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Warren, Me (WJBK) – – In the cold cold, simple maintenance such as checking the stove can be forgotten, that is, until the heating is switched off.
John Piggott says he knows something is wrong with his oven
“The temperature kept dropping and pretty soon it was like 62,” he said.
He says he cranked his stove and used his fireplace to heat his house, and then called a heating and cooling company to fix his stove right away.
“In general, there are around 80 to 100 calls made in a day. Right now that’s twice that. This is an increase that is solely due to the weather. It makes the furnace work harder and causes breakdowns,” said Dayna Corrigan from C&C Heating & Air conditioning company.
On Wednesday, a technician from C&C Heating & Air Conditioning Company responded to a service call from Piggott.
Once inside, Technician Kevin went to work to assess the situation. He says many stoves have problems because of the cold weather.
“It’s long hours, very long hours, we have a lot of customers across the region who have no heat,” said Kevin Hardy.
When Hardy investigated further, he diagnosed the problem and notified the homeowner that it was cold weather related.
“Well, the broken pipe resulted in the exhaust gas being returned to the combustion air inlet and the steam frozen, turned to ice and completely blocked the pipe.”
When you call service experts they say they are here to help, but they also say there are some things you can do to keep your oven safe.
“Annual maintenance, make sure you have your stove checked in the fall and your air conditioner checked in the spring and change your filters. This is so important that if you don’t, you’re basically choking your stove,” Corrigan said.
Piggott says he’s glad the problem was fixed and he’s looking forward to the warmer days.
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