January 6, 2014
Monday was a pretty normal work day at Albemarle Heating and Air, but they are preparing for many calls to come in this evening and tomorrow and the temperatures drop. This will be some of the coldest air Central Virginia has experienced in several years.
Bryan Hice, a service technician at Albemarle Heating and Air, said, "More than likely, this evening will probably be pretty busy. Then, tomorrow, if there are people who didn't call or we couldn't get to for whatever reason, they'll be calling in the morning. I'm sure the morning rush will be very busy."
Hice says there isn't one main issue that typically causes your heating unit to fail.
At the stop I caught up with Hice on, the drain froze and it was temporarily fixed over the weekend. Today, they are fixing the system for good.
"We're going to insulate the drain and put some heat tape on it so that will warm the water so it's not going to freeze," explained Hice. "They shouldn't have this problem. Tonight Is going to be the test for it, but I doubt they will have that problem again."
As temperatures continue to drop overnight, Albemarle Heating and Air says this is the time when your heating system gets tested the most.
"A lot of times, if the equipment isn't maintained or checked, then you'll have parts that are beginning to fail and when it gets really cold they get put to the test and that's when they fail," said Hice.
Albemarle Heating and Air is available 24-hours a day and tonight is no exception. They suggest making sure you have a new filter and that you have enough oil or propane in your tank to help prevent having to call a heating company in the morning.
To also help your unit heat your home more easily, make sure all of your registers are open and that any clutter is removed from around or on top of the vent.