Even before the cold snap brought sub-freezing temperatures to the Bay Area last week, local furnace repair shops were inundated with calls from homeowners with broken heaters.
At the Ace Furnace shop in South San Francisco Monday, employees told KTVU say phones have been ringing non-stop for repair calls for about a month.
Ace has a staff of 15 employees and they say many of their technicians have been working 40-65 hours per week.
They also say they get at least 80-140 calls per day and it hasn’t been this busy since 2005.
They’re noticing that many of the furnace-related calls could’ve been prevented if homeowners checked their heaters during the summer or early fall and likely would’ve saved about $300-$800 as for the demand for repair parts is greater now.
“If they had gotten it checked during the summer, then they would've taken care of it, at that time, at a lower price Now, the prices go up because of the demands,” said Linda Toailoa of Ace Furnace.
But some preventive advice they say is to make sure your vents are open, check your filters, and even check the batteries on the thermostat, they say they get a lot of simple calls on easy fixes like that.
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