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Published December 13, 2010, 09:48 AM

Heating crews work overtime to keep up with frigid temperatures

(WDAY TV) - Heaters were working overtime this weekend to keep homes around Fargo warm, but so were workers. Frigid temperatures caused many heating units to fail over the weekend.

Crews for Laney's Heating have been working 24-7 since Friday fixing faulty furnaces, putting in overtime, and keeping area homeowners warm.

Cory Wright: “We get phone calls from our boss asking if we can take a couple extra calls a night, which most guys usually do to help out.”

Crews have responded to more than 100 calls in the last few days, many for the same reason.

Wright: “Check their air filter, about 50-percent of the time that's what's going on.”

Now one of the easiest things you can do to avoid having to make a service call, and one of the most important things you need to do to make your service running properly is to make sure there are no snow drifts covering your vents.

Kevin Wolf: “One of the most common things to cause a furnace to go out is air venting pipes on the outside freezing over or covered in snow, so every homeowner that is the first thing they should check.”

If you are without heat for an extended period of time, there are a few things you can do.

Wolf: “Look to fireplaces if you have that as a secondary system your house. You can use those for secondary heat. Space heaters, but I advise you to watch your space heaters because they can cause issues too.

The single man crews for Laney's have been taking up to 10 calls per day.