ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An early season deep freeze has south Georgia heating contractors working non-stop to fix broken heating units.
The Arctic chill is expected to continue through Friday. Many heat pumps and furnaces are stressed because they're not getting a break... even during daylight hours.
Tuesday's high didn't make it into the 50's, which means a lot of heating units didn't get a break. With temperatures expected in the 20's again overnight, those systems will continue to run.
If you didn't have that system services in September or October when the mercury was much warmer, you may find yourself without heat.
There's important work being done at the side of Brittany Lawton's Doublegate home, especially since two year old Luke is just getting over pneumonia.
"I woke up and it was really cold and I looked at the thermostat and it said 60 degrees and I said something's not right," said Homeowner Brittany Lawton.
Her first call was to Pollock's Heating and Cooling. Several chilly hours later they diagnosed the problem.
"It's not going into defrost, so its freezing up and we need to replace the defrost control board," said Heating Repair Technician Curtis Harrison.
She's not alone. "When it gets below 35, the phones start ringing," said Billy Goodson of Pollock's Heating and Cooling.
Leaving Pollock employees on the phone for hours in the last few days trying to get the parts they need for repairs. In southwest Georgia there's not typically a large stock of replacement heating parts.
"We're getting to everybody as fast as we can and we'll work daylight to dark, but there's only so many hours to do it," said Goodson.
That's why heating contractor recommend regular maintenance. "Keeping that filter clean, and keeping the outdoor unit, especially on a heat pump, making sure the outdoor part is unobstructed," said Goodson.
and not setting the thermostat too high or too low during the day, creating stress on your heating system.
"You're cooling the air off, and the carpet, and the furniture, and the curtain and there's a lot of stuff to heat back up," said Goodson.
The Lawton's problem was unavoidable, but fixed in an hour. "I was worried we were going to go somewhere else to camp out tonight, so."
An experience that's made the family more conscious of what a luxury it is to have a warm home when the temperatures outside are below freezing.