It will likely be a bitter winter for some tenants of public housing in New York in spite of the administration’s efforts to improve the aging heating systems. According to New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, the city’s housing authority is addressing the heat failures before the onset of the winter season.
Last Thursday the coldest day of fall, 4,700 tenants at 6 NYCHA complexes suffered from heat and water outages. More than 2,100 residents of Rangel Houses in Harlem and 1,700 residents at Hammel Houses in Far Rockway suffered from the loss of heat and hot water. Service was restored at Hammel Houses at 3 in the afternoon while repairs are being undertaken at Rangel. The boiler has to be shutdown because of a leak on a valve.
Loss of heat was also felt by 777 tenants at Whitman Houses, Bedford-Stuyvesant Rehab in Brooklyn, The Claremont Rehab in the Bronx and 1162 – 1176 developments in Washington Ave. NYCHA has taken several measures to ensure that tenants have heat and get the boilers up and running after a breakdown.
The housing authority has hired 50 new heating technicians. It has also brought in 5 additional mobile boilers in case of emergencies. A telephone alert system allows tenants to report continued problems after repairs have been made.
Last winter was a nightmare for the tenants. At least 87,000 residents suffered from chronic health issues due to the loss of heat. The mayor’s office has promised faster and better fixes on more than 40 sites with experts keeping an eye on the heating systems.
According to Stanley Brezenoff, interim chairman of the housing authority, aggressive action must be used to address boiler failures. While there is no magic wand to solve the problem, the heating infrastructure is ancient and unreliable throughout NYCHA.
You can check this site for more information on boiler engineers who can respond to emergency boiler breakdowns. The boiler engineer will make an assessment of your boiler to determine whether is still economically feasible to undertake a repair or whether a new more efficient boiler can be installed as replacement.