Furnace repairs on the rise as temperatures drop

Some people in Regina have been feeling the effects of the bitter cold inside their homes. Furnace technicians have been working long hours to get to every customer needing heat.
Adam Schlosser, a furnace technician, says people should expect a wait when calling to get their furnace fixed. (CBC)

Some people in Regina have been feeling the effects of the bitter cold inside their homes. 

Furnace companies have been scrambling to get to every customer needing heat in the past week.

Jocelyn Leclerc has been using her oven to heat her condo since Saturday after her furnace failed. 

At one point Leclerc said the temperature dropped down to 9 C. 

"I just wore a lot of clothes...I slept with my toque," she said. "I have a good comforter so sleeping was fine, just during the day it was really cold."

Three days after Leclerc's furnace went down, Adam Schlosser, a furnace technician came by to fix it. 

There are a number of reasons a furnace can break down including dirty filters, ice build up in the chimney and because it's working a lot harder when it's cold outside. 

Schlosser said technicians expect this furnace fixing frenzy at this time of year, but homeowners don't see it coming. 

"If their furnace goes, turn on their stove as quickly as you can," Schlosser advises. "Stove any heater...fire place...anything to keep the place warm because who knows when we'll get there."

Schlosser also said it may take a few days to find a part needed to fix the furnace, and with the volume of calls during the winter months, people should expect a wait for service. 

He said he's personally dealt with about 50 furnace failures since last week.

with files from Dean Gutheil


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