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Furnace Repairs Increase With Temperature Decrease

December 6, 2013, 9:50 PM by Jared Ransom

Furnace Repairs Increase With Temperature Decrease
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

With extreme heat comes the increased calls for air conditioning repairs, and now that we have extreme cold, the same can be said for furnace repairs, and those calls on Friday were made early and often.

It may have been a minor issue, but Annete Amdahl was not about to take any chances when it came to her furnace and the temperatures outside.

"I came home the other night and my furnace was down to 56 degrees, which isn't a huge jump because it's usually about 63, but I knew something was wrong," Amdahl said.

Amdahl was one of about 100 calls that quickly came in to Waturbury Heating and Cooling just on Friday. All of their technicians have been out in the field since early Friday morning.

"With all the cold weather, these furnaces are working overtime. So, motors are failing, igniters are failing. People kind of tend to forget to change their filters," technician Brandon Cates said.

Cates says many of the repairs he sees on a regular basis are minor, but it's something that could be handled before the winter months arrive.

"Manufacturers recommend an annual maintenance, and a lot of people tend to not have the maintenance done. They wait until something fails, and that always tends to happen when it's cold," Cates said.

Something quick that could be done at home is checking the filter and making sure it's clean and effective.

For Amdahl, her issues were small and she's glad its fixed now before things got worse.

"Frozen pipes and burst pipes are probably one of my main concerns, but I also have two animals that are in here all day. I'd hate to come home and something bad happened to them if it got too cold," Amdahl said.

She thought ahead and will not have to worry about that worst case scenario. As for Cates, he expects the phone to keep on ringing as the temperatures continue to drop.

Cates says that if the furnace is getting up there in age, if it has lasted about 20 years, it may be a smart investment to get a brand-new furnace. It is an investment that Cates says will be saving you money in the long run.

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