COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - It's been a cold start to 2018 and with our latest cold snap, some homeowners are finding that their heaters are working overtime.
Crystal Schinzler says this latest cold snap is forcing her heater to work even harder.
"We actually had some rooms that were getting heat and some that weren't, and so our kids were very cold at night. We just wanted to make sure that everybody is staying warm," Schinzler explained. That's especially important when temperatures get as cold as they've been these last few days. Our community has experienced a 40 hour stretch of temperatures below freezing in College Station.
Shelby Kuklies of R.M. Mullinix says things really pick up this time of year for the Brazos Valley.
"We go in between repair and routine maintenance in the fall and for the past week since this cold snap, we've been overloaded with repairs," Kuklies said. He said the best thing you can do is make sure your system is ready before winter hits, with routine maintenance and a fall check up being at the top of the to do list.
"We do see more call volume during cooling, but whenever it gets cold and the systems have to work harder, that's when they're going to break," said Kuklies.
The last thing you want to do is lose your heat in the middle of a cold night.
"We actually just moved in a couple months ago and we haven't been here when its been cold, so that was also important for us to get everything checked out to make sure its working correctly," said Schinzler. If your heater is out, you might see delays in service. Local HVAC companies tell us they have been very busy making emergency repair calls.