Cold weather creates lots of work for heating companies

Cold weather creates lots of work for Knoxville heating repair companies

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"We're stretched thin right now with all the calls. They come anywhere from five o'clock at night to three in the morning we get calls," said Randall Combs, owner of Advanced Heating & Air in Knoxville. "We're stretched thin right now with all the calls. They come anywhere from five o'clock at night to three in the morning we get calls," said Randall Combs, owner of Advanced Heating & Air in Knoxville.
© Get your system regularly checked for things like freon levels. © Get your system regularly checked for things like freon levels.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some Knoxville heating and air companies say recently they've been doing more repairs at area homes than they have all year long.

Repair crews say there are some things you can do to prevent your unit from breaking down.

Knoxville residents like Denny Gann want their house to feel nice and warm when they step inside after they've been working all day in the frigid weather outside.

He relies on his heating unit to get the job done.

"Get it warm. Keep it warm. Days like today when it gets down 20 degrees, it's difficult. It takes a little bit to heat it," said Gann.

He just got a new unit a few years back to make sure he doesn't have to go without heat, even for a single day.

"It's very important, especially when it gets down cold as it was last night and what they're predicting tonight. Somebody might get cold if their heat goes out," said Gann.

Advanced Heat & Air says the cold weather works units extremely hard. A lot of people get new units as a result.

Advanced is slammed with repair work right now, with about 30 people each day begging to get their heat back.

"They want us out right away. We're stretched thin right now with all the calls. They come anywhere from five o'clock at night to three in the morning we get calls," said Randall Combs, owner of Advanced Heating & Air in Knoxville.

To keep your system from breaking down, keep the temperature setting consistent.

"Don't try to turn it up too high, because you're just defeating the purpose. Just keep it at a good, steady temperature," said Combs.

Most importantly, do preventative maintenance. Get your system regularly checked for things like freon levels.

"Keep an eye on your refrigerant levels because it runs refrigerant in the winter as well as the summer," said Combs.

They also say to make sure your home is well-sealed with caulking and insulation.

Because if anything is out of whack, this is the kind of weather that will expose it.

"Anything bad that's happening in the system, it's going to show up when it's coldest. That's when it's gonna show up," said Combs.

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