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Pennsylvania Emergency Heat Tips

An after-hours emergency call might seem like the obvious choice, but you might be shocked at the fees all companies charge. When the pipes freeze and the furnace shuts down, your best bet may be to bundle up and wait until morning.

The High Price of Emergency Heat

Max Rivard, co-owner of Rivard Brothers in Maine, heads up his company's plumbing and heating division, and reports that after hours emergency service can range from an additional $100 to $200 an hour. "You should expect to pay higher to get someone out of bed at 2 a.m.," he explains. When a complete furnace replacement will already cost you thousands of dollars in parts and labor, you want to make sure your installer is alert for the process.

Wait to Fix That Frozen Pipe

Colder temperatures at night make it prime time for frozen pipe issues, but waiting until morning gives the environment a chance to heat up a little. For this reason and more, Rivard advises to try and avoid the after-hours call if possible. If it's possible to turn on the stove or anything else to safely keep warm, avoiding the call can save a lot in the long run.

Of course, if your safety's at stake, don't let a few hundred dollars and a frozen pipe keep you from picking up the phone. A furnace replacement might not be necessary, and a little late-night research can get you in touch with heater repair specialists near you with the experience required to warm up your home.

 

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