HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Home heating systems are being put to the test during this current cold snap. Some are failing at churning out the heat all day and all night.
A furnace on the fritz is becoming a little too common lately. C.W. Schultz & Son, Inc. President Ed Wilson said, “We started getting inundated with no heat calls. These low consistent temperatures cause a lot of the heating problems that we’re seeing now.”
Repair calls are through the roof for the Wilkes-Barre based firm. A service call Wednesday morning in Hanover Township was one of about three dozen that the business has been averaging daily during the current cold snap. Keeping up with the demand is trying to say the least. C.W. Schultz & Son, Inc. “I started today at 8:00 a.m.,” said Service Technician Alfred Hadley. “Yesterday I worked until I went home for an hour and then I worked again until about 11:30 p.m.”
Mr. Wilson discussed his company’s strategy to meet the demand. “We’re trying to take care of everyone the best we can. We’re prioritizing the no heat situations. People with children and, you know, some of the elderly.”
In the case of homeowner Jean Pyhtila, it’s a priority. “You know, it’s one of those problems that gets your full attention.” She and her pets like Molly have had to rough it ever since Saturday when the heat went out at her Tryba Lane home. “It was the middle of the night. It started… boom! It was like a plane was crashing. It was so loud and it shook the house.”
Despite calls to other contractors, Jean couldn’t get a service technician to survey the problem until now. Mr. Hadley determined the blower housing of her decades-old gas furnace finally gave out and left her in the cold. “I want to be warm. I want that heat to just come rising up,” she said.
Trying to stay warm after her furnace gave out hasn’t been easy. Jean has been using space heaters for days and even an oven to just cook up a little heat in the house. The heating problem also means no water upstairs because of frozen pipes. Jean needs a whole new furnace. What she and repair crews also need is a break in the weather. Mr. Wilson said, “We’re going to be busy. It’s going to be all hands on deck over the weekend.”
C.W. Shultz & Son Inc. planned to have Jean’s new furnace installed Wednesday night.