If you are a home owner and live in Minnesota now would be a great time to have your boiler or furnace service, inspected and or tuned up. There is still plenty of time to get it fixed or replaced before it gets cold and it will get cold.
Usually there are specials this time of year too for those who get it done before it gets cold and the repair guys get busy.
I hate to sound like your father but it is a good ideas especially here in Minnesota where it gets so cold to schedule a furnace tune-up every fall. It generally costs less to get work done in late summer or early fall than it does during the heating season.
I see a lot of houses with old furnaces that have been well maintained. They really do last longer with regular maintenance. Personally I am not a fan of the service plans but I am a fan of service.
If you are selling your home this fall or winter it is a good idea to have the furnace or boiler serviced and save the receipt or even tape it to the furnace. Buyers who are closing on homes this fall should either have the furnaced tuned up or should make sure that the seller has already taken care of it.