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Published January 06, 2014, 07:08 PM

Tips to keep your heating up so your pipes don't freeze

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - So far this winter, cold temperatures have caused water main breaks, frozen pipes, and fires. Offer some tips to keep your heating up to par this winter in hopes your pipes don't freeze.

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - So far this winter, cold temperatures have caused water main breaks, frozen pipes, and fires.

Offer some tips to keep your heating up to par this winter in hopes your pipes don't freeze.

Every heating and plumbing company I spoke with in the F-M area says they're swamped with calls because of our frigid temperatures.

But, I was able to catch up with Precision Plumbing and Heating at a home in West Fargo.

Brad Johnson/Precision Plumbing & Heating: "It's been pretty crazy; the cold weather really brings it out."

Brad Johnson, along with other technicians are busier than usual.

The main complaint,

Johnson: "They call and say that their house is cold and their heat isn't working."

And while that may be the case - there are some potentially quick

Johnson: "You can do it by yourself."

And free fixes.

Johnson: "First thing I would do is check your air filter."

If the filter is covered in dirt, like this one it'll prevent air flow - making your furnace work ten times harder to pump out any heat.

A new air filter give or take costs $5.

Johnson: "The second thing I would do is check your vents outside."

Any ice, frost or snow accumulation on the vent - and you'll have major problems.

Johnson: "It just prevents the furnace from wanting to run."

Finally, Johnson suggests keeping your gas meter free and clear of snow; worst case scenario, your lose heat and your pipes freeze.

Jon Hanson Precision Heating & Plumbing: "If the pipe freezes you just want to make sure you get your water off to the house, so when it does thaw if you have a broken pipe and you're gone for a period of time that your house doesn't flood."

Simple, quick and hopefully effective tips to help your pocketbook.

If you're in need of a technician the best advice is to call sooner rather than later.

Johnson tells me they are already booked out until at least Wednesday if your furnace does stop running, you have about a 12-hour lee-way before it needs to be looked at.

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