It is the end of January 2019. Like most other Januarys in the Midwest, it was relatively uneventful. Uneventful, that is, until an Arctic blast came down from the North Pole and spent three days sweeping through the entire midsection of the country before moving on to the Northeast Coast. While it was horrible for everyone who was stuck at home and unable to go anywhere for fear of freezing outside after a few minutes, it turned into quite the profitable situation for heating contractors. Here is what they will be busy doing the next week:
Emergency Residential Furnace Repair
Do you know what happens when the weather outside drops below zero for three days straight? Your furnace completely loses it and runs nonstop trying to keep your home warm and keep you, your family, your pets, and your pipes from freezing. Some furnaces can handle the pressure and soldier on without a hiccup, while other furnaces cannot make it and crap out.
That is pretty dangerous stuff right there, especially if the meteorologists are predicting at least one more frigidly cold day ahead. In these temperatures, and especially when the temperature falls at night, it only takes a matter of hours before your home drops from a comfortable seventy-two degrees to pipe-bursting thirty degrees. If you are lucky, you have eight to ten hours before that happens, but the cold in the house can get to you before then. A lot of HVAC companies and their technicians are providing emergency services during this time. If you are one of those customers who already placed a call, hang tight -- the technician is coming. If you cannot hang around because your house is already too cold, head to a hotel with all of the living beings in your home. You can always meet the technician at the house when he/she is ready to work on your heating repairs.
Stores Lose Refrigeration
If the heat does not give out, commercial refrigeration will. Commercial refrigeration relies on equipment that is typically located on the tops of store roofs. These dangerously cold temperatures and winds can actually cause the refrigeration units to seize up, which in turn stops the refrigeration in all freezers and cold cases in the affected stores. Thousands of dollars of food will be lost until the repair technicians can safely make it to the roofs and repair the refrigeration units.