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Fluctuating temperatures can cause furnace issues

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Has your furnace made it through the cold snap?

If it did, experts are telling people to have it checked before temperatures drop again.

Officials at Peter's Heating and Air in Hannibal said the big swings in temperatures can have a big impact on furnaces, if they are not maintained properly.

Technician Dustin Rife said your system is working harder during the bitter cold and if your filters are dirty or you have a old system, it can stop working. That means you are stuck in the cold.

"Having the maintenance done is gonna pay for itself, there's just so many little things that can add up and it makes your furnace run efficiently, when everything's cleaned and properly checked," Rife said.

He added some homes have pipes outside that connect to their furnace, which can be the source of issues, be sure to clear the snow around those pipes, so your unit stays running.

Repairs can cost a few hundred dollars depending on the issues.

During extreme weather you could be waiting a while for repairs depending on where you live because of the call volume for certain companies.

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