Subzero temps mean business for plumbers, HVAC technicians

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The early cold snap has left many people desperately trying to get their heating system repaired, according to several very busy HVAC businesses in Vermont.

Every HVAC business Local 22 & Local 44 News contacted on Friday was busy responding to calls, including Ward Manley’s business.

He owns Manley Plumbing & Heating.

He’s been servicing the Franklin County area for 35 years, which means 35 winters repairing heating systems and frozen pipes.

This subzero cold snap, he feels, came early this season.

“We had about 17 calls that came in [Thursday]. We couldn’t do them all, of course,” he said. “The longer this goes, the more calls there’ll be and the more desperate some people will be.”

To keep your pipes flowing, Manley says to let the water drip quickly so your drain lines don’t freeze.

“One of the biggest things I find is people leaving the faucets shut off that are froze up, open those up even if the water’s not coming out and pay attention to them,” said Manley.

Last year, the state of Vermont passed new regulations that require oil tanks to sit on solid foundations and be inspected once every three years.

“The state program the legislature just passed is important – to keep people safe,” said Manley.

Manley expects to work straight through the end of 2017 to make sure all his customers stay warm.

“Just since we’ve been out there, I’ve got 3 calls. It’s really rewarding helping people out. I think that’s one of the nicest things about doing it,” he said.

Manley advises people who live in trailers to be extra prepared. He says to make sure the underneath skirtings are tight, the vents have been closed and the heat tapes are working.

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