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Cold Weather Causes Furnace Problems in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- Central Ohio furnace repair companies came up to bat as some customers strike out with the frigid temperatures.

Business owners said they answered more calls than usual during the Monday freeze. Some also said people have called in a panic when their heat has gone out. 

Larner Berner, an Airtron service technician, said the cold is hard on systems because the furnaces are working constantly.

Similar problems can happen in the summer as well.

We probably have more calls for air conditioning than heat, said Berner. 

Customers like Steve Hayden said maintenance is the key to making sure furnaces are operating properly. 

We spend time in the south in winter," he said. "So if the heat goes out and were not here, we could come back home to a real disaster.

Airtron told customers to lower their expectations about what furnaces will do, as the units have to work harder to keep homes comfortable.

The company also offered the following tips:

 - Consider baking food; the oven will raise the temperature in the kitchen.

 - Shut off registers in unused rooms that do not have plumbing.

 - Make sure wood burning fireplace dampers are closed if not in use. 

 - If you lose heat, use common sense and be safe.
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