Tenn. – Another blast of bitter cold weather has been
keeping heating repair companies across Middle Tennessee busy as HVAC and other
heating units have struggled to keep up with demand by consumers.
temperatures staying below freezing Wednesday, it was another busy day for
heating repair companies – and it will probably only be busier Thursday.
time arctic cold air paid us a visit in early January, one local repair company
told us they had 1,700 phone calls from people with problems in just one day.
Wednesday, they were once
again trying to keep up with demand.
landlord Martha Holt said as cozy as some homes might seem on the outside, it's
a much different story when you step inside.
called Martha to say the heat wasn't working right. The thermostat gave the first
signs of a problem. The heating unit was giving out.
61, and they had it set on 75," said Holt. "(It's) not keeping up to par."
temperatures not expected to climb above freezing until Friday, this is the
worst time for a heating unit to break.
"You know the main thing is just being expeditious, get it done,"
hundreds of other residents across the mid-state, Martha had never seen a more
welcome sight than the heating repairman.
going down like it was 61, then it was 62 - and they don't know what the
problem is," said Holt.
from Lee Company quickly pinpointed the problem to an HVAC unit out back.
split heat pump system and the condenser unit is not on," said Starks.
When the temperature
is this cold, he said, heating units have to work overtime to keep your house
temperatures like this will make a system run inefficiently," said Starks.
all the added hours to heating units leads to electrical or mechanical
have a clogged up filter the system can't flow and it can't breathe, so it
makes it very inefficient," said Starks.
temperature expected to drop even further over the coming days, Starks said he
expected to be in for some very long days.
continues to stay this cold we'll stay busy," he said.
If you have
an automatic thermostat and you set your heat real low during the day when
you're at work, the heating unit has to work even harder to reach the high
temperature when you come home.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.