With such cold weather over the last few days, many homeowners are starting to see some problems.
The last few days have been cold for central New York with overnight lows hovering near or below zero. Although this is cold, we actually saw colder temperatures in November! The month of January so far has actually seen more above average highs. Still with cold weather comes some problems for homeowners and that includes with the furnace.
"It's always amazing once we get the very first cold weather. The phone calls usually get very busy with no heat calls overall," said Paul Collis of Collis and Sons.
For many homeowners it's not just furnaces that are having some problems, it's their pipes as well. Frozen pipes are just starting to become an issue.
Robert Catrombone, owner of RFC Plumbing and Contracting says he is already getting calls. "It just started trickling in. this is the first freeze we had. I think the frost just started pounding down especially with no snow on the ground. that's an insulator so now your main water surfaces can freeze but we haven't had any of them yet."
There are many things you can do as a homeowner to help prevent this from happening.
"Leave the water running. I mean you don't have to blast it. Just leave it as a full stream or a trickle. check for drafts in the basement, make sure all the cellar windows are closed so cold air isn't coming in, and heat. I can't stress heat enough keep the heat up. Some people just worry about their fuel bills but if you get a pipe broken and it's going to be a lot worse than a 200 dollar heat bill. If you plan on being away for awhile make sure you don't turn the heat down past 50 degrees."