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This past week, our area experienced extremely cold temperatures and power outages. A.J. and Daine Smith with Smith & Sons Heating & Cooling recently had a candid conversation about the recent frigid weather. They have some recommendations and tips to help keep you comfortable during freezing temperatures, and power outages. Electric Generator Diesel
Next, the father and son explained issues that can arise with water heaters and plumbing during cold weather. Daine said, “Anytime the power is out, or even if it’s just that the heat is out for an extended period of time during freezing weather, a home’s water can freeze.
He continued, “We had numerous calls with people’s water freezing.”
That brings us to several points.”
Point number one, an OnDemand LP gas water heater, is protected as long as you have power because there’s a small electric heater in it which keeps that water heater from freezing. Daine said, “Well, if the power goes out, we’ve lost that protection. Now to abate that, our recommendation is to give us a call because there is a way that you can drain the water out of that water heater.” The heat exchanger can bust if the water heater goes without power for too long in extremely cold temperatures.
Daine added, “Anytime you have your water system freeze, it needs to be dealt with straight away because it can turn into busted pipes, busted parts, and replacements of things.”
Another tip is to shut the water down, remove the pressure, open all faucets, and wait until it’s warm enough that you’re confident the water has thawed.
If you’re on well water, then we’re not going to have water until the power comes back on. It’s essential, if we’re going to be down in freezing temperatures, that we put heaters in our pump houses.
You can also leave a small amount of water running somewhere in your home until the weather warms up to prevent your water from freezing.
A.J. closed saying, “If you need generator service, HVAC service, water heater service, or gas log services, or if you’re interested in a quote to have any of these items installed, please call us at 910-862-2622. We would love to help you with whatever we can to ensure you stay comfortable.”
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