NEW BERLIN — Are you worried about your furnace going on the fritz because of cold weather?
It is a real possibility for homeowners as arctic temperatures move into southeast Wisconsin.
Dangerously low temperatures could lead to a faulty functioning furnace, said Jeff Ratajczyk, a heating and plumbing service expert with Hartlaub Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric.
“When you get below minus-10 degrees, the furnaces aren’t really designed to handle that low,” Ratajczyk said.
That is one of the reasons he and his crew are working overtime. They’re responding to calls for failing furnaces and even some homes with no heat at all.
“When you get below minus-10 degrees, the furnaces aren’t really designed to handle that low.” — Jeff Ratajczyk, heating and plumbing service expert
“It’s key and essential that we’re getting the furnace tuneups done on an annual basis and making sure that everything is top-notch on the furnace,” Ratajczyk said.
As that furnace works around the clock to heat your home, Ratajczyk advised keeping doors closed to prevent heat loss and insulating the home as much as you can.