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Cold weather means busy HVAC repair companies

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HVAC repair companies say cold weather means a busy time for them. HVAC repair companies say cold weather means a busy time for them.
DUNEDIN, FL - The heat pump at John Hubbard's home was humming away once again on Tuesday, and cranking out warm air.  On Monday night, when he turned on the heat for the first time this season as temperatures dipped to near-freezing, nothing happened.

"Late last night, or toward the beginning of last evening, suddenly got colder in one room then it normally is," said Hubbard.

He threw an extra blanket on his bed and called a repair company. 

David Riedinger from Dunedin Refrigeration diagnosed Hubbard's problem as a bad blower motor.  Like getting an annual check-up at the doctor, he says homeowners could prevent many problems by having their heating and cooling units serviced regularly.

"You have multiple parts go bad.  A run capacitor.  A compressor could actually go bad.  More a larger dollar item like that.  Or a blower motor could go bad also," said Riedinger.   

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Another more serious hazard is the clear, odorless and potentially deadly gas: carbon monoxide.  In South Florida on Monday, a faulty water heater leaked gas, and sent 7 people to a hospital.  Firefighters say carbon monoxide detectors save lives. 

Car batteries don't like the cold either.  AAA Auto Club numbers show battery jumps and replacements are way up.  Here's a tip for divers to remember:  replacements need to be the correct size.

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With his heat pump fixed, John Hubbard says he no longer needs the extra blanket.

"We're gonna sleep very nice and warm tonight. It's working great now," said Hubbard.

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