem high-efficiency furnace valued at approximately $10,000.
According to Gallina, his parents bought the lot in 1950 and built their home in 1952, and he has lived there ever since. Needless to say, the heating system was in dire need of being replaced. But as many home repairs are, replacing a heating system can be a major expense, one that Gallina had been postponing for quite some time.
When he learned he had won the contest, Gallina said he was both thrilled and shocked.
“I couldn’t be happier," he said. "This was an amazing Christmas gift and a great way to start off the new year.”
Gallina’s Ugliest Boiler contest entry was one of over 50 entries from homeowners across the Philadelphia region.