An early arrival of snow and winter is never good for anyone, least of all for people that discover that they need residential heating repairs. If you are just finding out that your furnace or boiler is not working right, you should know how the early winter is going to affect your repair appointment. Here is how the snow and the winter storms this early in the season will impact the needed repairs.
You Are Not Alone
With the arrival of snowstorms at the end of October and early November, hundreds to thousands of people are discovering a lot sooner that their heating appliances have mechanical failures. While it is somewhat comforting to hear that you are not alone in this challenging situation, all of those customers without adequate heat present another sort of challenge. It means that HVAC technicians are going to be working overtime and scrambling to fit customers into a hectic schedule of repairs that only occur Monday through Friday, unless you are willing to pay weekend, emergency, or after-hours rates. Ergo, you may not be able to get your furnace or boiler repaired tomorrow, although hopefully, you will be able to have it repaired in a few days.
Snow Storms Prevent Timely Keeping of Appointments
Some HVAC technicians are so dedicated to what they do that they will appear for scheduled appointments even when the roads are bad and the weather is worse. Even if you are fortunate enough to have a technician that dedicated, you should still reasonably expect some delays between your scheduled appointment and the time that the technician finally arrives. The good news is that most technicians will move your repair appointment to the very top of the list on the following business day if they cannot make it to your home because of road conditions and foul winter weather.
Frigid Temperatures May Cause Truck Problems for Repair Technicians
If it can happen to your own vehicle, it can happen to a commercial repair truck. With that thought in mind, frigid temperatures may delay your technician from arriving because his/her truck will not start. Usually, technicians will phone you to let you know that there will be a delay of this sort and discuss options with you at that time. You can choose to reschedule, or you can choose to wait until the technician is able to get his/her truck running.
To avoid these problems, try to have your heating system checked out earlier in the fall to catch and repair any potential problems.