Increase In Service Calls for Electricians, Heating Technicians

Cold temperatures kept electricians and heating and air conditioning techs busy on Tuesday.

Companies such as Wilson Hodges Electrical Contracting say they were called out to Christ Presbyterian Church in Winterville because their heating system didn't kick in when the temperatures dipped overnight.

Area homeowners were experiencing similar problems.

Howard Vainright, a Greenville resident, called Sam Pollard and Sons to see if they could get his furnace working.

That's not all these technicians encountered today.

Heating and air specialist Doug Pierce says, "We've seen a lot of things here lately, people just need to service their equipment. Dirty filters will cause heating problems, causing the chambers to crack."

Heating technician Walt Pollard adds that, "A whole lot of freezing pipes. People finding out they don't have water, people finding out they don't have hot water...Hot water is apt to freeze quicker than cold water and that's been a big problem we've seen a lot of."

Experts say insulating pipes can help. If that fails, sometimes pulling out a hair dryer to blow hot air on the pipes is another solution.

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