Sometimes, the strain of a cold winter's night can be too much on your home's heating system and issues force an expert to take a look. Over the past four days, that's been happening quite often.
"Yeah, it's been busy. The phone's been ringing all night and all day. We've probably done 108 service calls at 4:30 tonight (Monday), all of us and we're still going now," Waterbury Heating and Cooling service manager Bob Kriese said.
The colder it gets outside, the more the heater is working on the inside.
"They are running more and more. Longer, more stress on the heat exchanger, blower motors, better motors, igniters, more cycles per hour so that igniter heats up," Kriese said.
All that work could lead to a breakdown and an unscheduled visit from an expert like Kriese. Most of the calls he receives are basic repairs, stuff that can be handled in less than a half hour.
Having a technician in your home on a regular basis should be a wake-up call to something you need to do every year.
Even with the harsh cold outside, heating units can last up to ten to 15 years if the proper yearly maintenance is taken care of. It just takes an inspection once a year to keep more money in your pocket and a warmer home in the process.
"If you neglect it, you're going to have a lot less. Don't change an air filter but maybe once a year or once every five years, you're going to burn a hole in that heat exchanger," Kriese said.
A heated home is a happy home, especially on nights where heat is crucial.