Technicians flooded with broken heater calls during cold snap

Created: 12/10/2013 12:26 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tuesday's cold weather is making for a very busy day for local technicians.

From frozen pipes to broken heaters, KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned dozens of emergency calls have been flooding local businesses. One was even too busy to speak with us.

KOB caught up with Ancae Inc., a local plumbing company, before they responded to a call about a broken heater. As of 11 a.m., one of their workers had six emergency appointments, which doesn't include appointments already scheduled for the day.

John Sebolt with Ancae said most of the calls have been about broken heaters. He says there are ways to keep your heater from acting up.

"Every homeowner should have their systems checked out, whether it is just the water heater or a furnace. They need to check those every fall just so you don't have an emergency like that and then you call and find out no one is available to come out and see you actually right now," he said.

Sebolt says frozen pipes can cost up to $800 or even more. For a broken heater, it depends. It could cost up to $1500.

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