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Heating System Maintenance Prevents Common Shutdowns

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KENNEWICK, WA-- As things get colder outside, more people are turning up the heat inside. Heating systems shut down without proper maintenance and it's creating a backlog for repair workers.

It is more than chilly out, it's below freezing and if you don't keep up your heating systems you won't be much warmer inside.

Heating system repair workers are working long days to fix broken furnaces during this cold weather. They're repairing many shut down systems mostly because people don't maintain their heat sources.

Heating experts tell me dirty filters, iced heat pumps and blocked vents shut down systems often.

They encourage you to get maintenance before a breakdown so you don't get left in the cold.

"That's something a professional contractor needs to do. It's going to be a long, cold winter so if you wait you could be way out, weeks out without heat," Ken Day, Dayco Heating and Air Conditioning.

Day says to protect your heating system keep your thermostat at one level temperature because adjusting it can wear down the equipment and possibly shut it down.

Also, clear furniture away from vents, which can cause back pressure and shut down the system as well.

Taking steps to protect your system now can ensure you stay warm this winter instead of bringing this cold inside.