Heating Technicians Working Overtime Despite Dangerous Temps

Raleigh County

SOPHIA, WV (WVNS) — Temperatures have plummeted to near-zero for the first week of January 2018, but so have the amount of off-days for heating technicians, including those at R&R Comfort Systems in Sophia. Yet, they are making the most of working 14-hour days, 7 days a week.

“We try to enjoy ourselves,” said lead installer Tommy Elder. “If it’s rough, we just try to have fun, get it done, and go home.”

Since Christmas Day, their volume of calls has tripled from homes across the region, some of them involving problems that could have been prevented with precautionary measures.

“You’re better off to stay on top of it and have preventative maintenance at least every six months to a year,” Elder said.

But there are tips to save yourself some cold hard cash from any repairs.  HVAC professionals recommend all homeowners to routinely change their air filter every month. But if you do not, it will have extra buildup, which going to add wear-and-tear to your heating system and cost you more money down the road.

“It throws extra stress on the blower motors (and) heat chambers on gas furnaces,” said service technician Brian Robinson.

“Keep a clean filter,” said lead installer Keith Jones. “If it can’t get the right air it needs, it can’t work properly.”

Most importantly, they say to always leave it to the pros so you will not be left out in the cold. 

“Make sure you hire the qualified technician to repair everything so it’s done right, your family’s safe, and – in the long run – will cost you less money.” Robinson said.

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