Kindhearted Handyman Fixes Military Wife’s Furnace For Free!


Bridget is a mother of two small children. One winter night when she arrived home with her two sons, the house was very cold. Her thermostat read 50 degrees but when she tried to turn the furnace up, she realized it was broken. She always calls her husband for help, but now she called Betlyn Heating and Cooling, a local ventilating, heating and air-conditioning contractor service. She reached the service’s owner Paul Betlyn, who firstly coached her through some potential fix-it methods, but nothing worked. Because it was evening, Betlyn said he would visit the house and fix the furnace himself.

While Paul was working on the furnace, he and Bridget started casually chatting about their lives. She told him she would normally work on fixing the furnace alongside her husband, but he’s on deployment at the moment and not here to help her. When all was said and done, Stevens said she was “apprehensive” about the cost of the fix. But when Betlyn handed her the bill, she was stunned. On the slip, he noted a “deployment discount,” and charged Stevens a mere dollar for his work. But when she tried to pay the repairman, he refused. Bridget posted on her Facebook page:

“This is a bit lengthy, but I just want to take a minute to acknowledge Betlyn Heating and Cooling. I came home with the boys to a cold house that was 50 degrees. When turning up the thermostat was not kicking the furnace on, I called Betlyn’s, thinking I’d get a machine and have to leave a message, then run to the store for space heaters. Ultimately, Paul, the owner, answered and was very patient as he walked me through different things to do to try to get it back on. When none of that worked, he said he needed to come to the house to fix it.

“As he was working on the furnace, we got to talking about Bobby and the deployment. I had mentioned in passing that I tried to figure it out with my husband, but since he’s deployed and couldn’t see it, he wouldn’t know what to do.

“After he was finished, I was a little apprehensive about how much it was going to cost. He handed me the slip that is in this photo. When I tried to give him any money at all, he said that the $1 was a joke, and to thank my husband for his service.

“So, thanks Paul Betlyn. My house is nice and warm thanks to you.”

Steven’s story struck a chord with viewers and she got lots of positive comments about this beautiful gesture. “That brought tears to my eyes. There are good people in this world, Betlyn Heating and Cooling you are awesome!” one commenter wrote.

It is very good to know that there are such wonderful people in the world like this. It is a sweet and simple story. If you agree, don’t forget to share this with your friends and family on Facebook!


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