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Cold weather causing furnace problems

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM)-- Chances are you've cranked up your heat and the last thing you want right now is a problem with your furnace.

Working in the cold is something Simply Sewing owner Ann Pflibsen feared she might have to do today.

"I came in this morning and it was 45 degrees in here, so it was rather cool. I attempted to turn the furnace on and off a few times and it didn't seem to help," said Ann Pflibsen.

So Ann did what many Tri-States residents have done lately, call a furnace repair man.

"These are the conditions where the house or your facility loses as much heat as we can produce. What you'll see is systems are going to run a lot longer so the chance of something failing are going to be more apt to happen in these cold temperatures," said Steve Peters.

With so many furnaces acting up, Peters says there are several things you can do to help make sure yours isn't next.

"One would be to call and have your system maintained at least once or twice a year. number two, filter. Obviously the easiest thing you can do is make sure your filter is clean because that system is running a lot now and if that filter is dirty it's going to affect the performance and efficiency of your unit. Number three is don't wait if something does happen to call your service company. Give them a chance to set up and come do your repair," added Steve Peters.

Practical advice Ann Pflibsen took to heart.

"It's up and running. We're warm and toasty and everything's ok," added Ann Pflibsen.

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