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QUINCY (WGEM) -- It's the first day of fall and no one wants a cold house when the temperatures start to drop.

That’s why it’s important to start checking those systems now before it gets dangerous.

Keck Heating said having a cold home may be the least of your worries if you wait too long to inspect your heating system.

A broken or malfunctioning heating unit or furnace can cause damage to a home or seriously hurt someone.

“It can be pipes freezing, life threatening if you have a bad furnace that’s putting out carbon monoxide. It can kill you, that is dangerous. So this weather is actually good to get people in that frame of mind and start checking things early," said Edward Scranton, Keck Heating and Air HVAC technician.

HVAC workers say a big problem that they see is those systems let off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.

But the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu, which has experts worried because people may not react fast enough to this issue in their home.

Experts said even if they’re able to diagnose problems with a heating system, because of COVID-19, they may not have the tools to fix these issues as they come up.

“This year with COVID-19, it had created some issue with making sure we can get parts and even systems. So this year it’s going to be even more critical than it has been in the past," Scranton said.

Scranton said people can make small repairs around their own home like replacing air filters, checking or installing carbon monoxide detectors and replacing thermostat batteries.

For any bigger problems, it’s important to consult an expert before the problem gets worse.

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Isabella Rossi

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