Preventing frozen pipes, broken furnace during freezing weather

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 12:46 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- When the cold strikes outside, you want to stay warm inside, but your furnace might not be up to the task.

“When they're running so hard, they're gonna get a workout and there will be failures,” Joe Weber of Weber Heating and Air said.

Weber said the average gas furnace lasts about 20 years and those are more likely to break down. Weber said his company is prepared to receive a lot of calls as the temperatures start to dip.

“We'll probably be working as much as we have to just to keep up,” Weber said.

The Louisville Water Company was reminding people to insulate pipes and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.

They also said it is a good idea to let a steady trickle of water run, because moving water is less likely to freeze.

“Water is economical. It’s not going to cost you a whole lot compared to replacing furniture or carpeting due to water damage (if a pipe bursts),” Christy Ray, Spokesperson, said.

Ray also encouraged residents to locate their water shut off valve ahead of time in the event a pipe does burst.
 

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